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August 14, 2013

DIY Ideas For Artist Trading Cards!


Hello G45ers,

Today we're bringing you a very special blog post that's all about the fun and beauty of artist trading cards! ATCs are so enjoyable to create and they are just perfect as gifts, cards, or to string together in a pretty banner! Artist trading cards are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards and are usually small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Because they are small they are perfect to send through the mail! Did you know that ATCs got their start in the mail art movement in Switzerland? It's true! There are so many fun ways to use ATCs and there are endless ways to make them! We're going to explore some fabulous ideas for Graphic 45 ATCs with a stunning Bohemian Bazaar creation by Nichola Battilana! Then Susan Lui will share 5 marvelous ATCs from various Graphic 45 collections! Get ready for a truly inspiring day, G45ers!

Lets begin with this bright and beautiful ATC by Nichola! She combined Bohemian Bazaar with gorgeous floral embellishments, golden accents and splendid fussy cut elements. The lavish layers and dimension in this ATC make it absolutely breathtaking! Want to create one of your own? Follow along with Nichola's fun video tutorial! Here is what she had to say about this incredible work of art!

"The vibrant colours and patterns of Bohemian Bazaar totally remind me of the beautiful colour palette used in the depictions of Hindu deities. And so, here is an ACT which celebrates the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi through the beautiful papers of Graphic 45." -Nichola

Downloadable ATC tags: http://battilana.net/NicholaBattilana_ATCbacktag_freebie.pdf

Video Tutorial:







Bohemian Bazaar -Bohemian Bazaar

Bohemian Bazaar - Opulent Sunset

* Bohemian Bazaar Tags & Pockets used as template *

ATC blank

Dresden trim

Petaloo flower


Rubber Cement

Gold glitter

                                                                        Hindu goddess image

Next we have 5 gorgeous ATC creations that Susan made with lots of different Graphic 45 collections! You can really see the diverse and beautiful possibilities for ATCs! Each Graphic 45 collection has its own story to tell, with its own unique color palette and exquisite designs. Let each collection's unique look inspire you to create your own pretty ATCs! Susan used Place in Time, French Country, Bird Song and Olde Curiosity Shoppe in these incredible cards! You can see how floral and cardstock embellishments along with fussy cut elements help to give each card its own style. You can even gather the family around the crafting table to create a bunch of pretty ATCs together! These cards are so sweet and so much fun to create! Here is what Susan had to say about these fabulous ATCs!

"This is a set of 5 ATCs I created for an ATC swap at my local scrapbooking store, PaperMarket. I used different collections of Graphic 45 to create little pieces of collaged ATCs." -Susan Lui













Place In Time February Cut Aparts

Place In Time March Cut Aparts

Place In Time May Cut Aparts

French Country Bon Appetit

French Country Flowers

French Country Grandeur

French Country Stickers

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Parlor Wall, Olde Curiosity Shoppe

                                    Bird Song Pearls of Wisdom, Bird Song, Shanghai Girls, Enlightenment

We hope you all had a great time exploring today's amazing ATC creations! We encourage you all to have some fun creating ATCs of your very own! We want to thank Nichola and Susan for their gorgeous work today! We had such a great time getting to share these amazing crafts with all of you! There's more fun and inspiration in store on tomorrow's blog! We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a fantastic day, G45ers! Thank you again for stopping by!

Your Pals in Paper

Team Graphic 45


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ATC's are so much fun to make. You can pack a whole bunch of techniques in a tiny space. Thanks for the inspiration.

Such great inspiration. I have so many little scraps of G45 paper that I never want to throw out. I think I might just make a G45 series of ATC's!

Great photos, beautiful ideas as always.
Love G45 papers :-)

Excellent way of using up your small left over scrap papers and embellishments. Something I'm always trying to do since I hate to throw anything away.

ATC's are sooooooooo fun!! I just loveeeeeeeeeee these!!!! Gorgeous!!

Very cure cards, and thrifty, too!

Simply fantastic!!!

Great trading cards. They all look so wonderful.

great ideas as always!

These really take ATC's to the next level. Great work.

Love the trading cards great inspiration.

These are gorgeous...love them all.

Wow! The patience with all this wonderful work and detail on ATC's... they're pretty small! TFS :)

Little works of art - ATC! Love what you have done. Just as with other trading cards, I have a collection which has been framed and hung in my studio.

Such cute little works of art! Great use for scraps you just can't bare to throw away. TFS!

Trading cards...what a great idea!!

This is a great idea to use up all those left over bits and pieces from other projects!

Fab ideas as always!!

Just look at all of those wonderful ATCs! Great job!

Love the ATC's. They are really mini works of art. They give me ideas for cards on a larger scale. Thanks

Wow - I have never made an ATC. Might have to start!

Very nice ATC's. Inspiring! Thank you!

Just darling, so small yet filled with color and personality!

Fabulous ATC's!! Awesome detail! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Such gorgeous ATCs! Amazing how different they all are. Full of paper crafting inspiration!
Thank you for sharing.

Love these ATC'S. Never made one but going to keep this page for future reference. Very inspiring and love the tutorial. Hope Nichola feels better.

I have never done ATC's before but I am inspired to try them now.

Love all of them all!

I love these ATC's!

So cute!

Miniature collage seems like fun! I like that each creation goes a little faster. I'm thinking a series of these would make a great banner. Thanks for the ideas. Hope I'm a product winner!

I've never made ATCs, but now I want to! The designers are so talented.

Amazing ATCs - great inspiration, thanks!! Judy D.

These are so much fun to make. Fabulous!!!

Lovely ATCs, great inspiration for using us little leftovers, which I have a pile of because I forget to use them, great reminder.

These are just too beautiful!! I've never done ATCs, but I bet even I as a card-maker could incorporate ATCs onto my cards!
<3 J

I love ATC's. I made some using "ABC Primer" that will go live in my blog on Friday. I will probably make some using the 12 Days of Christmas set when it comes too. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration.

Cheri- John 3:16

I love ATC, are so beautiful!!! love It

I will take the ideas and transform them into gift tags for my presents. thanks for the ideas.

LOVE the ATC's...just beautiful...I'm going to make some!!

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