Monday, December 7, 2009

Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge #5 - ATC's

Hello all you Bad Girls!

Some of you may not know what an ATC is so here is some useful info for you! Taken straight from Wikipedia:

Artist Trading Cards
(or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards,[1] or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm X 9cm),[2] small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.[3] The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland.[4] Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold. To view more of the article, click here.

I have my own collection of ATC's I've been adding to for years. Some are framed and others are in an album. These are sooo fun and so addicting.

Art Tip: You know all those little bits of scraps and papers I told you to hang on to? Well they are perfect for little art pieces!! I save everything and use them in my ATC's.

Another cool tip is that your standard card from a card deck is the right size as well. Take an old card deck and glue your art right on top, paint on top or collage on top. I used to buy old decks from the antique shop for this purpose. Make sure they are the right size though.

OK onto my photos of this project! I chose the "Life" theme.

All 4!

"Life is Love"

"Life is Friends"

"Life is Mysterious"

"Life is Funny"

What I did on the backs of the cards.

Challenge #5 supply list

1. Strathmore ATC Canvas Paper - precut so it makes it easy
2. Scrapbooking paper of choice
3. Vintage image downloads - I purchased mine from French Kissed.
4. Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass "Regal" in Creme de Rouge -(transparency) purchased from Wendy Rago's shoppe
5. Gold Pearl Ex Powder
6. Q-Tip for applying the Pearl Ex
7. Scotch Craft Stick (glue)
8. Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Peeled Paint" - green
9. Golden Fluid Acrylics, "Quinacridone Crimson"
10. General's Sketch & Wash Pencil - a must!
11. Peach colored pencil
12. Cricut Personal Cutter - not a must have but I used this to create the different shapes with the paper


These are really easy to create and make great gifts for people. The only rule in making ATC's is to make sure you have them the correct size at 2.5" x 3.5" and the rest is up to your creativity. I really had a hard time with this project which is so ironic. I was over thinking them and sometimes the most simplest design is the best! I chose the "Life" theme and wanted to show various aspects of life. "Life is Friends", "Life is Love", "Life is Funny" & "Life is Mysterious". When I knew what I was looking for I went on a hunt for the perfect vintage photos for this project. I found them and they just came together! First I took my ATC paper and applied a thin layer of acrylic paint with my fingers, next I cut the various shapes using my Cricut Cutter that I wanted in the scrapbook paper. Glued them down the way I wanted them, trimmed the images to fit the way I wanted, glued them and found my transparencies that I thought fit and glued them. Next I applied the Pearl Ex with the Q-Tip to add some glimmer I chose gold. I traced the main image with the Sketch & Wash Pencil to make it stand out, I also traced the flower, heart and other paper. I then colored in the cheeks on the images to make them rosy with the colored pencil. Last but not least I went around the edges with the Tim Holtz Distress ink to frame the images. To finish off the ATC's I added another piece of paper to the back to make it more stiff as well as to add color. I cut out another shape and titled, signed and dated each one. Have fun with this and happy ATC trading, they really are little treasures!


The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Card to shop like a Bad Girl in the Bad Girl Shoppe! Be sure to leave a blog comment here first!

Three Rules to Follow:
  1. Follow the challenge guidelines exactly
  2. Post your project in the specific "Project 52" gallery with the title "Challenge #5 ATC's" before December 19 Midnight Pacific Time (see time converter)
  3. Link your layout to the Challenge #5 Thread in the Project 52 forum

Challenge 5 – ATCs (4 minimum, series/not, traditional size, foldable extensions)

  • ThemeLife &/or Death (funky and dark, light and bright, etc…)
  • Required material Transparencies (part/whole, printed/painted/inked, etc…)

Till next time!


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