ATC Tutorial

I love making ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards). They are small, 2.5″ x 3.5″, and easy and made using old playing cards. I made these for a great cause; Girls Love Mail It’s a program where you write a little note or make a small piece of art and send it to this group. They then distribute it to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. I only hope that my little ATC’s can give someone a little amount of comfort during what is probably the most terrible time of their lives.

Ok onto a little tutorial.

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Playing cards…check
I just painted these over with white paint. You can use Gesso…but I just used some old white wall paint I had left over. Gesso’s is great, but expensive! lol

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I glued some old book pages onto the painted cards. LIke Gesso…Modge Podge is expensive so I use this recipie (click on the how to make decoupage link) to make my own. I know, at first I had a hard time ripping up old books. I love books. But I found this book very cheap at a local antique/junk shop. It most likely would be thrown away or recycled anyway. So it’s just my way of recycling. 😉 You could also use old maps or phone book pages.

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I then started adding layers of paint. I used a swirl stencil with spray mist and a heart stencil with blue paint. I also used a poka-dot stamp. Just add as many layers as you want. I can get in a bit of trouble because I just keep adding and adding. I have hard time of knowing when to stop! I also used a stamp pad to ink the edges.

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I stenciled the word Faith on it and outlined it with black marker. Added some ribbon and a button.

These are also a good way to get the creative juices flowing.
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