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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC paper - what do you use? on: September 24, 2008 09:33:13 AM
I saw the thread on the Strathmore paper and would like to order some.  I'm just not sure which would be best for my purposes.  I've been cutting my own out of Strathmore Watercolor 300 series.  I use a lot of paint on mine and some images.  It works ok with what I am doing, but I noticed there is linen paper for acrylics and even canvas paper.

Which paper do you use?  Which do you think might work best for my purposes?  Here is a thread where I posted my ATCs to get an idea of how I use the paper:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270349.0

Thank You!

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Newbie with photos to share on: September 24, 2008 09:30:51 AM
I've enjoyed lurking around Craftster and seeing all the things going on around here.  It has been fun. 

I've been working with mixed media collage for only about 9 months.  I am trying not to focus on getting it perfect/right - just trying things out and seeing what happens.  I have found that ATCs are a great way for me to experiment...minimal cost, minimal pressure and a great way to use extra paint if I am working on something bigger.

Here are the ATCs that I have done so far.  Let me know your thoughts.  Right now I don't add much text because some of those "touchy feelie" type phrases sorta bug me.  But I am going to experiment more with it - right now I only add words if they strike me at the time.

My first one - I would do more scratching on this to hide the paper.  Or image transfer would be even better, but I am just getting into that now:


My experiment with wings.  Not my style, but figured I'd try it out with a pic of my mom.


Classic use of extra paint as I am working on something bigger:




Made this one to copy onto scrabble tile pendant:


A friends dog:

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Going to start with resin...epoxy or poly? on: September 13, 2008 07:09:58 AM
So I am up to page 30 in the big resin thread.  However, today is my only day to go shopping and I haven't seen this question/answer yet. 

If I am brand new to resin - never worked with it before. I am going to start with ice cube trays with images/photos embedded.  Eventually I will make jewelery either with the ice trays or perhaps with pendant trays.  But for now for practice I'm guessing that I'll be making magnets!

Is it best to start with epoxy or polyester if you have no experience? 
Any favorite brands?

Thanks!
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