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« on: December 11, 2006 07:43:05 AM »

I'm starting to think that people here just use playing cards for their ATCs, am I right? I've only made a handful of cards, and I just cut them out of index cards, but I'm assuming there's a better way! Sorry if this post is stupid, but I've read around and I'm hoping I havent missed a similar topic around here somewhere!

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006 07:57:42 AM »

I'm sure this has been covered somewhere on here, but I'll run thru all the stuff I've heard used.   I personally use really heavy watercolour paper or heavy vellum bristol board cut to size.  I like a card that is somewhat sturdier.  Other people use playing cards, recycled cardboard (from food boxes etc.), mat board scraps (I've heard some framing places give them away), even thin pieces of veneer board.  Then there's the whole fabric thing (usually with some kind of stabilizer for body) which I hope to try soon.   As long as its the right size and works for you, go for it (once you start looking around you'll get many ideas)
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006 07:58:52 AM »

You can use anything...the requirement is just that is has to be
2.5 by 3.5 inches.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006 10:33:23 AM »

I've also used cardstock, greeting cards, invitations and mailla folders cut to size.  Anything that crosses my path that is the proper thickness is fair game!
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006 01:39:38 PM »

those are all really helpful suggestions. I have a ton of watercolor paper around here.. Never would have thought about using that. Thanks so much for all your suggestions Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2006 10:07:44 PM »

I use the matt board mostly. I use a coupon and get the board in 32"x40" for about $3. Then I have a sweet Sr. friend who cuts the board for me into the size that I need.  We generally get 144 ATCs out of it.
I do a lot of digital ATC's and find that it gives me a sturdier canvas.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2006 02:07:31 PM »

Since I like to use acrylic paint in my cards I needed something that wouldn't warp or get soggy when i painted on it so I browsed around at an ACMoore and I came upon these really thin sheets of wood.  And I love them!  I don't know what they are officially called, but you can find them in the wood objects isle at your craft store!
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2006 08:45:39 PM »

Since I like to use acrylic paint in my cards I needed something that wouldn't warp or get soggy when i painted on it so I browsed around at an ACMoore and I came upon these really thin sheets of wood.  And I love them!  I don't know what they are officially called, but you can find them in the wood objects isle at your craft store!

That's awesome!  How do you cut them?
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2006 10:08:39 PM »

Ooh I'm really liking the idea of the matt board. I know exactly where to find that. I just went and got a deck of playing cards to hold me over- the hobby store is almost an hour away and i'm not in the mood to make that drive LOL

I'm also thinking the thin wood would be awesome.. I'd also like to know how to cut those! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006 09:01:45 AM »

 I haven't been making cards for long, but I just recycle cardboard and paper that I have lying around. I'm big on reusing old stuff instead of throwing it out, so it's great Smiley
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