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« on: January 12, 2007 11:10:34 AM »

I've been watching all the beautiful cards you guys are making. I'm hoping you can give me some advice on how to get started  Huh  and maybe some general directions. I also hope I haven't posted this request in the wrong place and that no one thinks I'm dumb for asking.  Undecided  I'd really like to get into this stuff. Please help, craftsters!! Thanks in advance for being so understanding of my ignorance.  Roll Eyes


Thanks to all the wonderful replies and encouragements, I've finished my first three cards! And without further ado:


This is "Sun on the Water" - Acrylic paints


This is "Sun on the Water II" - lol It's basically the same view with a different medium. It's fabrics, foam, and layers.



This one is "Retribution" and I apologize in advance if it offends anyone. I painted the background first (obviously) and it looked like fire. So I thought, who should be IN the fire? And, well, you see the results. The text reads "Gone but not Forgiven" in case it's blurry.

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"Who's the cat?" Newspaper, ink, and cardstock. I drew Garfield myself...be gentle, I'm not a great draw-er.  Wink Anyway, the text says "Garfield is better (and bigger too)"

If anyone is interested in swapping for one of these in my *very first* ATC swap EVER, just pm me. Thanks for looking and being newbie-tolerant. Any comments/criticisms/advice/questions welcome!!

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007 01:31:14 PM »

Start with Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_card. Then I suggest searching online for artists' websites to see what they've made or pick up some magazines at the craft store to look. Then let your imagination run!

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007 01:39:00 PM »

Thanks for the link. That helped quite a bit. So, the pictures/art/paintings or whatever are on regular playing cards? And decorated any way the artist sees fit? Interesting...
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007 01:44:32 PM »

You don't have to work on an existing playing card, although you could. The size of an ATC is that of a playing card (2.5 x 3.5 inches) and usually on card stock.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007 07:49:00 PM »

Think about an atc as just a tiny piece of art. It can be drawn, painted, collaged, or any combination of those techniques. Go crazy! The nice thing about them is that they're so small that if you mess up, it's no great loss. Toss it out and start again. Once you get one you like, post it here.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2007 08:19:25 PM »

I've always done collage here and there, but I've made a total of 7 atc's now. I have been using box bits- like from cereal boxes- for bases. I'll tell you what I think helped me along. I went and got a bunch of scrapbooking papers that I liked. Those make good backgrounds to build upon. Whenever I have a background first, things flow along better. I've got some good background stamps too.
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That's the great thing about ATC's.  Aside from the size, the sky's the limit on what you can do.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007 07:13:06 AM »

That's true- you can collage on them, paint w/ watercolors, acrylics, pastels, sketch on them, glitter them up, tear their corners, punch holes in them, and generally anything you want to do to express yourself or to express your emotions. It's all ok! Hence the true beauty of the ATC- there is NO Wrong Way To Make Them. That is truly why they are so addicting! They truly are a bit of you on paper.
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2007 08:11:30 AM »

Aww, you guys are the greatest. I knew I could count on craftsters. I will have to try one as soon as possible. I just thought maybe there was some rules I needed to know or something. Thanks again, everyone!   Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2007 09:05:22 PM »

the only rule is their size.. the rest is up to you!

Some people (like me!!) make them out of fabric, or I collage, or I do them digitally.. the choice is yours.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2007 10:39:22 AM »

I'm working on a couple right now...Painting and fabrics, mostly. I'll post pics on this thread when I'm done, if anyone wants to see.
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2007 06:27:35 PM »

You *know* we want to see!
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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2007 12:20:56 PM »

Aw, thanks, Katxena. I posted some.

On another topic, I have another stupid question: How do you get your cards to lay flat after you paint/collage/glue them? Mine don't want to lay flat AT ALL. Advice?
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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2007 12:34:58 PM »

On another topic, I have another stupid question: How do you get your cards to lay flat after you paint/collage/glue them? Mine don't want to lay flat AT ALL. Advice?

I do one of two things: I glue it to a fresh piece of cardstock or I put it under a bunch on books.  If I do the latter, I usually wrap it in wax paper just to make sure it doesn't stick.

Edited to add:  I really like the first sun on water card.  All the different blues are so pretty.
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2007 12:46:20 PM »

When you say cardstock, does that mean no cardboard? I came across some really neat cardboard in a giftbox my daughter received. It's blue with bubble shapes. Is cardboard allowed, or cardstock only? I don't think anyone said one way or the other. Just wanted to know. Thanks again!
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2007 12:50:26 PM »

When you say cardstock, does that mean no cardboard? I came across some really neat cardboard in a giftbox my daughter received. It's blue with bubble shapes. Is cardboard allowed, or cardstock only? I don't think anyone said one way or the other. Just wanted to know. Thanks again!

Anything you want to use is fair game.  Cardboard is fine.  I used a box that a cheesecake factory cake came in once -- it was pretty!  What I should have said was I glue on an additional piece  of backing, whether it's cardstock, cardboard, metal from a beer can or fabric interfacing.  Ok, I've never done that beer can thing, but I really want to.
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2007 12:52:20 PM »

LOL That beer can part sounds interesting...I'd cut my hand off, tho! I can't wait to use this cardboard now! 

*hugs for Katxena!*
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