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Topic: 1st ATC - Impractical Joker  (Read 4455 times)
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« on: April 28, 2008 08:38:18 AM »



I've long admired ATCs, both for the amazing art and for the rule that they can't be sold, only exchanged.  I didn't think I had the skills to make one after seeing so many beautiful examples, but recently I took an  opportunity to give it a try.  I was in an organized swap (Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap) with a partner who likes playing cards, especially jokers.  I'd found 8 or so jokers from different decks, but was kind of stuck on what to make for the swap.  I thought, "How can I make a joker that's cool?"  I started searching my Dover books - no real jokers there - but she also likes skulls, so I thought that I could print onto iron-on transfer paper then embroider a joker hat!  Black and red are two of her favorite colors, so that was the logical choice.  And since she also likes silver, I used that for the "bells" on his hat.  The bells are a diamond, heart club and spade and boy, is that silver embroidery floss mean to work with.



The embroidered transfer (on muslin) is sewn to black vinyl and the information is another iron-on transfer on muslin, sewn on.



I can't believe how nervous I am about posting this!  I'm not used to projects with "rules"!  I looked at a couple of sources for rules and hope I didn't break any.  It's 2.5" x 3.5", of course.  Set me straight on anything I missed, please!
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008 08:45:53 AM »

oh that's great!!! i just started doing ATC's as well.  It is certianly a scarey thing to get into !  great job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2008 08:52:30 AM »

Very cool ATC!!  The only real rules for ATCs are size and the "always traded never sold" thing.  Other than that you are free to do whatever you like!  I really like the embroidery and vinyl backing, very creative Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2008 09:13:43 AM »

mamaedgar: Isn't it weird how nervous-ing it is?  I think the "More Art, Less Craft" category here makes it intimidating, too.  I'm going to go look for you, now!

Alteredmommy: Thanks!  That's what I picked up, but I was nervous I was missing something.  I'm assuming you can give them w/o receiving in return, too, no?  I think the embroidery saved me - because collage intimidates me.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008 09:36:34 AM »

mamaedgar: Isn't it weird how nervous-ing it is?  I think the "More Art, Less Craft" category here makes it intimidating, too.  I'm going to go look for you, now!

it is totally wierd, i've been doing art for years on large canvases, but these little 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 cards freak me out!  my first 3 ATC's were for the ABC ATC swap last month ..... i am working on three more for the DEF swap now. My first ones were very tame and not really my style, so these next ones are uch better ..... I'm breaking out of my ATC shell!
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008 10:06:33 AM »

Looks like you have a good start!  I'm not sure I'll go any further with ATCs, but I'm relieved that I gave it a try and that I'm not ashamed of it.  Weird what trips up one's creativity, but not another's. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2008 10:11:29 AM »

Oh this rocks! I love it!
(I had no idea you made it T until I looked at your avatar! LOL, so no I am NOT stalking you! Cheesy)
Such detail especially with the silver suit bells. Wink Love it.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2008 10:14:14 AM »

beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008 10:56:12 AM »

Rockstarmom:  Thanks!  Yeah, it's not really my style and it kind of scares me a little bit, but I'm pleased with it.  I totally have never stalked you or anything.  Wouldn't be ladylike... or, uh, something. 

Acidtrix:  Thanks!  I'm not usually one to seek out a bunch of affirmation for my creations (usually just a little  Wink ), but for some reason with this it's helping me cross the hurdle.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2008 11:02:37 AM »

OUTstanding!!!!!!!!!!  It sorrows me to hear that you're not looking into continuing.  You've got the 1st one out of the way and you're an obvious natural so give it some more thought. (small thought that is  Wink)

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