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Topic: First-ever ATCs and clear tape image transfers  (Read 1358 times)
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« on: April 15, 2013 08:07:57 AM »

I never in my life thought I would make an ATC.  Recently I learned about making image transfers with clear packing tape, and suddenly making ATCs seems really appealing.  These are my first two cards.  They are admittedly sloppy/crazy, but I really like the spontenaity and imperfection of them.  I find they are bringing out my irreverent/juvenile sense of humor.  I don't know if I will ever trade them, but the idea of sending totally goofball ATCs to my friends out of the blue seems fun.  My older brother, who loves fart jokes, seems to be my ATC muse.

My very first card, King Hoppy, was a total mistake.  I tried transferring an image of a king to fabric, and it totally faded and smeared.  (Since then I found out what I did wrong.)  I tried outlining the image, which looked horrible, and then I decided instead of throwing it away to experiment with layering on transparent images.  I gave him a kangaroo head, a keyhole breastplate, a sceptre, and then glued on sequin jewels and an orb.  As crazy as it is, I love it anyway.

My second card is for my afore-mentioned older brother.  As kids we used to catch horned lizards (we called them horny toads) and they can squirt blood from their eyes as a defense.  When I saw a drawing of a horned lizard (horny toad) squirting blood from its eyes, I knew I had to make a card from it and send it to my bro.  For both cards, I used old playing cards as a base.

I don't claim to be an artist in any sense, but I sure am having fun with these.  I have a couple more in the works, including one with a fart joke especially for my brother.  Even though I will turn 40 this year, it's fun to have discovered a medium that allows me to access my inner 12 year-old.

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013 11:19:43 AM »

Aren't atc's fun? You used so many great techniques in these cards. Kudos!

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013 08:08:06 AM »

Thank you!  It's surprising how they're bringing out a different side of my personality.  There's something about how small they are that makes them feel very spontaneous and accessible to do.
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013 07:50:44 PM »

 the size of the project and the time commitment needed leads to success, not intimidating at all.  I love the horny toad lol

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013 06:42:38 AM »

Thank you!!
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