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41  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Reverse card designs on: June 24, 2007 12:16:40 AM
Does anyone have any images of these they would be willing to share?

I'm collecting bits for the 100 challenge- got started on collecting flower images so far Smiley

But how do you guys do the reverse of your cards? I've seen some lovely ones by Crafty_dame(and I can't remember your name but they are gorgeous cards- I think I will have to edit this post and add the name in a minute!)(did edit it!!!) but not many people show how they individualise the reverse of your cards.

Obviously if you don't want to share your name and email address I understand but any blank ones?Huh

Ta muchly!!!
Kathryn aka Boatbird
42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / New ATC'er in Cyprus on: June 22, 2007 11:55:44 AM
 Smiley Hi from Cyprus Smiley

I'm new to ATC's but inspired by them- I have started collecting digital backgrounds to print- and my step-daughter bought me a whole box of greetings cards bits for my birthday last week (ooooh!!!! stamps, stickers and all sorts!)

I've got tons of ideas and don't know where to start. I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to get protective sleeves over here- I used to collect trading cards back in the UK... the folders are back there of course in my MIL's loft (typical!!!) and most of my craft bits are there too.

I found some cool leaves on a bush behind where I work and have photocopied them and scanned them and played with them a little... I'm pretty sure I have a spare pack of cards somewhere at home (on our boat.... another story) and i have been collecting other stuff (like cyprus pennies- they are tiny and we go over to the euro next year so I've got to use them somewhere!!)

Where do I start? Is it literally a sit down and play with things till you like them?Huh I've got so much inspiration that I don't know what to do first!!!

Would anyone be interested in trading with me when I have some work to show?? I'm thinking of getting together an in-person swap (as that's how ATC's started I believe) as I have contacts in the local art-scene here in Cyprus) but it would be nice to have something different to show people rather than just my own work!

Any hints and tips would be appreciated too Smiley

Thank you Smiley
Kathryn aka Boatbird
43  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Share a technique on: June 22, 2007 11:19:31 AM
incredible tip/technique! The speckled stone spray would be awesome and add a texture---another great idea! You rock![end quote]

Oh dear! (stone spray/ you rock) hur hur

 Roll Eyes

69 pages and my eyes hurt Smiley

So, other techniques not necessarily from ATC's though but other sources (ie mum being a playgroup person!)

The bubbles with poster paint work well (three and four year olds love them too!)

Printing from painted bits of string- dunk different lengths of string/ yarn etc (try them knotted too!) into liquid paint- (poster paint for cheapness and bright colours), spream them into a plastic tray, cover with a piece of paper and press.

Proper marbling- you don't see this very often now! Tray about 2 inches deep, half filled with water. Mix a little oil paint (bright colours work better) with something to thin it (turps, special thinners or white spirit) and drop a few drops on the surface of the water. Add maybe two other colours... drag different things through the water to create patterns but don't swirl too much as the colours will start to blend together... (try using a fork or just give the water a stir). Then carefully lay the paper on the top of the water (make sur eno air bubbles and it doesn't go under the surface!). Peel off the paper carefully and leave it flat to dry.
You can also get special marbling inks but that takes the fun out of it!

Oil pastels can be thinned with white spirits and spread around like paint... blended together etc.

Can anyone remember playing with glass marbles as a kid. Drop some in some poster paint, put a piece of paper at the bottom of a tray (at least one inch deep) and roll the marbles over the paper. Great fun!

Piece of cardboard- plain white non shiny. Add small snippets of thread, yarns, sequins, ribbon, foil and other sweetie wrappers. Cover with clingfilm (I think you call it shrinkwrap in the US?), place a piece of baking parchment over the top and iron on a fairly hot setting. Sets the threads to the cardboard base well! Makes good gift tags!

Stamps with an eraser. Rather than carving the eraser, choose one with a lovely shiny smooth surface and write on it with a biro (the opposite of how you want it to come out obviously!) and press onto paper. The stamp will last for a couple of prints, you can go over it with biro again and when you are done, it wipes off. Unique- one of a kind prints!

Hope these inspire you Wink

Kathryn aka BoatBird

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