Category Archives: ATC’s

play ATC

This weekend I am in an ATC (artist trading card) swap with some friends.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to create (there isn’t a theme) except I knew that I wanted to dig out my long-neglected melting pot and use it somehow.  I settled on dipping some Prima flowers.  Then I pulled out a photo of myself when I was very young and scanned/cropped/printed them out onto photo paper.  I went with a black and yellow color combo and came up with this…

After the flowers were dipped in the UTEE, I added a tiny half pearl that was colored with a black Sharpie.  (The Stay Put Craft Mat is wonderful to work on when using hot UTEE!)  The words are from the Sweet ‘n Sassy set called His Child and the yellow flowers stamped across the corner of the photo are from the SNSS Decorative Frame Toppers.

Have a great Wednesday!  School is out here now so I’m enjoying a quiet morning!  :0)

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- His Child and Decorative Frame Toppers; paper- Glossy Photo Paper, black, SU! Crushed Curry; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crushed Curry, Black Sharpie marker; accessories- Scor-Tape, Stay Put Craft Mat, Melting Pot, UTEE, May Arts lace, printer, Prima flower, tracing wheel, adhesive pearl.

RIP Ima Goner

Hello!  It feels great to get back in the swing of things.  I’m still cleaning up after the wedding but it’s fun to be stamping again!  My friends, the Gigglers, and I traded some ATC’s recently (most of them were Halloween)…how fun?!  Here’s mine…

The tombstone is an old Cuttlebug die.  I typed the words and printed them on gray cardstock.  Then I *very carefully* diecut them so the words would fit into the empty space after embossing.  Let’s just say that part wasn’t so fun.  lol.

I thought the witch’s feet from Wicked Cool would fit the words.  I also stamped the spiderweb, drew his legs, and used black Stickles for his body.

I had some extra pieces so I also made a card. (Yes, I was crazy enough to diecut extra tombstones!)  I used the Cuttlebug Spiderweb embossing folder, a spider from Googly Ghouls and some googly eyes on this one.

Have a great night!

ATC: stamps- Wicked Cool; paper- Basic Grey, Moxie- Midnight Dreary; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Dusty Durango, Certainly Celery; accessories- Cuttlebug RIP, Stickles, dimensionals.

card: stamps- Wicked Cool, Googly Ghouls; paper- Basic Grey, Dusty Durango, white, Certainly Celery, Black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Dusty Durango, Certainly Celery, craft white; accessories- Cuttlebug RIP and Spiderweb, Martha Stewart Iron Fence and Grass, dimensionals, googly eyes.

a slider ATC

One of the swaps I joined at our stamping event on Saturday was an ATC (artist trading card) swap.  I was inspired by a friend who made a miniature Slider Card about 6 years or so ago.  I’ve always loved it and wanted to try one myself.  Since I couldn’t tear it apart without ruining it, I had to figure out some of the measurements.  These can look difficult but don’t let it intimidate you…once you make one, you’ll see that it’s really not hard.  The Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape are very helpful!

To go along with our theme, I used the Crafty Secrets Wizard of Oz stamp set.

The bottom has a string to pull with 2 small punched circles.  On one side I stamped, cut out, and attached the tin man’s “heart”.  On the other side I attached the scarecrow’s “brain” (diploma).  When the string is pulled, two pieces of cardstock slide out from the top and bottom openings.

Here’s some close-ups…

(Sorry for the bad photos… DH was using the table that holds my light tent to attach his string jig to make a new bow string (archery).)

The directions for making a Slider Card can be found here on Splitcoast.  The key mechanism to making this work is a strip of plastic shopping bag that is carefully added to the inside.  Below I will list the measurements for both the A2 (normal size card) and the ATC (shown here) so you can compare them to the tutorial on SCS and cut everything correctly.

Slider Card Measurements:

strip of plastic shopping bag:  A2- 1 x 11 , ATC- 1 x 8

base:  A2- 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 , ATC- 2 1/2 x 3 1/2

slider frame:  A2- 5 1/4 x 11 , ATC- 3 1/4 x 7 1/2

(2) slider pieces:  A2- 3 1/2 x 4 , ATC- 1 3/4 x 3 1/8

square punch:  A2- 1 1/4 or 1 3/8, ATC- 1 1/8 or 1 1/4

For the ATC, the slider frame piece (3 1/4 x 7 1/2) was scored with a Scor-Pal on the 7 1/2″ side @ 2 3/8, 4 3/4, and 7 1/8.  (Trim just a smidge off the left edge if needed so that it folds nicely.)

Have fun with it!

stamps- Crafty Secrets Wizard of Oz; paper- black, white, red; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Cherry Cobbler; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, heart punch, pop dot, crochet thread, circle punch, plastic Walmart bag, square punch, corner rounder.

blissful atc

Just popping in quick to share an ATC (artist trading card) I made for a swap.  I used the Faux Tile Technique, so the little white squares are nice and glossy! 

A clear gemstone was placed under the word bliss to give it some sparkle. 

Have a great night!

stamps- SU! Bliss; paper- Basic Black, Blushing Bride, white; ink- Memento Black, Blushing Bride; accessories- Crystal Effects, clear gemstone.

an onion anyone?

Today I thought I’d pop in to share my ATC swap for Saturday’s event.  I still haven’t unpacked, so I haven’t checked out the ones I received yet. 

When I saw this Hambo stamp last year, I thought it would make a funny get-well card.  But it also made a cute ATC, I think. 

The onion was stamped onto the white cardstock and then stamped again onto a piece of vellum, cut out and layered over top. 

I thought I’d share another pic from Saturday.  This one is “the girls” outside of My Tomato Pie after dinner.  It was the best dinner I had there yet…sooo yummy!  And even better when shared with friends!  No eating onions here….LOL….I ♥ spending time with them!  (check out Michele’s pink toe shoes!) 

Lisa, Cheryl, Beth, me, Michele, Tracy, Karen

Thanks for stopping by!

card recipe: stamps- An Apple A Day by Hambo, tiny apple- SU! 2 Teach, onion- DD Very Veggie, SU! Chicken Wire; paper- white, red, Garden Green, vellum; ink- Memento Black, SU! Crumb Cake; accessories- Copics, Stickles, EK Success Victorian Photo Corner punch.

faux pressed flowers

Happy weekend!  Where does the time go?  This week flew by very quickly! 

I am just popping in with my last project from the shoebox event I attended recently.  This is my ATC swap (artist trading cards).  If you are not familiar with ATC’s, they are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  It is fun to work on the smaller size and see what everyone else creates too.  I used the Faux Pressed Flower technique to make mine.

I started by attaching a piece of paper lace doily to the bottom corner and then I stamped the leaves and added the paper flowers.  I tried an embossing folder with a tighter pattern but it was a bit too busy on this and it was harder to read the words.  I kept the first pieces, though…maybe I’ll try to make some cards with them. 

I’ll be sharing some more shoebox and swap projects in May…I’m already looking forward to the next one!

stamps- SU! Best Blossoms and Bloomin’ Beautiful; paper- kraft, purple, white; ink- SU! Olive, Distress Vintage Photo; accessories- Primas, paper doilies, Cuttlebug Textile folder, EK Success Victorian Photo Corner punch, liquid pearls.

more candy corn cards

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  On Saturday I attended another SCS shoebox gathering.  Fun times! 

I was real busy last week getting my swaps ready.  That meant making a bunch more of the candy corn cards.  This one was my shoebox project for the ladies at my table to make. 

I used the C.C. Designs Mummy Trevor image here and I just happened to find a Cuttlebug gravestone die that I forgot I had…perfect! 

The other candy corn card I made was smaller…this one was my ATC swap.  I reduced my A2 size pattern down to be 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (ATC size).  And I stamped a face from the old SU! set…Fun Faces.  The teeth were colored in with a white gel pen and I couldn’t help but to add some wiggly eyes.  The words are from AmyR’s Autumn Sentiments.

Here’s the pattern I made for the ATC.  And in case the downloads aren’t working, I’ll also attach a jpeg image.  Just click on the thumbnail for a larger pic.

candycorn ATC size diane zechman

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you stop by again…I still have my recipe and gift swap to share. 

Mummy card:

stamps- Mummy Trevor by C.C. Designs, unknown $ stamps; paper- Pumpkin, white, Curry, Basic Grey, Black; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Forest Branches folders, Cuttlebug RIP and Creepy dies, Martha Stewart Picket Fence punch, Copics.

Fun Faces ATC:

stamps- SU! Fun Faces, AmyR Autumn Sentiments by C.C. Designs; paper- white, Curry, Pumpkin, Black; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and D’vine Swirl folders, Black Stickles, wiggly eyes, gel pen, SU! oval and circle punches, Cuttlebug Halloween die.

equivalents & substitutions

Is it a beautiful day today or what???  LOVE this weather!

The only yucky part of the day is the computer problems I’m havin’.  I hate those nasty bugs!  Hopefully I’ll be able to edit my pics soon but in the meantime, here’s a few that I haven’t shared yet.

These are my recipe and ATC swaps from the Buffalo gathering I attended 2 weeks ago.  This recipe swap was inspired by one a friend of mine had done.  I thought it was such a handy idea!

I printed everything out on vellum cardstock and used my Bumble B. Bear set.  (BTW, if you like recipe sets…I just wanted to let you know that ATS is retiring some of mine here.)


Here’s the back….I couldn’t fit it all on the front!


And here’s my ATC.  I stamped the old Coke image on glossy cardstock.  The background is an old Coke Ad that I printed off the internet.  Since it wasn’t on glossy paper, I attached a layer of acetate over the background ad with a glue dot. 


…and here it is opened… I stamped the “memories definition” on top of the acetate.


Have a fabulous weekend! 

embossing boards and an ATC

For years I have used a mini clipboard for heat embossing, to keep my fingers from getting burnt.  But the one I used had the other style clip on top and was awkward to clip your project on.  Recently I found this style clip on the mini board at Staples so I decided to “retire” my old one. 

I used Stazon and Memento inks to stamp on it and then colored it in with my Copics.  Here I used the SU! sets Tote-ally Tess and Whimsical Alpha. 

My initials were stamped in the corner on the first one but the second one was for a gift swap.  I didn’t know who the recipient would be, so I stamped the tote bag there instead.  To finish them off, I tied some cute felt buttons on with ribbon.

*hint- place a piece of aluminum foil over the board to deflect the heat back up to your image.


And this was my ATC swap.  I love the cute chocolate bunny stamp by SU!  And I just had to emboss them with chocolate scented embossing powder.  :0)

Here you can see the front and the inside.  It opens like a regular card. 


Have a good Monday!

stamps- SU! Chocolate Bunny and Rough Texture Wheel; paper- Close to Cocoa, white, Choc. Chip, Celery, light blue; ink- Versamark, Celery; accessories- CHF Chocoholic Brownie scented embossing powder, Martha Stewart grass punch, SU! Scalloped circle punch, Marvy punch (speech bubble), Primas, Stickles.

a stair step ATC

Today I have another project to share from the gathering I went to on Saturday.  This is the ATC I created for our ATC swap.  If you aren’t familiar with ATC’S, it stands for Artist Trading Card.  They are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. 

I decided to make mine a bit 3D this time and since I had fun creating a stair step card recently, I figured out the measurements to make it a miniature ATC size.  Here’s what I came up with, using my Ollie and Griselda set once again.  The shoes were paper pieced and boy was I tired of cutting out those curly shoes!  LOL. 


Below is a side view so you can see the folds a little better.  I had to make 24 of these for the swap so I wanted to figure out the best measurements to avoid a lot of waste in scraps.  I pulled out some 12 x 12 cardstock and cut the base of the cards so that I started with a 3 1/2 x 6 piece of cardstock.  Then I scored the 6″ length @ 1 1/2, 3, 4, 5, and 5 1/2.  The scored lines are folded mountain and valley style to create the base.


And the last photo shows how the die cut bat was attached with a small strip of clear acetate.  I sandwiched the bottom between the cardstock and the punched border. 


Tomorrow I have one more project I made with this set…and it is yummy!  😉

stamps- Ollie and Griselda by Cookie Crumbs; paper- Navy, White, Celery, Black, Pumpkin, retired SU! dp- Halloween Night; ink- Memento Black, Pumpkin, Saffron, Olive; accessories- Long Rectangle Nestabilities, M.S. Drippy Goo punch, clear acetate, Cuttlebug Halloween die, Scor-Tape, yellow glitter pen, Stickles.