Troll Houses ATC’s

as always, click to biggify 

Just a short post, I wanted to share my Sept ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) this month, because I’m quite pleased with how these turned out.

I’ve been making ATC’s for over four years now, and I’m always surprised what we all come up with for each month’s theme.
How everyone interprets that, what media they use, its always a nice surprise to receive in them mail.

Troll Houses are something I would never have tried out on my own, which is why belonging to a group like this is a good thing, it stretches one’s artistic skills.

My ATC group is on Ravelry as ATC Swap, feel free to look us up and join in the fun.

There is also an active International group on Yahoo Groups too.

Christmas Inchies ATC

This might just become a Christmas card…

Media used:  cardstock, 7/8 ” circle paper punch, fiskars cutter, chalk ink, walnut distress ink, glitter paint, Basic Grey alphabet sticker, white soft pastel

Fall Inchies ATC

I took the Inchie Challenge and boy what fun it is!
The stuff you can do with little one inch by one inch squares is amazing; try it sometime!

October Orange ATC

This one is my particular favorite. I really like the way it turned out.
It was fun just using the same tree stamp over and over and finding so many different ways to decorate the trees.

One stamp, limitless possibilities:)

Even More ATC’s

My current batch of ATC’s went to two different swaps: Pink & Orange with my yahoo ATC group and Celtic with my ravelry ATC group.

I used my antique “R” stamp and Luminart paint to begin this one.  It’s the first letter of my name (Rebecca, for those that don’t know) and I grew quite fond of it…almost didn’t want to mail it off.

I am getting more and more into making these mini works of art, maybe because it is mini, its not so intimidating to produce something that’s only 2.5 X 3.5 in size.

Its easy to experiment on these two, because their is no “right way” to make an ATC other than staying within the theme. I like the freedom and flexibility that allows me and I am always surprised at where a theme takes me.

Here’s a bunch of my Celtic ATC’s.  I made, I think, eleven of them…ten for my group swap and a bonus for the moderator/founder of the group who, in my opinion, deserves a bonus card each and every time.  (that doesn’t necessarily mean I will get one done every time, but that’s where my heart is:))

Here’s the bonus one, I was quite fond of this one too…sometimes its difficult to stuff your artwork in an envelope and send it away forever!

ATC Book

Here’s my latest reading material, I joined a couple of ATC and Altered Art groups and am exploring a new creative thing for me.

I am signed up for two swaps right now: one with my fellow knitters on Ravelry with a Nature Theme and one with Yahoo Groups ATC’s on orange and pinks together.

I nabbed some stuff from my sister for the orange and pinks since we are already working with those colors for Sarah’s new “Big Girl” room. So when I saw the Orange and Pink Open Swap, of course I had to sign up!

ATC’s Nature Theme

Here is my first try at this ATC thing. The latest thing I signed up to do is Artist’s Trading Cards Swap, and the theme is “Nature”.

It’s nice to really paint with my watercolors again, I haven’t seriously painted in over two years or so. So it feels a little rusty right now, but it’s coming back to me. I enjoyed doing these and look forward to more ATC Swaps and improving my skills.

This is my favorite one, so far.   The bird is cut from an old Victorian calender I saved and schlepped around with my since the 80’s.  I knew it would be used someday!


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