I have always admired ATCs (artist trading cards) but never made one before. That’s finally changed, thanks to a swap coordinated by the amazing Mark Montano.
Artist Trading Cards are like mini paper canvases. You create multiple versions of little art pieces, and swap them with others. Mark Montano demonstrates how to get started in this video, aynd also hosted a swap. I was thrilled to finally be “pushed” to try something different, as well as get to receive some tiny art.
I created two pieces, both using products from DecoArt’s Mixed media line. I was sent a large box of product to try out several months ago, and I’ve really been enjoying experimenting with this incredible new line. The products are a LOT of fun to play around with!
My first piece is called “My mother dresses me.” My mother is an extremely talented seamstress, and made most of my clothes growing up. I added pattern paper to a tag and embellished it with die cuts and other items. I didn’t take step out photos but some things I did were:
- use DecoPage to add old sewing patterns to an ATC card
- tinted fabric with DecoArt metallic glaze and inked edges
- die cut shapes from Oly*Fun fabric
- “painted” some of the fabric with Mixed Media molding Paste
My other set was titled “selfie”. It’s kind of my play on people who go overboard with selfies on social media. I used Mixed Media crackle paste with paint for the background, and stamped over it
In return I received ten amazingly beautiful ATCs. They are on display in my craft room, but I will post them soon so you can see some of the incredible talent.