I have found a few more photographs of past projects including some ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).
-For those of you that don't know ATCs are miniature works of art measuring 2½" x 3½". ATCs can be produced using many different techniques including stamping, painting, collage, embossing etc... or even metals or cloth. The limits are in your imagination
There is only one other rule; cards may be gifted or traded, but NEVER sold!
This was a pair of oriental inspired ATCs. The left hand one uses a scrap of fabric from my stash, embellished with beads, a coin, stamping, and tied cord. On the right I really went to town with the stamping, layering up designs of leaves, oriental text and a stamp of a geisha, finishing with three brads down one side.
Cards for various occasions are the staple of most crafters I know, and why not? When it is fun to do and costs considerably less than to buy a card. In addition, the recipient is usually thrilled that you have made something special just for them...
My 'in bloom' card was a thank you to a friend. I stamped leaves over white card to create a background, then layered vellum over the top to mute the colours a little. I stamped and embossed the daisies onto watercolour paper, colouring it in using watercolour pencils, then applying a wash. The daisies were matted onto green card, and mounted on top of the vellum - hiding the double sided tape used to affix the vellum underneath. Finally the phrase 'in bloom' was added on top of the vellum, and some funky textured threads used to tie in the insert - knotting them at the spine of the card.
This wedding cake card was for a special couple I know, and was inspired by their own colours and pattern scheme. It uses a base of creamy coloured smooth cardstock, and I cut the front panel into the shape of a wedding cake. I stamped and embossed the middle tier with white ink and powder to create textured vertical stripes. Using handmade paper, I layered it onto the top and bottom tiers before using a corner punch to round off. Sticky ribbon was used to add detail, and conceal the handmade paper edges. Small flowers were made using a punch, layering them up and finished with a small gemstone for the centres. Lastly a small cross charm was added to the top of the cake, and two lines drawn around the edge of the back panel to create a framed effect.
That is all for now - I am off to go and play with more card and inks...