ATCs–Mermaids

I’m back with my second Artist Trading Card (ATC)–Yay!!

I joined the ATC Swap Club over at The Crafter’s Cafe, in July. At the time, I had just learned what ATCs were all about. Basically, they are tiny works of art, 2.5″x3.5″ in size. They can be anything you want–paintings, drawings, 3-D, paper-piecing, digital or stamped images, plain, fancy, wacky or elegant.

The theme for August is mermaids. Here is my take on it, and following below is a brief description, with photos, of how I created my mini-masterpiece.

Every ATC must have certain information on the back. Here is the back of mine:

And, now, here is a really quick look at how I made my ATCs:

I began by printing out the actual 2.5″x3.5″ cards, with my information about this particular ATC swap on the back. Notice, at the bottom there is a space to number the ATC (1 of 12, 2 of 12, etc.) and a place for me to sign my name.

Next, I created the background out of sparkle paper (the kind that the sparkles don’t fall off of). I wanted to simulate water ripples, so I used the Branches folder in my Cuttlebug. It’s super to find creative ways to use our embossing folders!

I coloured my mermaid with Copic markers and added sparkle glue, because I like almost everything to sparkle! I then used brown and blue chalk pastels with a sponge dauber to add some depth to the ocean floor and the water. To add even further interest and depth, I used my daubers with blue and bronze ink pads to edge the oval shape.

So that’s pretty much it! Now, all I have to do is mail them and wait for the package to arrive with the other swap club members’ mermaid ATCs. Can’t wait!! Oh, but wait…

…now, that I’m all finished my ATCs, have the envelope addressed and am just about to head out to the post office, I find out that there are two more crafters who joined the swap…after the closing date. Yikes!! LOL!! Back to the craft room, I go, Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho!!!