I’ve been traveling for the past two weeks, so I haven’t had a chance to post. I was in Africa with very limited access to the Internet. But, I came home to a full stack of mail from my swapping pals.
So for my Friday recap, these are some of the ATCs I received while I was gone. These first ones were for swaps using postage stamps. I’m such a Muppet fan, that I just adore this fabulous Kermit the frog one with the original postage cancellation! These both came from Barb Rhoades in Pennsylvania.
These two are from Gloria Freeman in Alexandria, Virginia. I love how exotic the snake ATC is…hard to believe it is a Canadian stamp and not Asian!
This Zetti style ATC comes from my swap pal Janis Bowen. She does such great work with Zetti!
This next ATC was for a steampunk themed swap. Susan is a newcomer to Swap-bot, but obviously not new to art. She drew this gorgeous bird in color pencils, pastels and ink. It is stunning!
The last one is a collage using a Masterboard technique, made by Kathie Meli. I love the repetition of the playing cards’ royalty throughout.
I’ll soon be adding a post showing a little experiment I did testing various glossy topcoat finishes. Look for that soon! Have a good weekend!
I was introduced to this technique through a swap hosted by my pal Janis. She included a link to a great video tutorial by Linda Israel
A Masterboard is basically a large collage that is then cut down into multiple ATC sized pieces to be used as backgrounds for ATCs or even as ATCs themselves. Once all the paper pieces are secured, you can stamp or add embossing powder to tie it together before cutting, as I did below.
This is a great way to use up scraps that one may have littering a workspace. For smaller Masterboards, I often use the large junk mail postcards as the base, and then I begin layering my paper scraps on it with Mod Podge.
I’ve also made them when a swap calls for specific colors, such as yellow and blue. These Christmas ATCs were made from a Masterboard:
I’ve joined a few swaps recently that require the use of a Masterboard, and have received some great ATCs. These two were made by Beverly in Ft. Worth.
And here are a few more made by myself and others from Masterboards:
As I am busy preparing for a an upcoming trip, I didn’t get my Friday recap posted. Lucky me, because I received two great ATCs on Saturday that I want to share. Both of these came from Australia and both were for a nursery rhyme swap based on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Both of the artists used paper as the primary basis of the ATC, but that is where the similarities end!
The first one came from Sharon Mackie. She used some fabulous starry paper as the background for this beautiful vintage image with the nursery rhyme. It’s embellished with dainty blue star trim around the image (where does she find this stuff?) and a large star rhinestone.
The next ATC is from Beverly Giggins. She used a cutout to create a window on her ATC. Out the window is the night sky, filled with stars she has drawn in gold. What you can barely see is that the dark teal paper she used has a starry texture as well. They are large stars embossed in the actual paper. I took this picture at an angle to try highlighting those stars. She added a brad with a starry charm and the title of the rhyme.
It’s always fun to see how the same people can have a completely different take on the same theme. I wish I could share with you the two ATCs I made for this swap. In my haste to mail, I failed to take pictures of them. Maybe if Sharon and Beverly send me pics, I can add them to this later. Hint, hint!
It was a slow week in my mailbox, but there was something a little out of the ordinary I decided I should share.
I joined a group swap for a “Jacket ATC” that was hosted by Corinne in California. I had never heard of these before the swap, but she posted a link to a tutorial for creating a little cover that folds around the ATC. Corinne’s blog
I was lucky enough to have her as a swap partner and I received this pretty little package in the mail from her this week:
After slipping off the little ribbon, I opened the jacket to find this lovely ATC inside:
I thought you might be interested in seeing how I made my jacket ATC, as well. I decided to take the term “jacket” quite literally, so I created a tuxedo jacket to envelope my ATC.
I started with a piece of black paper that I cut into a 7.5″ x 7″ rectangle. I positioned the ATC in the center and made marks at the corners. I used a straight edge to draw lines marking off the corner squares that needed to be removed.
After cutting those, I folded the remaining four flaps. Then I used scissors to cut the two larger flaps into the size and shape of a tuxedo jacket. The top flap needed to be white for the shirt, so I attached a scrap of white photo paper (so it would be shiny!).
I used a scrap of the black paper to cut out a bowtie and attached that. I drew buttons on the shirt and the jacket. To make the satin lapels on the jacket, I just added glossy Mod Podge I applied with a q-tip.
I added the ATC inside with removable double-sided tape. Of course, the ATC had to be a dress!
Then I folded it and added another tiny piece of removable double-sided tape to keep the jacket closed. Voila! A Jacket ATC…literally!
It’s been an active week in my family AND in my mailbox! Wednesday my daughter graduated from 8th grade, today is my hubby’s birthday, and these are some of the terrific ATCs I received in the mail. I do feel slightly guilty that I got more fun mail this week than those two did!
These first two came from my friend Janis Bowen. We did a private swap of Zetti style ATCs. Aren’t hers so cute?
The next one was for a cartoon series. Sharon in Australia made this QuickDraw McGraw. I love how she cut the matte around it.
This ATC I received for a series in circus performers. This theme was jugglers.
For the Red, White & Black swap from Sharon Godley, this lovely geometrical design:
Here are some of the ATCs I received in the mail this week:
It wasn’t a super busy week in my mailbox, but there are a few new ATCs I received that I can share with you.
I have been joining several swaps involving the use of cancelled postage stamps. This first one was for using a stamp as the head of a person. I received this card from Sherri in Oregon.
These next two are from Tara Clark and they involve transportation.
The next cute little character came from Christy Turner. She drew her favorite cartoon character, Courage the Dog.
And, all the way from Australia, my friend Sharon sent this cute little ATC for a nursery rhyme swap. Can you guess which rhyme?
You can see from these cards the wide assortment of styles and techniques that artists use to create ATCs. Hand drawn, collages, mixed media…whatever works to convey the message of the artist!