Mixed Media Maritime ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards)

Although we love the pretty blooms of Spring, one look at this set of ATC’s and we are just about ready for summer.  Day trips to the beach, the sand in our toes and basking in the warm sun.  If you are just starting out in the world of paper craft, creating small projects is a great way to get going. ATC’s aka artists trading cards are around 3.5 by 2.5 inches and are little tiny pieces of art. Experimenting with techniques in this size is perfect for newbie’s. The results are always fun and you can even trade them with other artists across the globe.
Today CCB Crew Member, Angélique of Boule de Scrap gets us ready for summer days at the beach with this fun and easy maritime atc series. All you need are some Canvas Corp Ivory ATC Blanks for your base, some 7gypsies Ephemera and Tattered Angels Inks and you will be on your way to creating some ATC’s of your own….
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You can make your atc’s dimensional or you can make them flat, it is your choice.  For some who collect, they must fit into a sleeve or holder and for others they have many different ways to display them and the dimension is no problem at all.
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Here is a perfect tutorial for a paper craft beginner. A step by step simple and quick to conduct a series of ATC.

Materials Used

angelique supplies
Step 1:  First, take your Artist Trading cards, and work the inks in by simply spraying the glimmer mists, one by one, starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest. Leave it to dry on the ATC’s, and move on to the next step.
If your cards wrinkle or roll up a bit, you can put weights on the edges to help them dry flat, spray the other side to help it dry flat, lay something heavy on top, whatever your trick is you will want to do it while wet or still damp.  The paper will pull in all the color or you can wipe it down for a more subtle look.
You can use one color, mix the colors, create an ombre effect, mist on the mat and roll the paper in the mist, there are so many great techniques you can use with Glimmer Mist.
Step 2:  The next step is to achieve the same thing, but this time on a tag of your choice, the Maritime 7gypsies collection.
The B&W Tags from 7gypsies are like stamped pieces of art on cardstock that you can color in,mist, distress, fussy cut, decoupage or just add to any of your projects.  The pack comes with a wide range of designs, so you can make each of your ATC’s a bit different, but use the same color palette and theme.  
Step 3:  Once everything is dry, using Stazon or your favorite ink apply a great all over stamp like this honeycomb design, don’t feel like you need to be perfect.
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You can let the stamp fall off of the card as shown and you can also stamp on top of the artwork to give the art pieces extra dimension.angelique step 2b
Step 4:  To bring color, texture and volume to your ATC, you can add a piece of burlap, printed paper, fabric, string or cord.
The add touches of gesso a touch more worked.
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Step 5:  You can also pencil over and shade in, some of the artwork to give contrast and depth to our project.
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You can outline the entire card and put details where you wish.
Step 6:  Adding bits and pieces of string, cord and scraps gives a great look and is a super easy mixed media technique.
Step 7:  Place your artwork on top of a the layers and textures you created, if the art goes a bit outside of the atc side that is just fine, keep in mind however it may not fit in a sleeve or plastic holder if that is important.
Step 8:    Finally, I added some ink stains and paints, white and black randomly on my ATC.
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Step 9:  A fun trick is to dip a cap into white gesso or white paint and place the cap onto your artwork to create fun little mixed media circles.
Step 10:  Add dimensional pieces such as shells, flowers, charms and other details to finish off the cards.
This project is simple and fun. After doing these we quickly realized awe had a complete series.
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You can create these ATC’s fast and easy. Head over to our shop, gather some supplies and start creating your own ART cards. For more of Angélique’s works visit her blog; Boule de Scrap and visit our sites for continued inspiration!
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