Sunday, October 26, 2008

ATC Tutorial by Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio has a wonderful FREE Tutorial on her Honey Girl Studio blog about creating an ATC (i.e. Artist Trading Card) card.

Here's Melissa's tutorial:
ATC Tutorial

I call this the anatomy of an ATC. Putting together the elements of an Artist Trading Card reminds me of quilting in a way. I have a quilting friend who told me the formula for a nice looking quilt which is the following: fabric in 3 lights, 3 darks, 2 mediums; 2 solids, 4 prints, 1 plaid, 1 stripe. The same is true of creating an ATC, at least for me. I have a little formula for myself and although I vary here and there this is basically how it goes: a dark, a light, a medium colored papers; black rubber stamp(s), a stripe paper, a dotted paper, paper punch forms (flowers, etc.), a copy of a vintage photo or postcard. Then I start to layer the elements. I use gel medium which really adheres papers nicely and keeps them down.

These are the tools I used: flower paper punch, matte gel medium, black ink pad, flower stamp, Cutter Bee scissors, vintage photo distress ink, round sponge.......

Pick out 4 to 6 papers, one dark, one light and one medium in colors.....

I start with a paint chip for the back. It adds good stability.

I glued the dark blue decorative paper onto the paint chip back with the gel medium.......

Next I stamped the flower image with black ink 2 places on the card and used the distressing ink and smudged on the ink with the round sponge here and there......

I copied a bunny image from a vintage postcard and a vintage photo of a little boy. I colored the boy's shirt and pants in with marker. Flowers were punched out of the pink with white polk-a-dot paper and glued down.

Lastly, I add the little finishing touches such as adding ears to the boy and a tiny banner with the word "joy" stamped on it.

Here is the finished ATC, ready for Easter! The title of it is: Two Bunnies!

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