1. Use a die to give your ATC some shape. Here, I used Labels Seven Nestabilities to cut patterned paper for my base. The second to largest die in this set is exactly 2.50" x 3.50".
2. Don't be afraid to use all the same elements on an ATC as you do larger cards. Here, I've used a button, gemstones, cut-outs, Copic marker, glitter glue, lace ribbon and staples!
TIP FOR ANY PROJECT: Use solid colors of the patterned paper collection you are working with to stamp your images. Then you'll be assured the stamped pieces will coordinate well with the rest of your project.
3. To give cut-outs or die cuts more depth, ink the cut edges. Here, I used dark brown Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, to help the cut-outs blend in with the paper pattern. Copic W1 was used to give the "B" some shadow and more depth.
I used Copic markers YR31 & E55 to color the bee and then glittered her wings and popped her up on foam tape.
5. Tim Holtz's Tiny Attacher stapler is a perfect size for ATCs and a great solution to attach an open patterned lace, when any kind of glue or tape would show. Here, I used a staple on each end of the lace to attach it to the ATC.
I hope you all are enjoying trying out ATCs ... thanks so much for visiting today! ~ Sharon
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms The Rummage Bin-Sweet Bee Uncut or Precut
Paper: Webster's Pages Petite Papers-Postcards From Paris & Sweet as Cherry Pie 6x6
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink-Brushed Corduroy, Adirondack Dye Ink-Cranberry & Espresso. Copic markers- YR31, E55 & W1.
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels Seven Nestabilities dies, Prima Ribbon Lace-Saucy, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Acrylic Block, Clear Crystal Gemstones, Martha Stewart Baker's Twine-Red, Button, Star Dust Stickles