Posts Tagged ‘ATC’

Tuesday with Tara {take 84}

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Since I’ve been working on some ATC’s lately, I thought it would be fun to make some Valentines minis!


I started with a base of watercolor cardstock that had already been inked up with Color Burst and trimmed them down to size (these are slightly wider than a standard ATC).  I used a lot of little bits that were left from previous projects, like die cut words & hearts and book paper.  Sequins & text stickers are tiny details that add to these minis!


The button “flair” on this one was something I designed as part of our wedding favors, I love finding ways to work them into my art!


As this mini featured a larger heart, I chose a simple black Prima flower and a big gold blingy center for it.

I had fun with these cuties, and they would be a great way to make up a bunch of coordinated, but not exactly the same, Valentines for a group of friends!  How fun it would be to give some out at a galentines party if you are single… or they could easily be mounted on a card base so you have room to include a sentiment inside!

inky hugs,


ps. Have you seen all the great stuff on sale in the store right now for Valentines Day? Happy shopping!

Tuesday with Tara (take 81)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I`ve got something different to share with you… it`s by no means a new type of project, but it`s something I haven`t created for years and I`ve never shared any with you before- today I have a few ATC`s to share!

An ATC is an Artist Trading Card and it`s a mini piece of art (2.5×3.5 inches) designed to be traded.  I recently reconnected with some stamping friends I met online probably 15 years ago, and one of them had the great idea to host an ATC swap. The only guideline we were given was to use postage stamps as our inspiration… Here are a few of the ATCs that I`ve made so far for our swap.  I selected a couple rubber stamps to be my focal point- these funky birds are by Magenta, and I thought they would look great in black & white with a bold watercolored background.  I want each card to be unique though, so I`ve played around with a variety of colors, all created on Watercolor paper with Color Burst.

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Since these are so small, there wasn`t much room to add details or embellishments!  I added a bit of Distress Ink through a stencil and a simple text stamp under some washi tape to frame the vintage postage stamp I finished them off with.

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It was hard to capture it, but the birds have a light shimmer from Perfect Pearl Mist.

Here`s two more ATC`s I made with the same supplies.

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My close up shot of these shows off the Perfect Pearl shimmer a bit better…

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These were fun, and I`m looking forward to creating the rest of my set to swap… it`s great to be doing something NEW for 2017 and I can`t lie, it`ll be great to get some happy mail!

Now a side note… have you been keeping up with all the sneak peeks of new products coming out at the Creativation trade show (formerly CHA)- there is a bunch of fabulous new products, and I`ve been having a ball watching Tim Holtz share his on Facebook live.  I`ve shared a few links on our Facebook page, so check it out!

Here`s hoping you have a fantastic, creative week.

Inky hugs,