Friday, 7 December 2012

ATC Challenge

    I am fairly new to ATC's...I only started doing them this week. After a wobbly start I think I am really enjoying them - In fact I think I am beginning to get a bit addicted to them. At first I struggled to come up with ideas and quite a lot headed to the bin.

     I love the fact that they are designed to be swapped and sharing art is wonderful. Also I really like the fact that sometimes they can be done so quickly. As much as I enjoy complicated, time consuming projects, it is so nice to be able to complete something so quickly.

        I think this is my favourite ATC that I have done so far. I love the colours, I think the metal attachment looks lovely and it was actually quite nice to leave the inks and stamps alone for a while and focus on the paper tearing and layering that I have always loved doing - back to basics I suppose! I don't think there is any chance of me abandoning the DI's anytime soon though as I think you might guess by my using the Antique Lace DI.

       All of this ATC was made using scraps and bits and pieces. I used scrap paper that I store in a huge box. I love rummaging to find suitable bits and I never throw any bits of paper away as even the smallest piece could just be the perfect piece for the item you are making. The metal attachment was found at the bottom of my Bits and Bobs drawer. I can't remember where I got it from but at last it has a home!

       The ribbon was from a Christmas gift a few years ago. The word LOVE was the very last piece from a 12 x 12 scrapbook background that I bought probably about eight years ago. It was a beige vintage style paper crammed with words and I thought it was far too nice to use as a background and hide behind photos and embellishments. So I used it as embellishments instead and it has made many many craft items.....sad to see the last piece used, but it lasted well!

       All the paper was distressed in Antique linen DI and the word LOVE was coated in clear ink and coated with clear embossing powder and melted. It was the first time I had used embossing ink/powder on very thin paper and the wording went from opaque beige to a slightly mottled beigey-grey....To me it began to look like a shiny stone effect. I was quite pleased! 


       I am entering this ATC in the following challenges -

ATC's with attitude  - Anything goes
Fun with ATC's - Challenge #76 Embossing
Artistic inspirations  - Anything goes



  1. Hi Laura, just making a start on catching up with posts after two days MIA so you will probably hear more from me! Right, love this ATC. Like you I am going back to looking at paper crafting too and you are so right, it can produce some beautiful and satisfying results. I love the softness of your colour choices and layer combos on this wonderful ATC. You clearly have an aptitude for this form too! Hugs, Buttons x

  2. Wow, if this is you starting out with ATCs just wait til you really get going. This is beautiful, you've added so much detail in such a small space without making it look the least bit crowded. Genius,

  3. Awesome layering, Laura!

    Would love to rummage in your treasure chest with scraps too ;)

    Thank you very much for sharing this lovely ATC with us at FwATCs this fortnight!

    Claudia x

  4. Love the colour palette (obviously)... and, with my "official hat" on, thanks so much for playing with us at Fun With ATCs!
    Alison xx

  5. Beautifully designed and I too love the colors you have used.


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