Friday, 7 December 2012


   I have seen a lot of ATC's on my blog travels and I really like is a lovely idea to swap work like this and have a collection of other artists creativity. At first I found it quite daunting to work on such a small scale, but in some ways it makes it easier not having to find things to fill a space!


    One of my first ATC's - Not too keen, but I was just experimenting with the dimensions of the card and what would fit. Finding out what I liked and didn't......

I began to play around with the DI's and embossing techniques and basically see what happened....several cards never made it past the first ink stage, but it is all about learning....Sometimes it goes wrong and sometimes it goes right.

      I was really pleased with how the orange and purple blending went. I have a very limited range of colours at the moment, but it is fun seeing how I can get them to work.

 Here I used the inks as watercolour paints. First I blended Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint across the card. I then dabbed the ink pads onto the craft mat, add a spritz of water and mix the colours. The bright orange and purpley pink made a gorgeous red and the peeled paint and gathered twigs provided the colour for the grass.

I decided to emboss the I used a paintbrush to pick up the ink from the clear ink pad and applied to the flowers. Clear embossing powder was used and the flowers had a wonderful gloss texture.

   This is a tag that became an ATC. I didn't like the tag very much except for the heart and flowers detail. So off they came and were added to a gorgeous green patterned background.


And the same again here. This was a tag, but I felt that the stamp had got lost in the corner of the tag, so by cutting it down to ATC size it looked much better.

  Here I decided to see what stamping in bubble wrap would do....and kept layering colours and also inking over clear embossed stamping. I was going to put something else on the card but I didn't want to cover up all the lovely colours and textures.


 This is a very special one...This one I wouldn't swap but then really who else would want it but me? My favourite photo of my children surrounded by inked, stamped and embossed card strips and hearts

Hope you like my first attempts at ATC's - Any one wanna swap? ;o) xxx

    I am entering the following ATC's in these challenge -

   Wicked Wednesday - Wing it - Butterfly
   Fun with ATCs - Embossing - Poppies
   ATCs with attitude - Anything goes  - Children



  1. Stunning ATC`'s,,,,Thanks for your comments in my blog,,,so feel free to ask me your favorite product from all my stuff for free, email me to

  2. Your ATC's are all just stunning! Thanks for linking up at Wicked Wednesday - if you are joining our challenge, can you please add a mention and link to the Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge blog so you'll be eligible for the prize and/or top 3 picks? Thanks! :)

  3. Back again! Love how you are showing us all your experimentation and there are some fab results here. In particular I ADORE the way you have used the hearts around the pictures of your little angels. That is an idea I may have to borrow... hugs, Buttons x

  4. Great work with the ATCs; love the butterfly one... How about the Poppy one for Fun With ATCs and the Embossing challenge this fortnight?!
    Alison xx

  5. Sme great atc s, the hearts around the photons a great idea! Trace x

  6. These are fabulous Laura, you had me as soon as you picked up the embossing powder! The one of your children is beautiful x

  7. Love the embossed poppies - so beautiful (and the bubble wrap one is incredibly cool too)... thanks so much for playing along with us at Fun With ATCs!
    Alison x

  8. What a beautiful collection of Atc's so many beautiful touches, I really like the orange and purples mixed together.
    Thanks for joining us at fun with atc's

  9. The poppies are absolutely brilliant - in each of the word's meanings ;)
    Love all the shown ATCs btw very much!
    Thank you for sharing your awesome collection with us at FwATCs!

    die amelie x

  10. Not only are all of these ATC's wonderful, but I learned a few new tricks too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Wicked Wednesday.


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