Sunday, July 28, 2019

Cards with ATCs

Hello!  Susie on the blog today and I am going to share a fun, time saving  idea.

This time of year there are always so many cards I need to send - graduations, weddings, etc.  Over the years I developed a fun way to build up my CAS (Clean And Simple) card stash AND try out new techniques at the same time.

Time to play...

Flower from the Scribble & Scratch Mixed MediaSet 2
Watercolor paper cut to ATC size 2.5" x 3.5"
Clearsnap clear embossing ink and powder
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends 2 - Pansy
Want2Scrap self-adhesive rhinestone bling
Stamping platform
Craft mat

 Today I wanted to play with a resist technique and a new ink color.  I love the flower from Pam Bray's Scribble & Scratch Mixed Media Set 2 so I decided to use it as my focal image.
 I set it up on my stamping platform so that it would stamp off the edge of ATC sized cards.

Using clear embossing ink and powder, stamp and prepare the ATCs, using a heat gun to set the powder.

Use the craft mat as a palette, drip some ink and spritz with water.
(For the first card I just painted inside the lines)
Start with a light wash and then go back and selectively add layers of color before finishing it off with some paint brush splatter!

For the ATC,  spray with water and drip some watered down ink in the center.
Move the ink around the ATC, by blowing air through a straw.

Next up, my daughter suggested an edge drip. So I spritzed the ATC and dripped watered down ink along one edge.  Didn't do enough for me so I added the straw technique from above.

For this ATC I spritzed it with water and just covered it with paint brush spatter.

This card got a wash of watered down Pansy ink.

Use the same resist technique with the clear embossing ink and powder to stamp out a couple of sentiments.  This is a really easy way to color coordinate your sentiment.

And here it is on a CAS card. Simply ink the edges of the ATC and then adhere it to the front of  a card, layering the sentiment on top.

Here's another ATC with a slightly different layout and a different sentiment.

And sometimes I make cards with no sentiment on the front at all - this time I just adhered a sprinkle of rhinestone bling!

I really like CAS cards and this ATC approach lets me have fun with techniques.  Another benefit is that my storage space is really small because I just tuck away the ATC's until I need a card!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!

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