I love participating in ATC swaps because I always have spare ones and they’re so easy to create. And, I also love following Mark Montano’s DIY projects! So, when I heard he was having a card swap using DecoArt products, I knew I had to participate. All of my favorite things in one event and just in time for Valentine’s day.
These are some of the Artist Trading Cards that Mark created. You can see his creative process here. Don’t worry if you don’t have some already pre-cut ATC’s to use, you can create your own form a deck of playing cards or how I did mine was cut a piece of thin cardboard to the dimensions of 2.5″ x 3.5″.
He’s even provided a cut out to paste on the back of the card and sign your work.
Pick your favorite characters, colors or style and create 5 Love themed cards.
A couple of years ago I created these lovely Fairy Girls with a Love theme. So I decided to add some more girls to the collection.
Supplies I used for this project…
- TCW554s Butterfly Collage
- TCW528s Daily Buzz
- Tim Holtz Ideaology – Menagerie 8 x 8 papers
- Fairies Printable
You can easily buy some atc cards online that are already cut to size and made of sturdy cardboard, but I like to make mine from cardboard I already have on hand and cut them to 2.5″ x 3.5″ size. I also used the same printable fairy art and cut out a couple of fairies I had not already used.
Here is the printable I used for this project. You can download it for your own use by clicking here…or on the image.
I first started with a quick and easy background by using Tim Holtz Menagerie paper. I love this 8″ x 8″ pad of paper. So many wonderful designs, it made it hard to choose. But I settled on this wonderful piece and cut 2 atc size pieces.
I adhered the pieces to my cards with matte medium. Once dry I used The Crafter’s Workshop stencils, Daily Buzz and Butterfly Collage to add some texture and dimension. I used paint mixed with modeling paste for that effect.
I adhered the fairy cut outs with matte medium and once they were dry I outlined them with a charcoal pencil to give them some dimension.
Now, this project theme is Love, so I stamped the word Love on each card and this made them cohesive with the other 3 cards.
I love how the blend right into the the other cards and make a wonderful group.
You can get all the details about the ATC Swap here at Mark’s website. I can’t wait to get mine in the mail.
Thanks so much friends for visiting and let’s get creating!