Thursday, 28 November 2013

Tiny Treats - Christmas ATCs

Dips here with something a bit different for you to see!  Like many of you, I make lots of cards, I enjoy scrap-booking and I like making crafty gifts, but until recently I'd never made an ATC!
ATC Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Elegant Mannequin Tag Die, Snowflake Simplicity Punch, Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: Oyster plain card, Best Creations, flocked snowflake card
Embellishments: double satin ribbon, rhinestone crystal, mini pom-poms

I know that many of you will know this, but for the uninitiated, an ATC is an Artist's Trading Card.  ATCs must be of the size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", 6cm x 9 cm or 64mm x 89mm (playing card size) and they are only swapped never sold. On the back of the ATCs you include the title of the ATCs (most people like to name their ATCs), your name and the date you created your ATC.


So, this ATC is called Christmas Dress.  Using my Mannequin Tag Die, I cut the Mannequin from black velvet paper that I had backed onto black cardstock.  Using velvet paper with your Mannequin Die will really add a lovely texture to your finished projects.

To complement this, I used a red flocked snowflake card blank that I've had in my stash for ages as the base for this ATC.  To make the dress, trace around the edge of the mannequin shape on the tag die and trim.  I attached mini pom-poms to the hemline, red and clear crystals to the neckline and a ribbon belt with a crystal.








My second ATC is called Snowflakes.  I cut the base from oyster cardstock.  I trimmed a piece of patterned card to size and then punched through it with my Simplicity Snowflake punch to create spaces for my snowflakes to be inset.  I mounted this onto the base.  Then I punched 5 snowflakes from oyster card, but for 2 of them, I covered the card with an offcut from double-sided adhesive sheet.  Being a geared punch, the Tonic Simplicity Punch made light work of going through both layers.  I then peeled off the covering layer and glittered the 2 snowflakes.  Finally, I inlaid the snowflakes onto the ATC and added a computer-generated greeting, cut out using a tiny tag die.

I hope you've enjoyed these mini treats, please do let me know what you think, as this has been quite a different project for me!

Don't forget, you can get lots of inspiration on using all your Tonic Dies and Punches over on my blog DipsDesigns.com

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