Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Project - Make a Wintery Artist Trading Card

Winter sends chills down my spine while bringing out the kid in me at the same time. Join me in embracing the cold with this quick and easy artist trading card or ATC.

Tiny Snowflakes Grace an Artist Trading Card
Tiny Snowflakes Grace an Artist Trading Card (click to enlarge)

Materials & Tools
· White Card Stock, 2.5 by 3.5-inch
· Turquoise or Other Blue Card Stock, 2.5 by 3.5-inch
· White Vellum Scrap
· 1 piece of silver metallic or hologram style ribbon, 1/2-inch wide by roughly 3 inches long
· 3 tiny (1/2-inch) plastic snowflake ornaments, the kind used to decorate miniature desktop Christmas trees
· Scrap piece of card stock, any color, about the width of the ribbon
· Glue stick, double-stick tape or your adhesive of choice for applying the paper layers
· 1/4-inch diameter pop dots by All Night Media, for adhering the snowflakes to the ribbon
· Good pair of comfortable, teflon-like coated scissors, like Velvet Touch Scissors by Armada
· Fiskars Paper Edgers, with the postage stamp edging
· Paper trimmer, like 12" Portable Paper Trimmer by Fiskars
· 1 fl. oz. bottle of Scribbles 3D Paint in Glittering Crystal

The Steps

1. Using the paper trimmer, cut two identically-sized pieces of card stock -- one white, the other blue.

2. Tear one of them lengthwise -- your choice, depending on which color you'd like to layer on top.

3. Mount the torn card stock on top of the other piece. Using your fingers, rub the torn edge to make it roll back a bit.

4. Tear and crumble the piece of vellum then wrap it around the layered ATC base. Tape the vellum on the back of the card to secure it in place.

5. Cut a 3.5 inch piece of metallic holiday ribbon. Tape it to a piece of card stock.

6. Mount the snowflakes on the front of the mounted ribbon using the adhesive dots. If the snowflakes are for tree decor, remember to cut off holes and threads first.

7. Using the Fiskars scissors, cut the metallic ribbon at an angle in between the snowflakes.

8. Mount the individual snowflake embellishments onto the front of the artist trading card using double-stick tape.

9. Using the 3D glittery paint, paint blustery swirls on the top of the vellum scrap. Be careful not to add too much paint or your vellum will bubble and warp. Be creative. Think about swirling winter breezes and Old Man Winter. Let dry overnight.

10. Share your finished ATC with a friend on a chilly winter evening.

Product Resource Guide
· Project photo taken with a 5.0 MP resolution KODAK EASYSHARE DX4530 Zoom Digital Camera
· White Card Stock - 8-1/2"x11" 50 Sheet Pack
· Riverside Paper Array® 65-lb. Card Stock, 8-1/2 x 11, Assorted Parchment Colors, 100 Sheets/Pk 01235 / RIV01235
· Vellum Paper Packs by DMD
· Scrap piece of card stock the width of the ribbon
· Glue Stick, Disappearing, Acid Free, .77, Purple
· Fiskars Paper Edgers, with the postage stamp edging
· Fiskars 12-Inch Euro Paper Trimmer
· Browse for Paper Crafts Books at

Article Description: Here is a simple artist trading card to make with leftover bits of vellum and holiday decor.

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