Sunday Sample: ATC for Teacher

Good Day to You,

I promised my best friend, Patz, who lives on the east coast in Florida where we used to live, that I would try to make an ATC (Artist Trading Cards) for her for every occasion. She is a teacher of second grade, just as I was for many years. Patz is collecting her cards in an Artist Trading Card sleeve that has pockets to hold nine 3½” X 2½” ATCs. For those of you who are not familiar, the sleeves I have are baseball card sleeves with pockets. I will put the link below where I purchased mine, but they should not be difficult to find locally.small

Here’s how I made Patz’s ATC:

  • Ranger’s Tim Holtz DISTRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER, trimmed to 3½  X 2½ inches
  • Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad – Blend this over the card with a Ranger Mini Blending Tool.  Go around the edges to make them darker and distressed looking.
  • Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Strip SCHOOLHOUSE Cling Rubber Stamps – Pick out the stack of books and world globe.  Stamp the books in the center, using an Archival Jet Black Ink Pad. 
  • Stamp the books again on Inkadinkado Masking Paper.  Cut out the books on masking paper with EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors.  Remove the backing of the masking paper and stick the mask on the stack of books.
  • Stamp the world globe in the top left corner, making sure it is pressed down well where the line of the books ends.  Remove the masking paper to have a look.
  • Tim Holtz Going Somewhere Rubber Stamps – Cover the books with the stack of books masking paper.  Use Post-It Tape anywhere else the stamp could extend too far on the card.  Select the Alphabet and Report Card and stamp these with an Archival Jet Black Ink Pad. 
  •  Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge Rubber Stamps  – Select the Grid and the Line of Numbers and stamp these with an Archival Jet Black Ink Pad. 
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – Using a cup of clean water for rinsing, a cup of clean water for wetting, a small round watercolor brush, and a rag, watercolor the world globe and stack of books.  Let this dry.
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix CELEBRATION WORDS SCRIPT Thinlits Die – I don’t have word dies for the words I wanted to use on this card, so I pieced together parts of words.  Using 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock and the Cuttlebug Embossing Machine, I die cut different words to piece together care and teach.
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium Glue the words to the card.  If you slide the letters around too much, the background will move with the glue.
  • Small Heart Stamp – I keep a small heart stamp on my table to use when needed.  To give the card some pops of red, I stamped three small hearts using a Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad, Hot Lips.  I went over the hearts with a Red Zig Marker.  After this dried a bit, I coated the hearts in Glossy Accents.
  • Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE – I used this to highlight areas here and there on the water colored images.
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Marker – Go around the outside of the words to make them pop on the card.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment by clicking Leave a Comment that is located at the top of the page right under the title.  And please LIKE this post by clicking on the LIKE button at the bottom of the page.  Thanks a lot for reading this and looking at my card.

Gratefully yours,

Tricia Ann





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