Thursday 6 October 2022

Hugs & Kisses ATC's - Ankarika Craft - Mood Board inspiration

 Hi there! 

Today I'm leaving you an entry about ATC - Artist Trading Card. A quick reminder of what it is: it's a fairly small form of handicraft, which I personally call the artist's personal business card. Following this path, I always do my best to make ATCs that reflect my style, my characteristic artistic preferences and I think that I managed to capture 90% of these features here. The only thing missing is the sewing on the machine.

As every month, I encourage everyone to take part in our challenge. All you have to do is add your art work to the comments section of the Dusty FANattics Facebook group for a chance to win one of two amazing prizes of $50 (AUD) on purchases from their store. I can't wait to see your work on the Dusty FANAttics group.

I recorded the entire creative process and I successively publish it on my IG Stories, I cordially invite you to subscribe to my account to receive up-to-date notifications about what is going on. My ATC are three in the set, they have standard dimensions of 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch. They are kept in the theme of an enchanted garden and a fairy-tale world of gnomes. The dominant color is green in various shades, with the addition of orange-apricot, brown and white.

The background is a scrapbooking paper from the "Breeze of dreams" collection by Margaret Paper Design. I used the leftovers from my previous projects. Paper is embossed with a 3D embossing folder from Sizzix with a leaf motif, highlighted with different shades of Finnabair waxes. The edges of the ATC, as well as the edges of the cardboard in places, are highlighted with brick orange wax and thanks to this, when looking at them from the side, they are beautifully exposed, adding special character to the project. On the prepared base, I applied a stencil pattern with wild flowers. However, it disappeared under the composition as more layers were added. You can only see it partially at the edges here and there. Sometimes it happens... ;)

The main accent are brilliant chipboard gnomes holding cute hearts in front of them. Their beards are shiny white thanks to the flecks that imitate snow. The caps, shoes and hearts are colored with a marker pen, and all contours are highlighted with a black felt-tip pen. At the bottom I put the words "xoxoxoxo" and "hugs & kisses". And.. cute dragonfly flies above.

The composition mainly consists of paper cut-outs  from the "Breeze" collection. There are white doors, three different tags, and a whole bunch of leaves. All these elements are stained with vintage paste. In addition, I added some dried, tiny flowers, green moss, a tiny bow, a few larger, white pebbles and sprinkled green mini-balls. ATC's have white splashes.

How do you like my fairy-tale form of  artist trading card? I'm very curious if you do ATC and under what circumstances you hand it over to someone. Share your answers with me in the comments section.

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