Sunday, September 16, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday - Artist Trading Cards


This week's challenge at Inspire Me Thursday is ATCs, or artist trading cards, which are tiny works of art measuring 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. I've only been making ATCs for a couple of weeks, but I've rapidly become addicted to them. They're quick and easy (usually!), can be made with bits and pieces of whatever you have on hand, and they're fun to flip through when you need a little inspiration.

I believe I've mentioned that I hand-dye my own fabric for some of my sewing projects. When you've put in the effort to dye the fabric yourself, it's hard to throw away the scraps. The card at left was made with tiny scraps I had saved from a small art quilt. The pieces were already fused with Wonder-Under, so construction was as simple as ironing everything together and quickly finishing off the layers with the sewing machine.



For the second ATC, I cut the leaf shapes from a piece of Hoffman Bali batik, then fused them with Wonder-Under to another piece of hand-dyed fabric, and again quickly stitched everything together by machine.

The third ATC is made with scraps of scrapbooking paper, newsprint, and stamped cardstock. The embellishment is a piece of matboard, covered with ultra-thick embossing enamel and impressed with a rubber stamp while still hot.


15 comments:

Krissie said...

I really like the fabric atcs' they have a quality of their own. The last one you made is nice too with the metal embellishment. I must have a go at the fabric ones sometime.

Deb G said...

These are great! I like the colors in the fabric ones a lot. I've been having a lot of fun dyeing fabric and can't seem to throw out any piece of scraps either.

Spontanity said...

Great ATC's...!
Greetz from Holland

Patricia J. Mosca said...

I am ever so impressed with this sewing thing!! LOVE..LOVE..LOVE the leaf one the best!! They are all wonderful...Just wonderful!

kateri said...

These are just gorgeous. I am partial to the last one... something I would buy to keep in a treasured book.

pangolin said...

now I like those bold shapes and colours of the first two. Nice work.

katy said...

You really used textures so well they are cards that you would not want to put down . Well done! kt

Judy Scott said...

These are really fabulous I love how you've got three completely different styles too ~ love the idea of the putting the rubber stmap in embossing enamel too :)

Leah said...

these are SO cool! i so need to learn how to sew!

just me said...

Forgive me but the first thing I thought was, that would make a GREAT ipod cover. :) Good job. I like all three but it was the first one I thought would make a great ipod cover. I am discovering a whole new vibe of sewing because of all this... :) thanks.

~Gina said...

Lovely!

~Gina

platinum blonde said...

love the stitching

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mum on the run said...

Gorgeous work!! Love the fabric ones in particular :)

Miriam said...

I love these!

Crafty Green Poet said...

These a re wonderful, I like the variety of the designs. I think the last one would be my favourite