Welcome to the Gallery of Artist Trading Cards from my October 2019 ATC Swap. Oh my, what beautiful ATCs. I can’t wait to show you. They came from North Carolina, Georgia, Vermont and Illinois. I am going to show you half today and half tomorrow so you don’t get overwhelmed by the artistry. And that will also give you a chance to do a little CASEing. After each ATC I have listed the products used to help you with supplies. They are listed in no particular order. (If you are reading these, use the ‘fashion show’ voice! Spin the card slowly in your minds-eye and nod appreciatively.)

A Big THANK YOU to all the ATC Swappers.

Card 1

We begin at the beginning with this ATC that evokes a feeling of fresh spring.

This ATC is entitled ‘Beautiful Day’ and was created by Lee Ann Stremke from Illinois. She used the Very Versailles Stamp Set, Garden Lane DSP, Pear Pizzazz cardstock and ink, Vellum, Leaf punch, linen thread from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo pack, copper mirror embellishment from the Everything is Roses bundle and retired wood embellishments. Love the layering. The DSP in the background really sets the tone for this sentiment. And the Vellum leaf punch brings out the translucent leaves in the background.

Card 2

Next up is a cute little number using my favorite seahorse.

This ATC was created by Sue Seipel from Illinois. She titled her work ‘Under the Sea’. (cue the soundtrack from Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’) Sue used the Seaside Notions stamp set, Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and coordinating Watercolor pencil, Basic Black and Shimmery White cardstock, Perennial Essence DSP, Sweet Silhouettes dies and retired Galvanized Metallic Paper and black twine. I believe that the sequin ‘bubbles’ are Paper Pumpkin embellishments. Look at the DSP and see how it really adds to the aquatic feel of the composition. The alcohol markers and watercolor pencil combination added depth to the focal image.  And what a fabulous idea to use pieces of the Sweet Silhouettes die to make the seagrass. 


Card 3

And now we go to our Georgia designer, Margo Bullwinkle.
Margo titled her work ‘Glass of Wine’. She combined the stamps sets: Very Versailles, Butterfly Gala and Half Full with huge success. The other products used were Very Vanilla Thick cardstock, Pretty Peacock and Coastal Cabana inks, Poppy Parade and Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blend, Wink of Stella, Versamark ink and White Stampin’ Embossing Powder. And a touch of bling with Basic Rhinestones. I love the emboss resist technique that Margo used. She embossed the leaves then using a sponge wedge, or another blending tool, gradually added the ink from the outer edges into toward the center. When working with this technique it is a good idea to start with the lighter color and add the darker color. Notice the dark color comes into the image from 3 different points in a triangle pattern.
COMPOSITION DESIGN NOTE: The golden triangle is a classical rule of composition used in paintings and photography. This timeless rule states that to create a harmonious image, the main subject should describe the shape of a triangle. The reason: This kind of arrangement exudes peace while the symmetry conveys clarity and harmony.


Card 4

Next up we have a gorgeous little number in purple.

Beth Queen from North Carolina created this sweet pixie ATC. She appropriately titled this ‘New Wonders Revealed’. Beth used the New Wonders Stamps set (a Host exclusive), Highland Heather and Whisper White cardstock, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin’ Blends and Wink of Stella. I love how she fussy cut the image to make it look like a curtain being pulled back to reveal the vines of new experiences. Yeah, I made that up but the ATC Swap is a new experience for us so it fits, right? I think the coloring with the Stampin’ Blends is gorgeous, right down to the blush on the cheeks.

Card 5

And finally, we are at the halfway mark with this elegant ATC using the Christmastime is Here Suite (available for a limited time folks, so don’t wait to order yours). 
Linda Droege hails from Vermont and aptly titled this ATC, ‘Christmas is in Our Hearts’. She used Whisper White cardstock, the Christmastime is Here Bundle, Delicata Golden Glitz ink, Gold Metallic Thread and Gold Glitter Enamel Dots. A case can be made that the DSP in the Christmastime is Here Bundle can carry the show. Those roses in shades of red with gold foiling are stunning. Well done!
Aren’t those ATCs wonderful? That was Part 1 in the October 2019 ATC Swap Series. Did you miss the Introduction to Artist Trading Cards? Check it out HERE. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 in the October 2019 ATC Swap Series. 

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