Playing with ATC kits

…from yourATCstore.com

What is an ATC?

For those of you who know what an ATC is, you can skip this part. For those of you who don’t, here’s the scoop. ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. It is a small card that is 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches in size, the same size as a baseball card or a standard playing card. The cards are not to be sold, only traded. You can use any form of art media in this small space. Some people paint, others collage or stamp. The possibilities are endless. According to Wikipedia, this practice was started in 1996 in Switzerland. Most people credit an artist named M. Vänçi Stirnemann for starting the current popularity of Artist Trading Cards.

Review of the Kits

I bought several ATC kits from yourATCstore.com. These kits were very inexpensive at about $1 to $1.25 each. Lisa, the owner, puts together some really fun kits packed with lots of goodies. I like to use these kits when I don’t feel like sifting through all my paper and embellishments to design an ATC on my own. I just want to sit down and do a little crafting.

The kits from yourATCstore.com are in the collage style, which is one of the styles I like to do. The kits are so generously packed that there is a significant amount of things left over after making one ATC. If you add another quote, a printed image or a stamped image, you can easily make another ATC with the leftover supplies. There are many different kits on the site to choose from. New kits are created often, about every month, so there is always something new to see.

The online store is also stocked with charms, collage elements and other items you might want to use on an ATC of your own creation. One of the things I like about the store is that the charms are sold individually. Many times, I see a charm that is really cute, but it comes in a package of several charms. I usually need one piece for my project and have all the others left over. At yourATCstore.com, I am able to buy only one charm at a time, which I really appreciate. And of course, they are reasonably priced.

So head over to yourATCstore.com for some easy, inexpensive ATC fun! Click on “ATC Kits” and scroll down to find your favorites. It looks like the February 2011 and the July 2010 kits I used are no longer available, but I saw so many other fabulous kits that there are plenty for you to find something you like.

My ATC Project

I am eventually going to finish a series of twelve ATC kits that I bought. The theme of each kit will be related to each month of the year, at least loosely. I want to make a small wall hanging like this to display the cards all at once. It will be fun to look at when I am finished and see all the details that make up each card.

These are the four kits I used.

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January ATC kit 2014 Red Riding Hood

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February ATC kit 2011

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July ATC kit 2010

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June ATC kit 2014 Floral Beauty

These are the cards I made with the kits. 

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“Little Red Riding Hood” So cute!

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“A Valentine Special” Love the vintage valentine image.

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“Celebrate Freedom” I struggled a bit with this one. Can you tell?

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“June Wedding” Such a pretty image and colors.

All I had to do was add my own adhesive, both regular and dimensional. I plan on putting together another 8 more kits. I’ll share those with you when I finish them.

 

 

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Easter Bunny Berry Basket

berry basket with handle

Berry baskets seem to be very popular these days. It might be because of the Stampin’ Up! Berry Basket die. I don’t have the die to make the berry basket so I thought I’d make my own design. I have seen a couple of people on YouTube make their own version of a berry basket. They seem to be basing their designs on the Stampin’ Up! die. Even though I was inspired when I saw people making projects with the Stampin’ Up! die, my template is more of a “it came from my head” type of a thing.

berry basket with handle and bunnies

Once I had made the template to trace on my patterned paper, the baskets came together quicker than I thought they would. I was a little concerned about the time it would take to cut out the little slits in the sides, but they weren’t too hard. I couldn’t resist putting handles on the baskets–so cute! You could leave the handle off if you wish. These would be great for any type of party favor or little gift basket. They hold quite a lot, depending on how much grass or other filling you add to them.

How to Make the Berry Basket

You can use a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ or 12″ x 12″ cardstock to make your template. You will need either quite large scraps of patterned paper or a full 12″ x 12″ sheet to make the finished basket. If you do happen to be able to find 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned paper, of course you can use that.

Making the template:

  1. Cut the cardstock to a 8″ x 8″ square.
  2. Draw lines 2 1/2″ from each edge on all four side.
  3. Make a mark 1/2″ outside the lines that make up the middle rectangles on each edge. Draw a line from the mark to the nearest intersection of the lines you drew in Step 2.
  4. Cut along the the angled lines you drew in Step 3 to remove the corner pieces.
  5. If you want slits in the sides of your basket (purely optional but very cute), draw rectangles that measure 1/8″ x 1 1/4″ at 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and 2 1/4″ along the bottom of one of the sides. Cut those areas out with a craft knife. You only have to cut the slits in one side of your template. Just rotate it when tracing your template onto your patterned paper to draw the lines on all four sides.

    Template for berry basket

    Note: This is not entirely to scale, but your template should look something like this.

The template is finished. You can use it over and over to make as many baskets as you want. WARNING: Make sure you set aside enough time to make the baskets. Once you make one, you’ll want to make more!

Making the berry basket:

  1. Cut a piece of thick patterned paper to an 8″ x 8″ square. You can also use plain cardstock. (My patterned paper was one-sided. Two-sided paper would probably be better, but use what you have.)
  2. Line the edges of your template up with the edges of the patterned paper and trace around the outside of the template. Trace the slit lines on one side. Rotate your template to line up with the next side to trace the cutting lines for the slits. Continue until you have all the lines traced onto your patterned paper.

    Berry basket traced onto patterned paper

    The template pattern traced onto the back side of my patterned paper.

  3. If you are going to use stamps on your paper, now would be a good time to do that. You could also use an embossing folder.
  4. Cut out the corners from the basket.
  5. If you would like to, you can score lines at the base of the sides of the basket to help make a nice crease line at the fold. You can also just bend the sides up against the edge of a ruler and crease the edges that way. Enforce your folds with a bone folder.
  6. Cut out the slits with a craft knife and a ruler with a metal edge. I found that it was easier to do this after I had scored the fold lines where the sides and the bottom of the basket met.
  7. Cut 2 strips measuring  1″ x 8 1/2″. Score the strips on the 8 1/2″ side at 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. Turn the strips lengthwise and score in half at 1/2″. Crease the score lines with a bone folder.
  8. With a strip from Step 7 folded in half lengthwise, glue the two long sections over the top edge of two sides of the basket. Glue the 1/2″ section onto the third side of the basket. Do the same thing with the second strip and the remaining sides. There will be a small gap between the sides of the basket.
  9. To make the handle (optional), cut a piece of patterned paper or cardstock to 3/4″ x 12″. Glue each end to the basket. I glued my handles to the inside of the baskets. The handles would also look nice attached to the outside of the basket with a brad.

The finished basket without the handle is about 2 5/8″ high, 3″ x 3″ at the bottom and about 4 1/4″ or 4 1/2″ square at the top.

Berry basket Easter decorations

To Make the Punch Art Bunny

  1. Punch or cut two circles. One of the circles needs to be smaller than the other one. For the small bunny, I used a 3/4″ circle punch and a 1″ circle punch. For the larger bunny, I used a 1″ circle punch and a 1 3/8″ circle punch. (You could use a 1 1/4″ circle instead of the 1 3/8″ circle, but I don’t have that size of a punch.)
  2. For the ears, I used petals from the Blossom Petals punch from Stampin” Up! (retired). You could freehand ear shapes or use another punch that gave a similar shape, maybe a leaf punch or another type of flower punch.
  3. For the tail, I used one of the flowers from the Boho Blossom punch from Stampin’ Up! You could also use a small cotton ball.
  4. I inked the edges with some light brown ink and glued them together.
Pink berry basket with handles and Leo

Leo wants some candy.