Thursday, 8 September 2016

Guest DT Halak: All about ATCs

Bonjour Crafters!! What's up?
Today in our Teaching and Learning Program we would be focusing on ATCs Cards. Our Guest DT Halak, will teach you with endless tips on how to make ATC cards.

Over to you Halak

Hello! I'm Halak, My style is usually CAS with a bit of whimsy thrown in. I also enjoy making miniature Mixed Media pieces like ATC and Art tiles. Today we'll be discussing ATCs. 

What are ATCs, you ask?

Well, they are miniature pieces of art created and exchanged by artists all over the world! While there are no specific restrictions to making an ATC, sometimes, themes are set to maintain uniformity.

One important factor to keep in mind while creating ATCs is their size. The ATC has to be 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches.

Here are some ATCs that I created : 

The making of each of these three ATCs involves a different technique and I also have quite a few tips to share so let's get started! :)

Foil Technique with ATC #1
Products Used :
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Scribbles
Distress Inks (Ranger),
Altenew Ink - Coral Berry
So Suzy Stamps - Be
Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch
Nuvo Glue Pen (Medium)
Big Shot machine
Decofoil by Thermoweb - Champagne

Here's the finished ATC.

TIP : Using sentiment stamps as a focal point in an ATC is easier when you pair it with a stencil.
First I created background using distress inks with scribbles stencil.

Stamped sentiment using Altenew ink.

Now comes the fun bit! Using foil.

I took my Nuvo glue pen and drew some random lines on the top and bottom of the ATC.

Then cut two strips of Champagne foil and placed them over the glued area.

After this, I took a piece of cardstock, scored it, and placed the ATC inside it.
Keeping all tabs closed on the multipurpose platform of my Big Shot, I sandwiched this between the acrylic plates and ran it once through the machine.

Note :  What the machine does is, it applies pressure to the bits covered wih foil. This leads to foil adhering perfectly to the project.
Have a look :

Now all that was left to do was peel the foil.

And there you have it! A fun way to add foil to projects

Here's another picture from a different angle to show you how amazing the foil looks :

I punched out a butterfly using the Martha Stewart paper punch, inked it using Coral Berry ink by Altenew and added a bit of glitter to it.
Adhered butterfly and sequins + added a bit of glitter to the word Be and matted the ATC onto red cardstock.

Watercoloring with ATC #2
Products Used :
The Ton Stamps - Happiest of Peonies
So Suzy Stamps - Hello Friend
49 and Market Stamps - Gabi's Line Stitch

Archival Ink by Ranger (Jet Black)
Staedtler Luna Color Pencils (Set of 12)
Water brush (Sakura) Size - Medium
Ken Oliver Color Burst (Violet)

For this, I first began by creating the background.

Once I created the background using the color burst, I set it aside to dry and began work on my watercolored flower.
I stamped the image from the Happies of Peonies stamp set by The Ton in archival ink onto watercolor cardstock, fussy-cut it and colored it using Staedtler color pencils.

Tip : When you watercolor, it is always a good idea to stamp the image onto watercolor paper. Watercolor paper is stronger than the generic cardstock and helps in building up color easily.

Adhered flower to background and then I took the Hello Friend stamp by So Suzy Stamps, masked the word friend using washi tape and stamped Hello.

To add interest to project, I stamped a couple of images around the bottom using Gabi's Stitched Line.

Lastly, added a few glitter highlights on the flower, adhered some sequins and matted onto black cardstock.

Now comes the final project.
Using stamps to create background with ATC #3
Products Used :

Archival Ink (Ranger)
Distress Ink - Twisted Citron
So Suzy Stamps - Reindeer
So Suzy Stamps - Don't Give Up
So Suzy Stamps - Fairy Dust

This ATC has the reindeer completely covered in black glitter.

Have a look :

Here's how I made it :
I stamped the Fairy Dust stamp using Twisted Citron distress ink in the background.

Tip : I've used first, second and third generation stamping to create the background. If it's a geometric design and you are using a stamp to create background, generation stamping adds a fun look + interest to the project.

After this, I stamped the sentiment and the reindeer stamp using archival ink.

Next, I trimmed the ATC and adhered purple paper tape.

Took some pva glue (fevicol) and added black glitter to the reindeer using a paint brush.

Finally, adhered some sequins and matted it onto black cardstock.

This brings me to an end of this post. I am truly honored to be featured over at Rainbow Craftykari as a guest designer and I hope you enjoyed reading it and learnt something new! Above listed products can be order on Rainbow Craftykari Store Or you can call those on Pre-Orders. the So Suzy stamps are exclusively available on Rainbow Craftykari Store in India.

Have a wonderful day! *Hugs*

Monday, 5 September 2016

Guest DT Kriti: Triple Pockets Album Tutorial

Hello Crafty friends,Today we are presenting Our first Guest DT Kriti Mishra with her tutorial. Over to you Kriti.

Today I'm so happy to be a  guest DT on India's one of the most prestigious blog and a store Rainbow Craftykari. Today I'm here with a album tutorial which has a different pockets and fold. Grab your coffee and kick back on your favorite chair as we are going to start an detailed tutorial onTriple Pockets Album.

There are five basic points to keep in mind while making a mini album: 

1. Size of the album.
2. Number of pages.
3. Type of pages.
4. Color coordination.
5. Embellishments. 

This mini album measure 6" x 5". There are three pages. The style I have used for pages is Triple pocket with Tri fold flap(The style of all the pages has been kept identical so that the tutorial do not look heavy). Colors I have zeroed in on Pretty Purple and Sunny Yellow. And some embellishments which are listed below . Hope you all enjoy making it.


Step 1:- Take 3 chipboard pieces. Two of them are 6" x 5" in size, which will be the front and back for the album and one of them will be 6" x 2" in size, which will be the spine of this album. 

Step 2:- Attach all the three pieces with a piece of cello tape from both the sides, leaving a little bit gap between the chipboard pieces so that it can bend easily (This step is done so that when we cover it, chipboard pieces will not move and we will be able to cover it properly). 

Step 3:- Now cover it with the cardstock of size 8" x 14".


Step 1 :- Take a cardstock of size 5- 1/2" x 5", and start scoring at every 1/2" on the 5" side. 

Step 2:- Then, leaving an 1/2" space, pinch up the 1" score line to make the first hinge then leaving 1/2" space for gusset now pinch up the 2 - 1/2" score line for the second hinge then leave 1/2" space for gusset and lastly pinch 4" score line to make the third hinge. This process will make three hinges. 

Step 3:- Now, attach the hinge with the glue on the spine


Step 1:- Trim two pieces of cardstock. First of size 9 - 1/2" x 9", to make triple pockets and second of size 13" x 5- 1/2", to make tri fold flaps. 

Step 2:- Take the first piece n the longer side, score at 4- 1/2" and 9". Now, rotate the paper by 90° and score at 5- 1/2". 

Step 3:- Next, apply score tape to the 1/2" tab on the right and cut a notch at the 5 - 1/2" score line. 

Step 4:- Crease all the score lines well. Next, remove the tape backing, fold the left panel over and adhere the 1/2" tabs. 

Step 5:- Cut and adhere a mat for the top section (Size of mats should be less than 1/4" of the size of the page. Suppose size of the page is 3 x 4, then mat should be 2- 3/4" x 3- 3/4"). 

Step 6:- Apply tape along each side of the bottom section, remove the backing tape, fold up and adhere. Now, adhere a mat for this section. 

Step 7:- You now have three pockets, one on the bottom side, other directly behind it (both of them can be used for journaling)and a top loading pocket(can be used as a photo mat),which is larger in size.

Step 8:- Attach this to the left side of the first hinge after removing the backing tape. 

Step 9:- Now to create the tri fold flap, trim a piece of cardstock of size 13" x 5- 1/2". Then on the long side, score at 1/2", 5" and 9- 1/2". Crease all the score lines well. Now, adhere the flap to the right side of the first hinge by putting left most 1/2" tab on the hinge. 

Step 10:- Now, cut mats and adhere to each panel. Turnover, then cut and adhere mats for the remaining panels. 

Step 11:- Repeat all the steps to make 2 more pockets and 2 more tri fold flaps.

Step 12:- After adhering all the three pages, mat the back side of the cover of the album, by putting a ribbon and then hide the gusset also with the pattern paper. 


Step 1:- There are three pages in this album, which have three pockets, so there will be minimum 9 tags. Mat them accordingly.
Sizes of the tags
1. 4- 3/4" x 4- 1/4"(Three tags)
2. 2- 3/4" x 3" (Three tags)
3. 2-3/4" x 4- 1/4" (Three tags) 

Step 2:- As a finishing touch for the tags, take a thread of around 11" size of the coordinating color and fold it twice and tie around a clip. Attach the clip to the tags. 

Now tags are ready to go into the pockets.

Here are few inside view of the  album

Front Cover

For front cover I had adhesive a mat of purple color and then pasted a yellow color burlap sheet measuring 5'' by 4-1/2''. Then cut a piece measuring 5'' by 1'' from purple color burlap sheet and paste a yellow color lace on it.
Next add few self adhesive pearls and tag with label to it.

Material Required:

1. Chipboard/ Cardboard 
2. Designer pattern paper by Papericious (Dusk and Dawn, Pretty Basics, Orange Fall) 
3. Black cardstock 220gsm
4. Trim and Score board by We r memory keepers
5. Cello tape
6. Fevicol or Aleene's Tacky Glue
7. Scor Tape by Scor-Pal
8. Measuring Scale
9. Scissors
10.Embellishments like ribbon, burlap sheet ( Yellow and Purple), mulberry flowers(small), decorative button, lace(yellow), pearls(purple) and single ply wool(yellow) are from stash.
Above listed Materials are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store

Hope you like it. If you have any doubts then feel free to post comments here, will revert to you.

Thank you
Kriti Mishra
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