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Making Recycled ATC Card Holder


ATC HolderAnjuli Johnson is so passionate about working with cards. In an effort to explore her passion, she decides to make for her younger sister an ATC card holder, with 25 separate slots for 25 scripture cards.

It has to be well-made and easy to work with. The cards should be held in place so that nothing falls out or gets lost. This is how she went about it:

  • Use of thick paper would do from which she would cut strips of 9” by 4 ½”and scored them at 3” and 6”. Folded and glued each envelope was 3” by 4 ½”

A cereal box cardboard would be ideal for a cover which doesn’t have to be thick for easy use and which would be painted black with additions of paper and tissue tape for a cool but clean and simple look.

  • The modified cover measurements ended up being 14” long and 3 ¼” wide, with scored lines at 2”, 4” 8 ¾”, 10 ¾”.
  • Envelopes were then glued one at a time starting at the back of the cover and then one on top of the other.
  • The latch for the cover was made using metal findings to create a knob for a loop of elastic. A bit of metal glue would give a great closure which would ensure that the cards are all intact.

Anjuli is always raring to go,to discover and also develop her talents while meeting new people from whom she strives to learn.


Being Creative with your ATC Backgrounds


Creating Your Own One of a Kind ATC BackgroundsBesides being a mixed media artist as well as writing for mixed media art, Shari Welch also enjoys helping others discover their creativity. She has been in a number of art shows in her hometown of Denton where she also volunteers on the education committee, teaches workshops, art camps, and performs art demos. At some point, she needed to find a way to produce a series of artist’s trading cards with the same background colour scheme while being able to make each an original little piece of art in itself.  On the other hand she loves Gelli plate because it is reusable and cleans up easily. As a result she tried to print out GelliArts gel printing plate and this is how she did it: –

Materials used

  • Flower masks and stencils by Heidi Swapp
  • DecoArt acrylic paints
  • 8×10 printing plate
  • Stencils by Prima
  • Rubber brayer
  • Stencils by Tim Holtz
  • White card stock 8.5×11 (cut to 8×10 after printing)
  • Yarn, texture tool, cut out decorative paper

With template in hand, you can create a colour scheme and print out sets of ATC background. However she says that from http://www.gelliarts.com you can get a better understanding of what the gel printing plate is, and what you can create using it. On the same site, you will get instructions, projects, and Youtube videos.

Greeting Cards from Recycled Materials


Making Greeting Cards from Recycled Art ScrapsLaura Thykeson has been totally immersed in mixed media art for many years. The excitement was even more when she discovered altered books and art journals about a year ago and have been hooked ever since. While many artists tend to make their own beautiful and original greeting cards for all occasions and from their own creativity, she attempted to write up a tutorials for beginners who have just ventured into this field which she describes as all fun.

Materials Required:

  • Blank watercolor card w/envelope
  • Bits and pieces of our recycled art, old art journal pages, paint splattered pieces of papers, collage material, pretty paper napkins, stamps (optional), any 3d embellishments you choose.
  • Coordinating scraps of “stencil play” pages, scraps of cardstock
  • ATC’s in abstract, colorful and textured designs, or even postcards


  • Chose your blank watercolor card and glue and layer them on the front page of the card to start your colorful background.
  • Once dry, open up your card and spread glue or adhesive all over both sides of the inside pages of the card.
  • Add some cool sayings or words on the inside of the card using your choice of stamps.
  • Trim all around the edges of the card to give it some interest and texture.
  • Cut small strips of abstract, glittery watercolor paper scraps.

This is a really fun and easy way to make a unique and interesting card for any occasion. Use your creativity.

Creating that Magnificent Bracelet with Left Over Materials


Graffiti Charm BraceletMartice Smith II has established herself as a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer after receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree.  Lately, she has been experimenting with creative ways to incorporate more color into her wardrobe and accessories.  One day she thought of transforming her art into ‘wearable art’ and with some basic jewelry making supplies she imagined infusing them with her own, signature style…vibrant splashes of color and of course, graffiti flair! Follow what she did below after gathering tools and supplies of your choice:

  • Paint the front and back of the canvas ATCs with your favorite media and set aside to dry
  • Cut canvas into pieces and Narrow shapes, squares, ovals, and irregular shapes will add more interest and variety to your design.
  • Seal the edges with black acrylic paint or a gold leafing pen.
  • Using an awl, pierce through each piece of canvas, 1/4″ from the edge.
  • Insert jump rings while using needle-nose pliers to slowly open the jump rings.
  • Measure around your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a piece of string, add 3/4″ to that measurement, and then cut the chain to that length. Then take your chain and attach the jump rings, however you wish.
  • Finally, attach a small lobster clasp closure to finish the graffiti charm bracelet.

Note: For a more feminine look, weave a silk ribbon through every other link in the chain. Secure ends with a double knot. The secret of her projects is that she does not throw away leftover paper or fabric scraps from my previous projects.

Making Shapes for your Artworks


Mixed media art is all about; being able to use your inner creativity to make something and share your artwork with the world. A review of different shapes and sizes will encourage you to try using your current favorite techniques and apply them to different arrangements. This is because it is so easy to get stuck into the same old pattern. However we can still apply creativity on the same old skills and techniques which can make something out of them.  Instead of cutting card, adding image and adding text, you can use small pieces like moo card or inches to make different shaped backgrounds. Besides you will incorporate color and different styles.

Some of the following ranges of standard sizes of shapes will commonly appear in swaps and challenges across the Internet and with local crafting groups. And by the way, the small sizes are of more preference because they can be used in making multiples. While arches can be turned into books, they can also be added to the front of the handmade cards.

Here are the sizes:

  • Moo Cards (1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″)
  • Postcards (4″ x 6″ – either orientation)
  • Arches (4″ x 6″)
  • Pennants (4″ across top x 6″)

You can get creative with the above sizes. Happy creating.