When you’re short on time, there is nothing like getting your craft-on to create some fun and fast ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I have a friend who is crazy about Halloween so I decided to make this little series for her.
I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade and “smooshed” them onto some wet 140 lb Strathmore water color paper that I had cut down to ATC size (2.5″ x 3.5″). Then I inked the edges of each card with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot along with some Versafine Onyx Black to get a deep dark edge border.
With a little stamping from a Hampton Art and Recollections Halloween stamps (sorry neither set seems to have a name), doodling with a black Uniball ink pen, a grounding of torn and layered washi to create a floor for the witches’ boots to stand on, and some coloring with some metallic gelly roll pens, the ATCs started to get some visual depth. Lastly, to add some dimension, I added painted wood veneer stars and skull to the black cat ATC, orange and champagne colored gems to and sparkle around the witches boots, and magical purple star gems to the witch with her cauldron.
The following is a share of the ATCs and a short process on how to make the watercolor backgrounds with Distress Inks:
These ATCs are being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Monday Use Some Lucky Stars Challenge
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday A Bit O’ Green Challenge
Card Mania Polka Dots and Stripes Challenge – Witchy boots and whitch’s hat on ATCs
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Gals Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Cute concept and very well executed! Thanks for leaving this in our mailbox here at 613 Avenue Create!
Thank you so very much Chana! It was fun to do an off season project. LOL TF stopping by and leaving a sweet and encouraging comment! Hugs, Kristina
These are great, you are really ahead of the game for your Halloween ATC’s! TFS!
LOL Yep, it was fun to do this off-season project, but my friend really celebrates Halloween all year so I’m sending these to her now. 😀 Not ahead of anything I’m afraid. LOL tf stopping by! Hugs, Kristina
LOVE the Halloween themed ATCs. Thank you for playing along Simon Says Stamp A Bit O’ Green Challenge 🙂
Thanks so very much Gayatri! It was fun to do a totally off season project but still get in on the Bit O Green challenge. 😀
Thank you so much for sharing your project and entering our challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenges.
I can’t wait to see what you create for our next challenge.
Craft Your Passion Challenges
Awww thanks so very much Angie! You are so sweet and encouraging! TFStopping by! Hugs, Kristina
I was surprised to see Halloween, but it makes sense to me, because I also have a friend who is crazy for Halloween! Cute ATC’s and I love how you used your stars. Thanks so much for joining us for our lucky stars challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!
Yep, for this friend, all year long she would prefer Halloween projects. LOL It was actually fun to do a totally off season project too. 😀 tfstopping by! Hugs, Kristina
WOW – FABULOUS set of ATC’s!!!
Your friend is going to LOVE it when she opens your package FILLED with INKY AWESOMENESS 🙂
These ATCs are so cute! I have a friend that would love something like this too. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks so much Cynthia! Hope you give them a try. I love how fast and fun these watercolored background ATCs are. :O)
Great. Really lovely project 🙂
Thanks for sharing it at Card mania! 🙂 xx Kaja
Thanks so very much Kaja! These were fun to whip up! I love doing ATCs. :O)
Thanks so very much Farhana! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a sweet comment! Hugs, Kristina
The are amazing 🙂
Thanks for joining us at CardMania Challenges, good luck with the challenge 🙂 hugs! :)))
Thanks so very much! It was fun to do an off-season project and just let loose. LOL TFStopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! Hugs, Kristina
Thanks for sharing your cute ATG cards.
Thanks v much Dawn! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a sweet comment. Big hugs, Kristina
Beautifully adorable ATC’s, beautifully coloured images and gorgeous colouring!!
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Awww thanks so much Heather! These were really fun to make, especially in the spring with all the pastel colored projects. LOL I’m such a contrarian. hahaha 🙂 tfstopping by! Hugs, Kristina
Great ATCs – thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls Creations.
Thank you so much Helen! These were fun to make. 🙂
Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
Evie – DT member
Thank you so much Evie! I had so much fun making these ATCs. Halloween is fun all year long! LOL