I mentioned in a recent post that I had discovered artist trading cards (ATC's) and that I was taking part in a swap on swapbot with a couple of my online friends. Now that both my recipients have received their cards I can share on my blog the cards I made to send to them. Our theme for the swap was nature. The cards are 2 and a half inches by 3 and a half inches in size. I was pleased with my results although working on such a small scale is a challenge.
This card I tore and glued a couple of paper scraps on either end of the card. I coloured the middle in with pastels and blended them slightly. Then I fussy cut a butterfly from another scrapbooking paper and stuck it down with a foam square so it was more dimensional. I decorated the butterfly wings with sticky jewels and outlined the wings with gold glitter. The antennae of the butterfly I made from the ends of a couple of piksters. (piksters are a dental product for cleaning the gaps between your teeth and look somewhat like tiny bottlebrushes) These also received a coating of glitter. I added a few more sparkly gems and a quote. "Lose yourself in nature and find peace". I hate my handwriting but don't have access to a printer just yet nor a small alphabet stamp set. I finished by dabbing the edges of the card with a green inkpad. I was really pleased with this card and it was a good learning experience.
I've been reading about various art techniques and looking for hours at ATC's online and will doubtless have more to show in the future. Making these tiny works of art is fun, relaxing and as I was warned, very addictive! Hope my show and tell (bragfest) brought a little sunshine to your day.
wishing you sunshine in your shadows