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-- 07 August, 2006 --

Autumn ATCs

Autumn ATC 1 Autumn ATC 2 Autumn ATC 3

I have never tried making Artist's Trading Cards, commonly known at ATCs, before. To be honest all of the hype that I have seen on some of the mailing lists that I read had actually put me off. Then I joined Swap-bot and signed up for an ATC exchange ...

The theme for this exchange was autumn (obviously a northern hemisphere swap coordinator) and it took me a while to decide what I was going to do. Since the only way to get an ATC is to swap for them, I have never actually seen one up close and personal so I really had nothing to base my design upon.

Staying within a comfort zone, I began by making the background images using Photoshop Elements. I wanted to print them onto watercolour paper so I blended some autumn colours together and then used the watercolour filter to give them an appropriate appearance. I have a few interesting fonts that I bought from 2 Peas in a Bucket so I used one of these to add the lettering to look a bit like scrapbooking. Then, even though I had used a different image for each card, I felt a bit guilty about going digital, so I started to worry about how to make them a bit more hand-made.

The first card got a gouache leaf and branch, using the liquid amber in my front garden as a reference. On the second card I used a couple of the skills that I learned at a scrapbooking class. I used a piece of torn paper for the simulated ground and a pile of leaves made using a little punch. The third card is a combination of gouache hand painting and punched leaves.

Altogether they have come out OK, in my opinion, especialy for a first timer. They have been sent off to a lady in Western Australia. I received my cards today from someone in the US. That's how Swap-bot works.

Posted by robynls at August 7, 2006 7:58 PM

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For some reason the first card is not loading so I'll head to flickr and see if it's there. I love the last one!

Posted by: bb at August 7, 2006 9:30 PM

OK after I posted my comment and it dragged back to the page now I see the first one. lol

Posted by: bb at August 7, 2006 9:31 PM

Robyn - Love these. Wish they werent' ATC's though.
I did it a couple of times and that was enough. I love the third one especially. Could see it as a book cover, or a calendar page. Very nice exploration. That is what sketchbooks are useful for. The exploration of ideas. I guess it is good to have an outside source suggest an idea once in a while.

Posted by: Robin N at August 8, 2006 6:33 AM

Yes it is fun to share, but can be extremely time consuming, as well as a distraction from the "work".
This focus is just what I am struggling with. Computer just may need to have a timer.

Posted by: Robin N at August 8, 2006 7:47 AM

Oh Robyn, you are on the road to ruin now you've discovered ATC's !!
these are really nice

Posted by: Erica at August 8, 2006 1:12 PM

These are stunning Robyn!!
beautiful colours - she will love them
What printer do you have at home - I think I really need to get me to a Photoshop course!

Posted by: Anastasia at August 8, 2006 3:15 PM

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