ATC exchange|mixed media


After watching Terhi Koskinen on Artists Live on USTREAM couple of weeks ago, I joined a Facebook group called ATC exchange. For those of you that don’t know what ATC is, it stands for Artist Trading Card and it’s a small piece of work on a card sized 3.5×2.5inch.

Some of you might have taken part in the recent hype which are Pocket Letters – that’s basically the same idea with the only difference being that you produce only one card rather than 9 that make a whole piece. Does that make sense?

Anyways, I have exchanged quite a few Pocket Letters about 6-7 months ago and I have been into my mixed media scrapbooking for a few months now so the idea of putting those two together in a form of a small mixed media piece of work was very enticing.

Challenge accepted!!!


To start, I used Brusho powders on a wet white card to create the background (my first time  using Brusho – they’re so easy to use and create fantastic effects on a wet surface). When that dried, I cut it into 2.5×3.5 cards so that I could start working on the individual pieces.


I used a stencil and modelling paste to add texture to the background. While that was drying, I set to work on the embellishments. I used a Simple Stories paper, vellum that I printed a broken vase design on and some burlap mesh which I sprayed with pink mist – I assembled the layers into a paper cluster. On top, I put a ‘theme word’ (e.g. brave, creative, happy, lucky, etc) on a contrasting background.


Before attaching the cluster to the card, I used gold paint making random smudges on the edges of the card and green mica powder mixed with gesso adding texture to the main paper of the cluster. After that dried, I assembled them together. Then a couple of black and pink drops of mist here and there to finish it off. Taaa daaah!!!


For the presentation and safe delivery to their new homes, I decided to attach the ATCs to a bigger white card that I would put into the envelopes. I wrote a short message at the back for the recipients.

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Using a piece of washi tape, I temporarily attached the ATC to its ‘frame’.

It worked out pretty neat, if I say so myself. Do you agree?


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