For those who have wondered where to start when making ATCs or for someone looking for a new technique here is my Easy to Make backgrounds for Artist Trading Cards. I have been inspired by the release of the Lord of the Rings extended edition movies to Host my First ever Pinkdilla Swap! This will be a Lord of the Rings theme, I will post all of the info with photos coming soon. I covered my work surface with Tim Holtz’ craft sheet and have taken some of my extra Lord of the Rings trading cards to demonstrate with, they are the exact size of ATCs, 2.5″x3.5″.
First, I lightly hand sanded with fine sandpaper on the fronts of the cards to take away the glossy finish, (You don’t have to sand away all of the ink or down to the paper, just the glossy finish).
Next, I generously covered one of the sanded cards with Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio medium in glossy with a paint brush. I used background paper from my Lord of the Rings ATC Kit to cover the card with. Firmly press down the paper from one edge and then slowly press out any air bubbles all the way to the opposite edge.I place my card on a paper towel to dry under a very heavy book, I use a huge Bible for 2-3 days to make sure the cards are dried and flat.
For the second card, I liberally applied Gesso to the top of the card. I let it air dry 15 mins and then placed under a heavy book to dry for 2 days
Once the Gesso is dry I used Twinkling H2Os in rainbow and watercolor paints to cover the card, it only takes a wet paintbrush and no water to make the H2Os and the watercolors vibrant, thick and creamy.
For my third card I used paper from my Lord of the Rings ATC kit and pieced paper around the pretty sky scene using the Studio Medium adhesive in glossy. Let dry for 2-3 days under a heavy book for the best results. I have 2 Arwen and the Elves Kits available and 2 Men of the rings kits available they are $12 each and included several cards and several ATC papers all ready to be decorated! Have fun making backgrounds and don’t forget to come back for the Swap Sign up!
Claire Selby handmade cards
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