Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Altered ATC with Graphic 45

ATC or artist trading cards are a mini craft project. The scope to use them is endless.
Graphic 45 has a great staples item that I have used to create these two projects, 
their ATC book box
They can be altered in so many ways. The only limitation is your imagination.
I have a bit of an addiction to box projects so these were a perfect fit for me.

The ATC book box comes with three ATC tags inside with a binding ring.
I have used the entire box for this first project.

The paper collection used for this project was Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home.

I started by covering the box with designer papers from the collection.
There was a great selection to chose from.
I left a border to expose the kraft colour of the box and I did not think inking was necessary.

I used the Graphic 45 antique metal door pulls on the sides as the only embellishments 
that part of the box.

The top of the project was where I chose to concentrate my embellishments.
I made a simple chipboard frame inking and then heat embossing it to make it 
look like vegetable crate.
The fussy cutting opportunities with the home sweet home collection are great and chose this technique to fill the vegetable crate on the top. Adhering them vertically 
gives great dimension. 

The inside I cover with one of the more vibrant papers in the collection.
I used on of the home sweet home ephemera cards on the inside of the lid, embellishing
metal corners.
The ATC's I left plain. I constructed a pocket for each to slide into, then embellishing with images from the collection and some corners from the sticker sheet.


The second ATC book box project was little different when compared to the first one.
It uses a combination of Graphic 45 collections to make the finished project.

The two collection i urged on the lid and box sides were Steampunk spells
and Mother goose. I thought these collections were a great colour match and had some images that seemed to work together.
I fussy cut some images from both collections and tried to assimilate them together to 
create a unified image.
I think the colours a great combination and i would encourage you to try and 
combine collections for a different look.

When creating ATC's for this box I decided to make make traditional style cards
using five different collections. I also tried to  make a textured background. I do not have much experience with mixed media techniques but I gave it a go.

Here are some close ups of the ATC's.
The Graphic 45 collections I used were Sweet Sentiments, Steampunk spells,
Typography, Botanical tea and Mother goose. The backgrounds were made using texture paste,
Glimmer mist, embossing powders and a collection of different stencils.

Graphic 45 ATC book boxes are a wonderful staple craft item that have so many applications. these are two of my versions of the many versions out there. I hope you will give one a try using your favourite paper collection ( Graphic 45 of course ).

Thanks for visiting and all comments are greatly appreciate dos please 
share your thoughts on my projects. 

Happy Paper crafting


  1. Sooooo beautiful. Very inspiring indeed.

  2. You are so talented Andrew! I love seeing your creations and appreciate the work you put in to them. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous projects. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!!


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