Sunday, July 18, 2010

New ATCs and Inchies

So recently I've been making a TON of ATCs and inchies, just because I was craving a new size. You guys have seen a couple of my ATCs, but I also made some inchies. In case some of you don't know what an inchie is, it is a small paper project, most commonly collage, that is measured at 1x1". You may think I'm crazy, but seriously, these things are quick, easy, and most of all, addicting! First off, I think I'll post my ATCs.

This ATC was originally created for the newspaper swap, but, as it turns out, I made this one a little too late to enter it, so I'll just post it on my Flickr as available. Here it is:

Next up, we've got some ATCs that I made for an elephant swap. The first one I'm going to show you is collaged. It has a cardstock base that was crumpled up into a ball, flattened out and smoothed, and then this process was repeated 2 or 3 more times. Then the creases were inked by rubbing an ink pad flat over the top of the ATC. I also inked several other portions of the ATC. The epoxy sticker is from ColorBok and I bought a pack of 12 at Target for a dollar. The stamped word is by Scrappy Cat and it is the Playful Classic. The edges were distressed by painting around the edges with tempera paint.

The next elephant ATC was drawn. On occasion I like to experiment with drawing and shading with Primsacolor pencils. Prismacolor pencils have a softer lead than regular colored pencils, which gives them an effect that might not otherwise be possible.

The last of the ATCs are for a swap I'm doing that is based around the 4 elements. The 3 that I'm about to show you are very simple, yet they still turned out really nice looking. The 4th, which is Earth, is not going to be the same. I'm actually going to draw that one as well. So for the 3 other elements, I simply printed out an image as big as an ATC to use for a background, then adhered it to a piece of cardstock to make it sturdier. Then I used the Playful Classic acrylic stamps again to spell out the correct word. I then cut them out, rounded the corners, and inked the edges. Perfect! First is the fire one. I have to say that I think I like this one the best. I used Ink it Up ink in the color Terra Cotta. Very pretty.

Next up we have the water ATC. I have to say that I REALLY like the image in the background. I just think that it's really cool. Again I used Ink it Up ink, but this time I used Indigo as my color:

Last of all the ATCs is the Wind ATC. I really like the image in the background of this ATC as well. The element is actually air, but since a tornado is just moving air, I decided to use a tornado as my image, and wind as the caption. I think it turned out pretty good!

Okay, that was all of the ATCs, so now onto the inchies we go! I'm only going to show you 2 ATCs today, and the rest tomorrow. The first inchie I'd like to show you is an inchie that I created earlier today. I stamped the background using the stem portion of flowers and it reminded me of bamboo! Well anyhow, I added the stamped image of a star, and then stamped cherish along the bottom edge:

And the last project that I'm going to show you today is my favorite inchie of all: one that I call entertainment. I punched out a bunch of flowers from the sticky part of a post it note and then stuck them onto my base. I then painted over it with lime green paint, added buttons and a piece cut from a newspaper. Complete!

Hope I inspired you and hope to see you next time! Bye!


  1. Cute ATC's and inchies! I've never tried either one of these!

  2. I have never done ATC's and Inchies either! You did a great job on them!

  3. Wow! Awesome ATC's and adorable inchies!!! The elephant drawing is great!! Good job!