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Monday, March 3, 2014

an ATC adventure

Not long ago, I read an article that asked how do we show that we care - there are different ways to do that, not all of us are the same - I make (and eventually send) cards. I know several people who are going through difficult times lately, and when I listen to them (another way to show caring) I want to be able to reassure them that everything will be OK.  I didn't want to write out cards, though - I still have several thank you notes to write.  After pondering it a bit, I decided to make some Artist Trading Cards, thinking a recipient could keep one in a wallet or purse, add a magnet to display it on the fridge, or add velcro to mount it on a car dashboard.  

I turned to some challenge blogs for color inspiration, and started with Dynamic Duos:
stamp sets - Really Good Greetings, Beautifully Baroque; ink - Rose Red, Midnight Muse; card stock - Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper; Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelit; Stampin' Spritzers, sponge dauber

 I tried Less is More next.  I think this is a clean and simple design, but I don't work in the small ATC size often, so it may not have enough "white space"?
stamp set - Really Good Greetings; ink - Garden Green, So Saffron; card stock - So Saffron, Watercolor paper; Big Shot with Apothecary Accents framelit, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Spritzers

I decorated the back with flowers, so I needed something less feminine, and decided to work with the combination at Colour Me...!:
stamp sets - Really Good Greetings, Truly Grateful, Hardwood; ink - Basic Black, Versamark, Smoky Slate, Real Red; card stock - Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Real Red

One of the women I want to give a card has a son who's struggling; I wanted one more masculine card in case she'd like to share hers with him, and the colors (and photo!) at Color Throwdown were perfect:
stamp sets - Really Good Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge; ink - Versamark, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango; card stock - Watercolor paper; Stampin' Emboss powder - Black; punch - 1-3/4" circle; Stampin' Sponges

Whoo - my white balance is way off on the last photo, and it sure washed out the So Saffron sun - guess I better look at that tonight!


Wanda Cullen said...

Great idea to use trading cards to share with friends when they need encouragement! Love the sunset theme you used for the CTD challenge! So happy you were able to join us this week!

Chrissie said...

Simply charming cards Kathe.
Thanks so much
Less is More

Anne said...

What a lovely sentiment!
Thanks for joining this week’s Less is More Challenge
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