Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, March 2, 2012

My First ATC's For Swap

   I joined my first swap. These are the cards that I made to swap. It's called "Tag Your It". I had to make three cards using tags. It was so much fun to make these cards. It was also a little frightening. I've seen some of the photo albums of ATC's that members have made. These are some really talented ladies. Many actually do little paintings and collages. I'm not much of an artist. I am more of a card maker. I hoped that these would be alright. I was so thrilled to find that they used one of my tags on their home page. It sure is exciting. Everyday I watch and wait for the mailman. I can hardly wait to see the cards that I get in exchange. I feel a lot like a little kid at Christmas.

   I started with a white piece of card stock. I scribbled onto it with watercolor crayons in red, blue and yellow. I blended them with a wet paintbrush. While they were still wet I ran them through my Wizard to emboss them. While they were drying I made the center flower. It is done with a technique called teabag folding. It's called the zig-zag fold. Eight circles are folded and put together to make a flower. Then I punched out a green leaf and a small colored tag. I printed a word on each. Next I sprayed the flower, leaf  and tag, with copper Precious Pearls that I made into a mist. Then I cut printed card stock into tag shapes. I edged each with light brown ink. I set each with an eyelet, and tied with a piece of copper ribbon. Now that the embossed cards were dry I edged each card with light brown ink and and gently blotted the pad across the embossed card and also the tag with the eyelet. I tied the leaf tag and the word tag with a fine gold thread. I used a quick dry glue to assemble the card.

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