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Friday, July 22, 2016

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Easel ATC by MariLynn


Hello, everyone. MariLynn here with my first mixed media tutorial for STAMPlorations. I love creating projects and I love sharing how I made them. My hope is to encourage you create mixed media projects of your own.

Today I am going to share a project I call a mixed media easel ATC (Artist Trading Card).




The first ATCs were created 20 years ago. I am sure that there have been many variations in those 20 years. One thing that has been fairly standard is the size. 3.5 x 2.5. My variation was to make mine with a built in easel. Ready to see how I made it? Well, here we go.

Step 1: I started with a piece of cardstock cut to 8.5 x 2.5.



 Step 2: I collected some scraps of designer paper and a page from an old encyclopedia.



 Step 3: I took those papers and tore them into little pieces.
 (Tearing paper is a great stress reliever.)



Step 4: I took a ruler and a pencil and marked where 7 inches was. I also marked 7.5 and 8.



Step 5: I used Aleene's tacky glue and covered the cardstock up to the 7 inch mark.



Step 6: I placed the small pieces of designer paper in a random pattern.



 Here is a photo of all the pieces glued down.
It didn't matter that I went over the edges.



Step 7: When the glue had dried I added another layer of the tacky glue over the top.



Step 8: When the top layer of glue dried, I used my scissors and cut along the edges.


See... nice straight edges again.


 Step 9: I used BUBBLES - ARTplorations stencil.


I used a sharpie black marker and the stencil to trace the bubbles onto the cardstock.


Step 10: I painted some highlights to each bubble with white acrylic paint.
(I painted a long curved line on one side,  a smaller curved line on opposite side  and a dot.)

I folded the cardstock at 3.5, 7, 7.5 and 8.



Step 11: It was at this time that I saw the edge of my  ATC. I didn't like how the edges were white, so I took my black sharpie marker and colored the edges black.



Step 12: I added glue to the last 1/2 inch of the cardstock strip. I then glued that to the top of the strip.


 Here is a photo showing how it looks when glued.
Isn't it cute how it stands up?


Time to decorate the ATC

Step 13: I used SOME BIRDS- ARTplorations stencil, a small piece of black cardstock and a white colored pencil.

I traced the bird with the white colored pencil on the back of the black cardstock.



Step 14: I cut out the bird and added a drop of white acrylic paint for the eye.



Step 15: I decided that I didn't like the eye all white so I added a black dot with a sharpie marker.
I took some of the scraps that I used on the ATC and made a piece that I could stamp on.
I used a sentiment from  TRENDY BIRDS 2- STAMPlorations set.



Step 16: If you saw the little punched out circles in the photo above, I took them and put them on the back of the bird sandwiching glue in between each circle. (Kinda looks like mini oreos) I did that to add some dimension from the bird and the ATC. I did the same to the back of the sentiment piece.



Step 17: I added some rhinestones to the ATC and I added one little one to dot the "I" on the sentiment. I also added a small rectangle of burlap behind the bird.


There you have it. My mixed media easel ATC. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created it, and that you want to have a try making your own easel ATC. Have a blessed day.

11 comments:

  1. H. O. L. Y. C. O. W.!!!! What a fabulous tutorial! And, tearing paper as stress relief is always an added bonus, haha. Great job, MariLynn!

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  2. H. O. L. Y. C. O. W.!!!! What a fabulous tutorial! And, tearing paper as stress relief is always an added bonus, haha. Great job, MariLynn!

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  3. I feel the need to tear some paper. Fabulous tutorial ML, love your Oreos...hehehe

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  4. Lots of texture and gorgeous background x

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  5. Great job, my friend! I love the bird plus all the texture!

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  6. What a fun easel project Marilynn! Congratulations on your first fun mixed media tutorial success! j.

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  7. wow, great tutorial and so much texture and interesting images on in this project. Love the paper tearing part. LOL!!!

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  8. Thanks for this variation on the standard ATC MariLynn - a wonderful tutorial.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  9. What a super fun way to make an ATC! Thanks for showing the how to. It's awesome.

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  10. OHH I wanna try this! I hope I can get the opportunity - your ATC is fabulous! TFS

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