Friday, 25 February 2011

ATC mini album

Hi all,
I'm glad to be designing for today. I thought I would share with you how I made a mini album for my ATC's. ATC stands for artist trading card. Artist would make mini works of art that were 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches and swap them with other artists or give them to prospective clients/sponsors. I got involved with making atc's a few years ago and often participate in swaps. At the moment I'm making some atc's on a Tim Holtz theme, we have to have something by Tim Holtz on the ATC. I thought I would make a mini album using Tim's papers etc ready for when I receive my atc's.

Here are the items I used. I used Tim's Lost and Found papers, 4 white paper bags size 3 1/2inches by 6 1/2 inches, some plain card stock, my atg gun and red sticky tape.

First I folder the points of the bottom in. I then stuck this down so the bottom was half it's size.

I then used my red tape and stuck it as above. I then folded it inwards. This gave me a strong spine.
I did all four the same way. I then attached it all together by the spines. Two of the bags I stuck together all along the whole surface, I then stuck the others together to these two on the spines.
This is difficult to photograph without my hands etc getting in the way.

I then cut the pages and pockets. I cut 2 papers 3 1/2 inches by 4 inches, 2 papers that were 3 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches. I then cut to make the pockets 2 papers that were 1 3/4 inches by 4 inches and 2 more 1 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches. I stuck the main papers on to make the pages, the longer sided paper 4 1/4 inches is used to cover up part of the spine. To make the pockets I put the red tape on three sides and stuck them down. This will leave room for me to add bits, once I've received the atc's.

Here are the inside pages finished. You can see how there's a pocket to the bottom on one page and to the side on another.

To make the spine, I used a paper 2 3/4 inches by 3 9/16 inches. I stuck the tape as above then stuck one side of the spine down. I then turned it over and repeated. I didn't score it as I wanted it to curve like a book spine.

To finish the cover I stuck the tape on as above. I then cut two pieces of card 4 1/4 inches by 3 9/16 inches. I then stuck it down.

Here is the cover Stuck down. I then used my circle punch to cut half circles out of the pages to make it easier to pull the atc's out.

I put ribbon on the front and back to hide where the spine joins the card. I then threaded ribbon through the spine, ready for adding some charms to it. I then stuck atc on the front, using die cut letters.
To finish the atc lettering off I stickled it with distress stickles faded jeans.
Well that's my tutorial. I will add a lot of the finishing touches once I've made my atc's and received my swap. I will be posting pictures of my ATC's over the next couple of days, so please come back and take a look. Just a quick thank you to Kathy has some great tutorials on paper bag albums and that's where I adapted mine from.
Next time for She's a sassy lady I'm going to try and make a rose necklace. Fingers crossed what is in my head can actually be made.

Kelly x

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Blog award

Wow, I want to give a big Thank you to Lisa at for passing on this award to me. It's much appreciated.
There are a couple of rules that accompany this award. First you need to post about the award and then thank and link back to the person who presented it to you. You also need to let them know that you have accepted the award. Then, you in turn need to select 3-5 people to present the award to and inform them.

I would like to pass this on to

1. Pam at for fantastic tutorials.
2. Kathy Orta at another site for great tutorials especially on paper bag albums.
3. Sue at for fabulous cards.
4. Mandy at for wonderful cards.
5. Beccy at for sharing her wonderful free printables with us.

These blogs are fab, I do have a huge list of blogs that I go visit often, so it was quite hard who to give these to.
I hope you go and take a look at these blogs, they're fab.

Kelly x

Friday, 4 February 2011

Frustrating Week

Hi everyone,
I've been trying to blog since Monday, without any success. I've tried lots of different ways to enable me to blog, but blogger isn't helping.
On Tuesday I was a guest designer for and that's what I have been trying to post on here. Finally managed it tonight.
I've had to change my browser from internet explorer to Google Chrome.
I want to give a big thank you to Pam as she has been a great help getting me going again on Blogger.

Kelly :)

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Girlie Card

Hi everyone,

I was a guest designer for on Tuesday.I thought I’d show you how I colour in a stamped image using my Promarkers. Promarkers are like Copics, but are a British company and they are slightly cheaper to buy. They give the same amazing results.

Here are my Promarkers. I got the storage idea of a blog I’d seen it on. It is very useful as I can find my pens a lot easier now.

Well I just got a new stamp the other day. It’s from a company I hadn’t tried before.
It’s an unmounted stamp. I didn’t want to use eazi mount on the back. So I used this instead.

Its crafters companion Stick and Spray. This is the first time I’ve used it and I think it’s fab.

Here’s what it looks like after I’ve sprayed the stamp

Here it is stamped out.

It is important to use the correct inkpad with Promarkers/ Copics. I use the momento Inkpad. Also the card you use needs to be the highest gsm you can get and very smooth. The Card I use is 300gsm. The smoothness helps the Promarkers to blend better.As you can see it’s a nice crisp stamped image. First I coloured her skin. Sometimes I leave it to the end. There’s no right or wrong way, it just depends on where you want to start.

I coloured in again on the cheeks to make it look like she’s got pinkie cheeks.

I coloured in her dress next using two colours.

I then coloured her shoes. As you can see they’re rather bright compared to the rest of the Image.

To tone this down I used my blender pen. I just coloured over the top of the pink. It then made it lighter and more subtle.

I then coloured the grass and dandelions.

Here is it finished coloured in. I always go around the image in a grey as it makes the image pop. I then attached my nestibility to the card. To make sure it didn’t slip I used masking tape to hold it in place.

After putting it through my cuttlebug, I noticed it hadn’t cut all the way around.

So I just turned it around and put it through again. This time it was cut properly.

I then found my chalks and coloured in around the image in yellow. I sometimes don’t like it being white and this is a nice way to change the background colour without over powering the image.

Here it is finished.

I then stuck it to the front of the card. I put crystals all around the edge. I then stickled the wings and dandelions. I always do this last as there’s less change of me smudging the glue.

I hope you like my card and have gained some tips on how to colour in an image. The pens are worth the effort.

Kelly x