Last month, I decided to join an ATC Names swap. For the next 10 months, I’ll be making two ATCs a month for each member in the swap. Although I’m not normally a fan of long-term swaps, I thought this would be a fun way to get to know each group member better, as well as a chance to participate in an awesome creative challenge!
It’s been interesting to see how differently each participant has approached this swap. My strategy has been to learn as much as possible about each individual, and to create a card that reflects something unique about them. Since I’ve always enjoyed reading about what goes on in other artist’s minds when they are designing a project, I thought it would be fun to share the stories behind each of my cards!
The first card I made in this series was for Dawn. When I read through her list of favorite things, three things caught my eye: her love of unusual backgrounds, her love of dragonflies, and her love of flowers. I knew from the start that I wanted to incorporate these three elements into her ATC.
I wasn’t sure what type of unusual background I wanted to create, but one day, while scrounging around The Paper Palace, I came across a bag of scraps that contained some pretty pink mulberry paper. The scrap was too small to cover the card, so I decided to tear it and layer it in diagonal strips across a sturdy sky blue base. Since I did not know what Dawn’s favorite colors were – I used two of mine for her card!
Originally I had planned to use a dragonfly button on this card – I have some really cool ones in my collection – but when I pulled them out, the colors did not quite match the background – so instead, I went digging through my stash and came across some beautiful iridescent dragonfly and floral stickers from Sticko that I used instead. Although it’s difficult to tell from the picture, they are very shimmery in the light!
I then went digging thru my huge collection of alphas, and found these wonderful alphabet stickers from Doodlebug. I love them because of their handstamped and chalked look!
I was really pleased by how this card came out. I hope Dawn likes it too!