Monday, April 30, 2012

PGC Blog Hop

Hi All!

Welcome to The Paper Girls Challenge's first ever blog hop - an ATC hop! 

So, what is an ATC, you may be thinking?!?  ATC stands for Artist Trading Card.  They are the size of a playing card.  I call them baseball cards for papercrafters!  If you are still going, huh?  You can see the post I made about my 1st ever attempt at ATC's here.  And now let me show you what I made for a Summer ATC swap:


When I think of summer, I think of growing up in California and going to the beach and sailing with my grandparents.  I had just read an article in a craft magazine about using embossing powder to create the look of sand (wish I could remember which mag it was...) and knew I wanted to incorporate all these thoughts into my ATC's.  Here is how I made the ATC:
  • I grabbed a bunch of different colors and textures of embossing powder, my Versamark pad, and my heat gun and went to town.  Normally I worry about over heating and cracking what I am embossing, but not this time.  While the melted powder was still hot, I kept adding more layers until I got the rough look I wanted. 
  • Blue ink sponged above the embossed portion (and maybe a little over the top edge of it) gave the look of water. 
  • From there, it was time to brake out my Cricut and cut the cloud and boat.  The boat is popped off the background to give a little more dimension to the ATC. 
  • Last, but not least, I couldn't forget about the seagulls, so I hand drew those in.
One of the biggest compliments I could ever receive is that I inspired someone else...which is what Judy told me about this ATC!  Hop on over to her blog and see what she made...
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT - before you go, make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win our PGCB prize!

HERE'S THE BLOG HOP ORDER:
Kristina McKeen  <--- You are here!

If you didn't start at the beginning, hop on back and start there.  For every comment left on the blogs, you will get an entry to win this prize:


How to Participate:

Want to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and finally become a follower on our blog. It's simple, you get to see some fabulous projects.  C'mon...you know you want to!

Want to have more fun after seeing all of the inspiring projects? Join in! Link up an ATC created by you and you will get an extra entry for the prize!

International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.

And now I'm off to create 28 Spring Themed ATC's. 
Happy Hopping!

26 comments:

  1. Ah, shoot. That sand is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing the technique.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the sand technique. I have lots of beaches pictures and can definitely be used when scrapping them.

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  3. I love this ATC, I do believe I have one of my own in my book from you. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the spring ones.

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  4. LOVE the way the sand looks with the embossing.

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  5. Wow, that looks so cool Kristina. Love this blog hop idea!!!

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  6. Way to go on that sand. Really looks neat. Great idea.

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  7. I love that I have one of these!

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  8. You already know what I think of the ship! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Your "sand" is SO realistic. Love your idea

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  10. That sand technique is wild I love it, great job on your tranquil atc.

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  11. Your "sand" is cute! I love the ATC you created!

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  12. You ARE inspiring! A lot of work went into these cute ATC's!

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  13. Gorgeous ATC Kristy! I may have to try my hand at ATC's one of these days! What a fabulous little work of art you have created - and that sand is awesome!

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  14. beautiful ATC i love making these and thank for the givaway

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  15. WOA WAIT! 28 spring themed ATCs?! You better stop blogging and get busy :D By the way your first ATC (collection) is great, I bet you took a while to get more paper flowers!

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  16. very nice ATC...I also went and looked at your first ones (there is NO way they were your first...they're too beautiful!)

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  17. I love love love your sailboat. Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Love the sand look!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. What a neat new way to use embossing powder! I am going to have to try that technique. Maybe it will work to create the look of water too?!

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  20. that is adorable.. love the sailboat ..

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  21. I wanna break out my embossing powder and gun now...the sand on your ATC is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  22. Very nice!!! Like the sailboat.

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  23. Love the ATC. I wish your blog would've been first, because I didn't know what an ATC was. I did figure it out by scoping out older posts of Amber's though. I love the idea. When making Valentine cards with my kids I was always kind of sad I couldn't do anything small for my friends. Now I am getting ideas. THANKS!

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  24. I love the card! Thanks for sharing the technique. I am still really new to stamping & embossing so usually my stuff is always cracked!

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  25. Very nice ATC! I really like how you used embossing to create the "sand" look :)

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