Tuesday, March 26, 2019

SOS392: make an atc!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is all about format! we want to see artist trading cards (2.5x3.5" rectangles) or artist trading coins (2.5" circles) with any theme, materials and technique you desire. i went with spring and collage. because it's SPRING... and i love collage, lol! :)

vintage images from old nature books, garden plans from a landscaping handbook and sheet music from my stash;  transparency bases: hambly; washi tape: eyelet outlet, little b, mt; rub-on transfers: basic grey; ink: colorbox; corner rounder: we r memory keepers; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, scotch create gluestick

i made four traditional ATC cards because i was already committed to a swap with an instagram friend that specified 3 cards with a "spring" theme. my "extra" card is to swap with my SOS teammate donna!

all four of my cards are built on a base of hambly transparency scraps, then i made a background of torn vintage paper... in this case bits of garden plans and some sheet music. i added strips of torn washi tape with brick, wood and flower designs to the background add to the "gardeny" feeling; because to me spring means it's finally time to get out into the garden and get ready for the warm weather!

from a few different older books i chose images that signified spring to me: flowers, nesting birds, and a butterfly. i liked how my cards looked, but there was still an awful lot of bright white paper showing, so i felt like i needed one more element.

i don't know about you, but i still have a whole bunch of older rub-on transfers. some of them are still in awesome condtion and rub-on perfectly. others do not. the only problem is: you cannot actually tell which are which until you try to rub them on something. my solution is to cut them up and use them really loosely in collage backgrounds. which is what i did here. 

i hope you'll be inspired to make some artist trading cards or coins and swap with your friends OR use them as the centerpiece for your next card or journal page! be sure to check out all the gorgeous design team creations over at SOS! ♥


  1. Absolutely the feel of spring with these ATCs, all of them are gorgeous and you are the collage queen!!!

  2. Ohhhhhhhhh Lauren these are sooooo amazingly gorgeous!
    And PHEW, I am so glad you didn't make them 3.2 inches LOL
    I am honoured to be the lucky recipient of one of your ATC's
    I have a collection of them hung on my wall in my craft room!

  3. I had not doubt but that you would annihilate this challenge and I was not disappointed. You remain the queen of collage and these ATCs are just another testament to your amazing talent. Your eye for composition and color is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration,

  4. Wow wow wow!! Your ATC's are STUNNING!! Love your trademark collage look, and the way you effortlessly paired all those different elements to them!

  5. Oh Lauren, I know you have an amazing eye to mix and match different elements on a card but these are even more incredible because they are so small!!!
    All 4 cards are gorgeous, so unique and colorful, I feel like I just crawled from under a rock only to discover this other fabulous art form.
    Beautiful, amazing cards my dear.

  6. Gorgeous! These are awesome little Lauren-collages! Lucky are all who get one of these.


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