ACT Challenge

ATC stands for Artists trading card which were originally given by artists as a sample of their works. They are bits of card that measure 3.5 x 2.5 inches exactly. You decorate one side using a range of techniques and then write on the back a title for it, the date and who its made by.


Sunday, 19 June 2011

4th challenge - Fathers Day Themed

Afternoon Everyone

A big Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Fathers out there xx

Thank you for the lovely entrys for our last challenge Austin Powers - We will be back later for a Winners Post catch up for the last two challenges 

Its Tonys Turn to choose this fortnight - So he has chosen in the theme of Today Fathers Day - Male Themed ATC 

The Prize for this is - 

5 Stamped Images of the above stamps, A gorjuss Van and a wonderful Bike 


This is made entirely from free images from the internet. DAD with peel offs, and a few blue gems just to give it a little bit of jazz. And of course blue eyelets.    


Made mine a Father's Day ATC.
3D trophy and epoxy stickers [ best] from my stash .
ATC is black with layer of light blue which has diecut oval .
Punched small star to add DAD to trophy.


This train I cut out by hand, decoupaged up and added the happy Fathers Day sentiment and also some metal brads to enhance the male theme


Decoupage Fishing Scene, with a peel off with love


For this atc I used images from a mens atc booklet, I also used crackle paint on the man's picture and the edges and ink around the edges too.


 I very gently smudged some black and yellow ink with a piece of sponge on to a piece of card, careful not to over colour it. I then stamped the image and mounted it on to a black atc blank to frame it. Finishing off with a computor generated sentiment,also mounted on a piece of black card.

Stamped the postage marks and stamped & embossed the the image of the man. Painted over entire ATC with acrylic paint and then wiped over with a tissue to remove some of the paint. Stamped 'Man' in bottom right.


I have decided to make a little ATC Easel.  My image is a free stamp that I got years ago from Craft Stamper (do you remember the old red rubber ones mounted on foam - yep it's that old!).  The lovely papers are from DCWV La Creme stack

Please remember we are an ATC Challenge Blog, the rules can be found at the top under the tabs

Look forward to seeing all your ATC creations 

The Team 


Sunday, 5 June 2011

3rd Challenge Austin Powers !! Yeah Baby

Thank you for the wonderful entries on the Seaside Beach theme, there were some gorjuss ones in there, we will be back later for a catch up on the winner.

On this Challenge, its Leah turn to choose a theme for us all - So she has choosen Austin Powers !!!

So the prize for this Challenge is - A pack of assorted leaves - I have used these before and they ink well !!!

The Design Team have had a little chat about Copyright rules, so I had a little chat with a very talented Designer Shendy, her work is amazing and her CDs are about to become available to buy.  So big big Thanks to you Shendy for designing these papers just for us here at ATC Challenge.

So You can use these papers by saving and printing them or just by taking inspiration from them.

Lets have a Look at what the team have come up with this time around.


Made using neon pens and promarkers
austin powers image decoupaged in centre



The trousers I've made from yellow glitter card, added the chain from my stash. For the shoes I had to google a free picture, which I glued on to some card before cutting out, making them stiff enough to stand out.


coloured using neon gel pens then added the images of Austin Powers and his car and used silver peel offs to add the word swinger!!.


used one of the free backgrounds - then found a 70's disco dancer and added some bling


Don't know about you guys but this looks like its moving, lol. I love the psychedelic colours. I googled this image and cut groovy on my cricut with some swirls and mounted it onto black card.


I printed a background from my computer, and found a picture from the web. Mounted on black cardstock and used copy paper for the wording. 

For my groovy ATC I used stamps from Hero Arts Circular Designs and stamped them with Stampin' Up inks in Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango and Delightful Daffodil then added some more colour with Sakura Stardust pens.  I then matted and layered on blue and yellow, finishing off with some gold peel-offs.

I just had to make a second ATC for this challenge.  At about 1 o'clock in the morning I had this brilliant idea of making Austin Powers' jacket.  I stuck lace to the base of my ATC and then cut out his jacket, adding faux stitching and a snazzy square button.  Yeah, baby, yeah!!!


 Background made using alcohol inks and cosmic shimmer sprays, sentiment printed on printer and embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder, flowers punched from same background and added sparkley stars.

Used  one of Shendy's papers , thank you .
.Image from web site  on  Punched circle from gold card . Initials are stickers .

Hi everyone

Thank you for all your wonderful entries, there were some wonderful creations there and I felt inspired by them all. We will be back later for the winners post

Right onto our next challenge - The wonderful Caro has choosen this one

Beach/Seaside but she would like to see non flat entries, so decoupage, shells, sand etc to give it a bit of height somewhere

The prize this time is 

A mixed bag of Buttons 

So remember to follow the rules which are above

We are an ATC Challenge Blog - Which means this is for Challenges that have ATCs only

So here are what the wonderful teamies have come up with 

Done using acrylic paints, shells from my beach and stamped decoupaged image of huts coloured with copics


Shell shocked, covered ATC base with PVA glue applied crushed sea shells onto it, allowed to dry then added further two shells again with PVA glue once all dried added Silver Sprakle Fairy dust hope you like it.


I made the background with blue glitter glue, and the bottom half with seed beads (pinched from my cross stitcher wife). I made the frame from gold card and then an All out yesterdays topper with metal shell charms.


Beach Huts - made using a photo, cut into strips, small shells and glitter glue and a Seagull colored with a silver gel pen


Some fun with the rabbit in the sun  lol


For the back ground I used some windbreak style paper from my stash, I then used a picture of Dolphins to make in to a body board,adding a wrist cord and brad for effect.Finally layered some paper shells to finish the scene.


For this atc I used a inkadinkado clear stamp then brayered the background, stuck on a beach and some small shells.

For this challenge I've made a triptych ATC (that's an ATC in 3 parts). I stamped my scene using Hobby Arts Coastal Scene-Its onto watercolour paper and then painted it using Koh-i-noor watercolour paints and Whispers pens.

"Beside the Seaside" I used a collage of scraps of patterned paper to make the beach scene and then stamped out the beach hut and boat and layered on top.

I used Distress inks to do the backing and then sprinkled on some embossing powder then reinked using distress inks again, this has given it a resist look and feel. I got the image from google along with the wording and added some shells to the bottom

 Lisa Sparkle

Sandcastle Memories- the image is from a gorgeous Stampin' Up stamp set, the background is an old book page, lightly stippled with Distress Inks. The image is very gently coloured with Promarkers, just around the edges for some definition. Plus, a little red spade, because my bucket and spade were red when I was a child!


My Beach/Seaside Themed ATC


 My Beach/Seaside Themed ATC

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