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, 6 November 2011

challenge 14 - Anything goes or Mermaids

Hi Crafters

What wonderful creations we have got this time around, thank you all for your hard work -

Catch up post here goes

Winner of Challenge 12 is = Debs

Winner of Challenge 13 is = Sherryn

Well done guys, send me your details at and Ill get your prize sent out to you

Okies, we are going to change some things here - Instead of going fortnitely we are going to be going weekly - this means we need some new Design Teams members - We are going to have two teams, so one team will stay as we are and the second team will be made up off new crafty folk - So if you fancy being on our team please leave a comment below and we will come and have a nosey at your blog - The commitments to being on our team are to make one ATC per fortnite and to leave comments on the entrys in your fortnite.

We are in the middle of arranging some sponsers, so for now we are running without prizes, but the prizes we will be offering from our sponsers will only be on offer for the entrys that have followed the main Challenge ie this fortnites is mermaids - so all entrys that have that theme will be eligible for entry into the prize draw.

Also we have our badge now for the winners and runner ups - So if you have won before, please take this badge for your blog


Okies - So without further ado - Leah has chosen this theme - Mermaids - You can of course go with anything goes BUT it must be an ATC - We are an ATC and an ATC only blog

So here are what the team have been up to - well done everyone xx

Here is my Mermaid ATC . Used an image and backing paper , also a pice of ribbon some gems and some mirri card .. Hope you like xxxx

Loved making this one!
Began with layer of Cristina Re Luxury Linen Paper
Added clear bubble stickers . Found a mermaid image on clipart ,printed it ,cut out and adhered to ATC. Just sponged the edges with blue .

I used a stamp from the Water Myths and Fantasy set by Non Sequitur, stamped in Versafine Onxy Black. I mounted it onto silver then black card and added Sakura Stardust pen to the tails to give them sparkle and Whisper felt pen to the seaweed fronds.


I have used black card and then mounted a Steampunk Mermaid, the edges have been inked, an image of Steampunk Fish have also been colored with a gold gel pen. To finish off two gold heart gems xx


The mermaid is done with relief outline on acetate. The background is made with gold and snow sparkle embossing powder with black borders and small glitter dots to serve as magic bubbles!

So heres my mermaid, I got her from google, I coloured her with distress inks, made the inky background, embossed over with a vine stamp and then distressed again, added the flower, gems and sentiment

This is a Sweet pea stamp, painted using Distress Inks. You can't really see the glitter properly in the photo, but she sparkles!!!


Here is my mermaid ATC. Used some special sticky balls and covered with acrylic paint and left some clear as air bubbles, used blue veluum for background then variagated the shades with my copics, put some treasure tin that the mermaids had got as well


I fell in loe with this image ! Lots of distress Inks used on this one! Ive put glue gel behind to make it stand out and added some gems .

I Love the mermaid I have used for this atc, cant remember where I got her from though :( I decoupaged her and added a background from my craft studio


  1. OH, BTW...I would LOVE to be on this dt!
    www.anythingbutplainjane . blogspot . com

  2. Oh I would LOVE to be considered to be on this dt! I LOVE ATCs' - tfl! www dot anythingbutplainjane dot blogspot dot com

  3. Hello

    I'm posting a wee link to my blog and would love to be considered for the DT.

    Here it is:



  4. It's a beautifull theme! But just now I have not ATC with mermades, only with fairy tale... May be I will have time to make the new?

  5. Would love to be on the new design team, have dabbled with ATC's but never uploaded them. Would just love to be given a chance to get on a DT basically, got to start somewhere!

    I do have a blog.

  6. Have dabbled with ATC's but never uploaded any. Would just love to be given a chance to show what I can do, even a trial run!

    I do have a blog but for cards ATM!

  7. Wow fabulous atc's by the team, wonderful mermaids and textures, just become a follower of your fantastic blog.
    Hugs Betty x x

  8. I love ATC's and would love to be part of the new DT, there aren't many of my ATCs on my blog, but you'd see my style, I'm happy to email photos of some of my ATC's if you'd like :-) have a great day, I plan on playing along with this one too x Debi x

  9. Came over to pick up new challenge and saw the call for the new team. I would love to be part of your team, I have enjoyed playing here the last few months.
    Look forward to hearing from you--

  10. I have been a fan of ATCs for many years and have made 'crafty' friends through trading them. I would be delighted to join a DT and yours would be perfect. Please have a look through my blog at

    Joanne x

  11. I would like to be considered for your DT... i have been swapping ATC's worldwide since 2002... here is my blog addy so you can see my style... and i shall be back with a mermaid later this week. Many thanks lynx

  12. As others have said, I love making ATC's and would love to be a part of your DT! My blog is
    I'm off to make something mermaid-ey now!

  13. All the samples are fantastic, hope you like my entry.

  14. I'm addicted to ATCs and would love to be your DT. I'm at

  15. Great inspiration!Have uploaded my mermaid for the challenge.I'd love to be part of the design team.I'm at

  16. Thank you for a fun challenge - everyone's ATC's are AMAZING!!!!!