Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ATC Holder Tutorial

I haven't done a tutorial in like forever, but someone asked me to show off my ATC holder that I send my swap cards in.  So, I made a pdf with pictures and step-by-step instructions to show how to make them.  If you would like a pdf version of this e-mail me at tlsexton1969@gmail.com and I will gladly send you one.

I use them over and over again and like how they fit right inside a legal size envelope.

Artist Trading Card (ATC) Holder
© Copyright Tammy L. Sexton 2012

What you will need:
·         Scoring Board with Scoring Tool
·         Ruler
·         8.5” x 11” Piece of Card Stock
·         Pencil
·         Stapler
·         Tape
·         ATC (2.5” x 3.5”)
Step 1: Lay the 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock on the scoring board landscape and put the ATC to the farthest left side. Make a mark with the pencil at 2.75” for the first score line.
Step 2: Move the ATC to just right of the first score line and make a mark with the pencil at 5.5”. This is the second score line.
Step 3: Move the ATC to just right of the second score line, lay the ATC landscape, and make a mark with the pencil at 9.25”. This is the third score line.

Step 4: Take the scoring tool and score the card stock at each mark previously made.

Step 5: Fold the paper at each score line, so that there is a flap on both ends.

Step 6: Tape the outer side of each of the flaps.
Step 7: Place the ATC in the folded and taped side that is shorter than the other side and staple just to the right of the ATC.
Step 8: Place the ATC in the other folded and taped side that is shorter than the other side and staple just to the left of the ATC.
Final Step: Once all of the ATCs are in the holder, simply fold the holder in half and insert into any standard size legal envelope.

Tip: You can use this holder for ATC swaps or personal trades.  I put a label, SASE, and/or postage in the middle before I put it in the envelope to mail out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tim Burton Fairytale Characters

I'm still going to add some final touches to Hansel & Gretel, but for the most part their done. I'm excited about Tim Burton doing Pinocchio; he also wants Robert Downey Jr. to play Gepetto.

Hand drawn and colored by me for the Tim Burton Fairytale Characters Swap!

1. Pinocchio
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. Hansel
4. Gretel

Monday, September 10, 2012

Halloween Accordion Scene

This is the scene I made from the original post of just one Halloween arch.  I finished this last night and am really happy with how it turned out. I made "hinges" out of card stock and rotated them so the scene would open up accordion style.  I am thinking about starting a swap for this type of scene.

I have some other arches in various themes that I didn't want to punch holes in and am thinking about doing this to those as well, so I can enjoy them by setting them out around the house.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

2nd Annual Halloween Fun Swap

I usually only do hand drawn/hand painted swaps, but I love Halloween so much I decided to do the 2nd Annual Halloween Fun Swap over at ATCs for All!  I found a stash of fun Halloween pieces and came up with these four cards for the swap.  I am now going to make some more to add to my collection.

Then I found an arch laying around, so I used some of those Halloween pieces and made this "Gone Haunting" Halloween Arch.  I am thinking about making two more and hinging them together for an accordion type scene to put out for the holiday with the rest of my decorations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trudy Disturbed

So, last year I did a Halloween Art Doll swap and I loved my dolls so much it was hard to part with them.  This year I'm going back and making ATCs based on the dolls.  This one was one of my favorites and her name is Trudy Disturbed.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Halloween Cats

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  I'm not sure if it is the mystic of the holiday, the colors, or the general vibe, but I LOVE it!  These ATCs were all hand drawn and colored using various types of markers and pens and are for the Halloween Cats Swap over at ATCs for All!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

More Fiendish HELLoween PAT Swap Art

Here are yet some more Pick-A-Theme (PAT) swap art that I have done for ATCs for All!  This one is called Fiendish HELLoween. 

I used my new Sakura Glaze pens on three of them.  I am so addicted to these pens.

locatry: Ghost Stories
TF Balding: Helloween Party Recipes
ArtDuJunque: Tim Burton Stripey Creepy
cRude hArt: Skulls

Day-of-the-Dead Skull Brides

I bought these Glaze pens from Sakura and am totally addicted to them.  Aside from the fun texture when they dry; they just add a whole new dimension to my artwork.  I did these three DOD Skull Brides and think they turned out rather beautiful.  I haven't put them up for trade yet, because I am too busy enjoying running my fingers over all of the bumps!

With Halloween and Day-of-the-Dead approaching I am in the spirit of making spirits and other ghoulish art.


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