Sunday, August 14, 2011

My entries for ATC Creative Swaps - August Theme "I AM"

For my second art challenge I registered for the Creative Swaps ATC - August theme "I AM". This is my first ATC swap and I am so excited!! I think I am finished with my entries (see image below). I figure I'll let it sit on my art table until Friday and if it calls to be altered or edited I will do so if not it will be mailed out as is so I can make the Sept. 3rd deadline.

 Mixed-media ATCs for Creative Swaps (August - "I AM") 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
The August theme is "I AM". I started off exploring what I had to use in my stash and scraps bags/boxes where I found the cute chipboard letters, and text. For my background I used old library index cards (purchased at the Lancaster Creative Reuse) cut down to size, stamped different winged animal images (humming bird, owl, and butterfly) using archival black ink, then just started playing with my ink pads and finished off by adding pink chalked heart rubber stamps all over.

Exploring design ideas for my ATC cards for the August swap.

I allowed the ATCs to sit like that for a couple of days before I added the chipboard letters and corresponding small text underneath. I then added the "I AM" on the top using rub-on letters, allowed them to sit again for  some days and then tonight I found some small images that helped me finish off the ATCs.

Each ATC color scheme was inspired by the small color image above it.

The small images above each ATC were there to help me with the color scheme and harmony so I had some direction. You can see what type of color mood I was aiming for within each ATC. What do you think - did I match the ATC to the small inspiration image? I finished off by adding the words "be yourself" on top of the "I AM" as a subtitle to the main theme. It fit for me since that's what I aim for - to be myself; whatever that happens to be;-) 

I think they are finished but like I said I'll keep them on my work table and wait until Friday to mail them out for the swap - just in case I find something that MUST be ADDED to each ATC before mailing... although I like how they are I don't want to overload them with too much stuff. What do you think?


FYI: Starting tomorrow, August 15th, I will be starting a new art challenge - the Big Idea Festival (check it out) at Big Picture Classes website. It's FREE and self paced ;-) Of course I'll share and post my progress along the way. Let me know if you sign up and I'll follow your progress too;-) Can't wait!

I can finally post the ATC card I made especially for Lenna. Thanks Lenna for your personal emails and comments on my blog site.

"I am on a journey"
ATC 2.5 x 3.5 inches mixed media


  1. Sandra--I love this, and I what a very excellent idea--using those inspiration images for color--this worked out perfectly!

  2. @Diane
    Thanks Diane, I needed some structure - I felt like a kid in a candy store with too many choices.
    I just created a couple of more fun things this morning - I'll post images later tonight.

  3. Wow! Great job Sandra! I love each one. You matched them up wonderfully!

  4. Thanks, I finished your ATC this afternoon, it will go out in the mail this Friday. Hope you like it I had fun creating it.

  5. Sandra, how refreshing your ATCs are! i love what you have done ; ) Very unique and very you, I think. I have added your blog to the creative swaps recent participants list and so look forward to receiving and sharing these there. Thank you! lenna

  6. @Lenna Young Andrews
    Thanks! I'm still trying to find "my style" but the text was calling to me to be played with. I find that I like to work with a lot of texture and 3D embellishments must be my architectural background trying to come through - I went to Penn State for Archtitecture Design for three years before changing my major to Integrative Art - Sociology in my last year and half. I guess we don't ever lose what brought us happiness in our youth - I loved building forms.

  7. So lovely you added the ATC you made for me, thank you Sandra! I really like it and it definitely speaks to me. I am also quite impressed by all your responses and pages made for the summer class at Big Picture. Wonderfully inspiring!



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