Friday, March 30, 2012

ATC Love

I love making ATCs. They go together quick, use minimal supplies and let you try out new techniques. I make them for myself, for my friends and am always willing to trade with artists around the world.

I'd like to show you how to make this fun little ATC that was featured in the January issue of Scrapbook News and Review



Watercolor Paper

Watercolor Crayons


Book Text

Black Marker

Water in a Spray Bottle

Step One: Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 2.50 x 3.50 inches.

Place tape randomly over the paper.


Step Two: Along the middle and lower portion of the card color with 2 different blue watercolor crayons.


Step Three: Spritz the card with water to move the color around. Hold the card vertically to let some drip down and off the card. Use a wet paintbrush to spread the color more. Dry.


Step Four: Taking a red watercolor crayon color heavily along the top half of the card.


Step Five: Spritz again with water to spread the color. Hold vertically to cause more dripping. Dry.


Step Six: Taking a black watercolor crayon draw a thin line all around the edge of the card. Use a barely wet paintbrush to pull the color in slightly towards the center of the card. Dry


Step Seven: Cut a heart from a piece of book text and adhere to the card.


Step Eight: Outline the heart with a black watercolor crayon. Soften the line with a wet paintbrush.


Step Nine: Taking a black pen draw a free hand heart along the inside of the book text heart. Feel free to double up or add more doodles.

Write the word Love in lower left corner.


Love by Christy Butters Supplies Watercolor Paper: Fabriano; Watercolor Crayons: Caran D’Arche; Pen: American Crafts; Other: Tape, book text


ATCs are such fun little pieces of art. I hope this quick tutorial inspires you to try and create one for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Unknown said...

i jsut LOVE this Christy! thanks for posting the instructions ;;)

Kay Wallace said...

Thanks for re-awakening my love of ATCs! Appreciate the wake-up call!

Unknown said...

I know this was posted four years ago, but could you let me know what kind of tape you used? I've never seen clear tape with a design on it like you used. Thank you!

elenor said...

Thanks for this great tutorial. I hope to try this very soon!
Happy New Year 2017!