Do you know the difference between ATC, ACEO, and art cards? Lemme tell you my take on all of it. ATC is short for "Artist Trading Card". The creation of an ATC has to follow a size rule: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". An ATC isn't for sale, rather made for trading with other artists. It's a great way to collect and share original art!
ACEO is "Art Card, Editions and Originals". Yes, that's a mouthful! ACEOs follow the same size rule but are traditionally the sellable version of an ATC. They can be original works or numbered limited editions.
An art card is basically an ACEO. I'm just not fancy enough to use ACEO, y'know?
I cut paper for the front and back sides to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Using the last bits of a glue medium I painted it onto the chipboard and added the paper. Not shown is my brayer -- I rolled it on to smooth out the glue clumps. You can also use a ruler or anything that will flatten out the paper if needed.
Next, I used the Postage Frames to give dimension to the spooky stamps.
And that's it! These were quick projects to make and look neat as a set. Here's a view of the back sides.
Hi creepy crafty friends! I'm getting ready to do a Halloween table at my local 3rd Friday and have a new bit of tabletop decor to share with you. Well, new-to-you, anyway. I found the blank tombstone at a box store last year and promptly made this guy. I went back and bought a handful (or two) more to make a whole cemetery but this is the only one I have so far... Best laid plans and all!
Here's the other side!
The tombstones are wood and stand 17cm x 12cm (6 1/2" x 4 1/2"). Fun!
The artist trading block set comes in a package of three graduated sizes. They are pre-scored and easy to bed into place.
I used clamps to hold each section together while the glue set. You can see in some of these photos that I punched a hole in the front panel of each. I was considering knobs or some such embellishment and wanted to have the hole available. I didn't end up using the holes and the paper covered them nicely.
Once the sides and bottom were dry, I cut a strip of paper to wrap around. Using a pencil and scoring tool I prepared the paper. Scoring makes nice corners but isn't critical -- you can easily just use fingers to wrap the paper closely around the corners.
I glued one panel at a time, using the brayer to flatten the glue as much as possible under the paper. You can also mix your glue with a tiny amount of water and brush it onto the box.
You can see I've cut out my bottom panel. I set the box on top of paper and traced around, then tweaked as needed with a paper trimmer.
The top was traced and tweaked also. By this time I knew I wasn't going to use the front holes so I could seal the box up. I started with the front flap, then glued the paper to the top of the box.
One that dried I glued the front flap of each box, using a weight to hold it down while the glue set up.
The next day I decorated with Dresden trim to disguise most of the joints between different paper pieces.
This is a cute set! I'm looking forward to making a set with Christmas paper, too.
Hello creative friends! Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm sharing a mixed media art project borne of current news topics as well as individual experiences many of us have endured. This is a personal piece for me.
Here are photos of the shrine without blurred words. As I said, this project reflects my own inner turmoil. I edited some of the more derogatory words in the photo above with respect to GSL customers who may be shocked seeing them. Even blurred, I believe the message is clear.