Techniques ATC Swap

June 2005

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Many thanks to Yogi Grunwald for scanning and sizing all the images on this page!

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Napkin Art by Anne Atkinson

Separate the three layers of napkins. Iron napkin onto freezer paper Cut out image, glue onto CS or ATC or ? Can be embellished with stamps or whatever Outline artwork with a Gold Krylon Pen Rub clear embossing pad over entire piece Sprinkle with clear UTEP Heat with heat gun for texture

Marbling by Beth Atkins

Shaving Cream Technique by Beth Ann Walker


  • Inexpensive White Shaving Cream
  • Re-inkers or Food Coloring
  • Glossy Photo Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Old Credit Card to be used as a scraper
  • Pointed Object (bamboo skewer, paintbrush handle, toothpick)
  • Newspapers
  1. Layer your area with newspapers to avoid staining.
  2. Lay down a layer of shaving cream onto your cookie sheet. Make it an area large enough to accommodate your paper size. Smaller pieces of paper are more manageable. Cut your 8 ½ x 11 into twos or fours.
  3. Use the credit card to level and smooth the layer of shaving cream.
  4. Drop 2-3 complimentary colors of ink randomly over the surface of your shaving cream. Use the pointed object to stretch out your ink drops into ribbons of color across the shaving cream. Try different patterns…swirls, marbled, criss cross, streaks etc. Be careful not to overdo it as you can easily end up with mud.
  5. Lay your photo paper glossy side down on top of the shaving cream and gently rub the backside so that the surface of the paper comes in contact with the shaving cream in all areas.
  6. Peel back your paper and lay it onto the newspaper.
  7. Using the credit card carefully scrape off the shaving cream in long sweeping strokes. Be aware that the scraping plays a part in the design left on the paper.
  8. Lay on a clean sheet of newspaper and clean up any excess shaving cream with a paper towel. Let dry.
Beeswax Collage by Carolyn Adams
I use a block of natural-colour beeswax and a small travel iron with no steam holes. I melted wax directly onto the soleplate of the iron and applied an even layer of wax to the background paper, then added a torn clipart image and various collage elements including scraps of paper doilies using the same method to build up the layers. The beeswax acts as both glue and sealer. The last step was to buff with a tissue and attach to the atc with PVA glue.
(Visit the byhand Products OCS page for Clover Mini-Irons and Beeswax)
Pearlex and Spray Webbing by Charmaine Stack
Spread thin layer of Perfect Paper Adhesive (matte) over cardstock. Drop three colours of mica pigments (i.e. Pearl Ex) randomly on cardstock and spread with paintbrush or your fingers. Dust off excess. Apply one or two colours of spray web (spray paint in can that comes out in web-like strands) by spraying well above cardstock and letting webbing fall in place. Don't overdo! No need to seal, the PPA seals the pigments to the cardstock.
Surf and Turf by Dale Roberts
Start out with rusted metal (nails wire any metal rusted should do)..water colour paper wet metal on paper let dry remove.. fishing net dipped in water solution of ground earth and oxides spread net on paper - walk on it make print move it around till you get desired design. - add powdered to mix another walk on paper and here it is..
Shadow Faux Batik by Donna Cerny
Stamp a simple image on white or ivory cardstock with clear ink or Versamark. Clear emboss. Restamp image in a dark color from your selected palette, placing it in a slightly different location so that it almost appears to be a shadow. Stipple background with colors of your choice. When finished, buff the card with a soft cloth or tissue so that inks are removed from the embossed area.
Handmade paper/ Dimensional paint ATC technique by Elis Cooke
1. Cut cardboard or bristol board to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2.
2. Attach fragments of handmade paper and/or cast paper with glue. Let dry
3. Draw/doodle or write over the cards with fabric dimensional paint to create raised lines. Let dry.
4. Paint with a layer of black acrylic paint. Let dry.
5. Sponge, stipple and/or brush on acrylic or airbrush metallic paints in various colours. Let dry. (note: Createx has a great line of fluid airbrush acrylics- especially the chameleon/ pearl/ irridescent- much cheaper than Golden too!)
5. Rub on metallic waxes with Q-tip or fingers. Brush lightly to highlight the textures.

Metallic Rub Ons by IreneBazell

Works best on dark card stock. Stamp image w versamark and emboss using clear embossing powder. Using "puffs", rub on coloured metallics.

Northern Lights by Jane Hewitt

  • Pearl-Ex Powdered Pigments-any colour
  • Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) - matte
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Chronolux glossy black cardstock
  • Studio cup
  • Texture Sponge

Mix 1 part Pearl-Ex, 4 parts rubbing alcohol and a drop of PPA in a cup. Mix 2 or 3 separate colours. Apply mixture to card stock using large puddles of colour or a textured sponge. Let dry.


  • Drip or pump a Krylon Leafing Pen (any colour) onto the wet paint.
  • Textured look - place a crumpled piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on wet surface. Weight dow. Let dry before removing
  • Try a different colour of Chromolux

Calligraphy printed with Print Gocco

Fabric and Tyvek Beads by Jane Super
Embellished Fabric, Tyvek, Beads Etc. Paint fabric (upholstery) with puff paint. While wet, use any tool to make a design in the paint. Use heat tool all over. When dry apply acrylic paints to fabric. When dry, cut into ATC size pieces. Paint a sheet of tyvek on both sides that will match painted fabric. When dry apply heat with heat tool. (suggest this be done outside or in a well ventilated area) They tyvek will shrink into very interesting shapes. I cut the tyvek up into small pieces before heating. Sew a piece of tyvek onto fabric, embellish with beads, lumiere paints and charms. Or whatever you wish.

Stitching Technique by Joanne Ross

Place page on top of your card to form a pocket. Holding two pages together punch holes evenly spaced from fold around the bottom and up to the top of the other side. Cut fibre approx. twice the length to be stitched. Thread fibre up through the first hole, leaving 3 in. Tie a knot and wrap thread around page to come up in next hole. Continue to last hole and tie a knot.

Roller Printing by Judy Babbidge
Twinkling H2O's by Julie Benge
Stamp and emboss with detail black
Paint with Twinkling H2O (color with metallic flecks, paints and blends jas as regular watercolors)

Drunken Chalk by Karen McLean
Karen's instructions come from instructions written by Beate Johns on this webpage:
But in case this link disappears!....
Spray Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
Chalk Inks
Metallic Ink
Glossy White Cardstock
Matte Acrylic Sealer

  1. Take the lightest color of Chalk Ink and apply it directly to your Glossy White Cardstock
  2. Repeat with 2 more colours
  3. Spray your cardstock with Rubbing Alcohol until your colors run. Make sure it's completely dry before moving on to the next step
  4. Apply your Metallic Ink directly to the cardstock
  5. Spray your cardstock with rubbing alcohol again until your metallic ink runs
  6. Seal your background with a Matte Acrylic Sealer and finish your card
Easy Paste Paper by Karla Hegemier
Need: Strong art paper like Mohawk or Strathmore
Damp sponge Foam brushes
Premixed wallpaper paste (comes in a paper milk carton)
Acrylic paints (craft acrylics aren’t as vibrant, but work fine)
Plastic containers for mixing
Cup of water
Various tools for decorating; combs, paint tools, stamps, Fiskars brayers, rubber or foam stamps, plastic forks, notched credit cards, anything!
Smooth work surface larger than your paper
Create cups of color. Fill with about a 1/4 cup of wallpaper paste & add drops of acrylic paint to desired color. Use a wet sponge to wipe down your paper. Wipe both sides to extend playing time. Lay out on smooth surface and smooth out air bubbles with damp sponge Brush color(s) on with foam brushes. Drag designs through the paste with your tools. PLAY!!! Gently remove from surface and lay out to dry.
Paste Paper by Kathy Mostardi

Ranger Inks by Kaye Jorgensen

  1. direct-to-paper ranger distress inks on craft teflon paper and dot with reinkers
  2. spritz with water
  3. place cardstock onto it and brayer to transfer in
  4. peel off and iron on the ink side
Polymer Clay by LauraLee
Skeleton Leaves by Lilo Ritter
Credit Card by Linda Cameron
Take an old credit card, or similar type card and squeeze a light colour of acrylic paint onto the edge of the card. Scrape the card down your paper, top to bottom to spread the paint, leaving open areas. Continue with two more colours, each darker than the one before. A metallic colour as a last colour (could be a 4th colour) works very well. Play with it until you get the desired effect. Sometimes I like to go back and put a little light colour over top. Experiment with the direction you are scraping the card, and also try squeezing the paint in a squiggle right on the paper, then scrape with the card (my favourite way). Just be careful that you don't use too much paint!

Transparency Technique by Linda Tanaka
(1st layer) reverse image, print on overhead projection film
(2nd layer) world printed at 75% opacity (lights up colours), world image not reversed, smooth side out forms capsule for sticky print side of overhead film

backbround "hole" allows light to pass through colours to illuminate the "subject" - the disappearing natural world.

Chalk and Saran Wrap by Marg Hubbard
Using a square of scrunched Saran wrap as a sponge, daub chalk ink on ivory cardstock. Color Box chalk pads used on my card and in this order were: warm red, warm violet, burnt sienna and yellow ochre.

Faux Marble by Mary-Beth Janisse

  • White glossy c/s
  • Krylon Gold Leafing pen
  • Adirondack Blending Solution
  • piece of felt or cotton ball

Moisten the cotton ball with Blending solution. Apply a couple of drops of gold leafing ink. Smush the cotton ball over the glossy, refreshing the solution and ink as necessary. Variation - use Tsunieko gold ink and alcohol pads

Faux Petroglyph - Summer by Melissa Hubbard

I used artist's mat board on this. I covered the white side with VersaMagic Aloe Vera, direct to paper. The image was made by melting embossing powder Sea Mist Pearls, by Stamp-n-Stuff, and Pearl Utee. I set this up in Utee Melting pots, and it was much easier than using a cardboard box and little waste of embossing powder. The image was stamped with VersaColor Green Tea. The stamp will slide when it touches the hot Utee , so be ready. Spray with fixative.

Faux Batik by Nadine Wong

This is not a difficult technique but it requires a few steps and alcohol inks.
Stamp a bold image with a clear pigment ink or versa mark ink pad. Apply clear embossing powder and set with heat gun. Paint the image with alcohol inks that have been diluted with water. Do not be afraid to add colour over colour in places. If you are using Adirondack Alcohol inks, any colours work well together.
Iron off embossing powder by placing the image upside down on a paper towel or craft paper and with a hot iron, press image. Repeat ironing several times on a clean piece of paper each time or until the stamp image no longer leaves an embossed residue. Voila.

Crystal Landscape by Nancy Quinn
* wet watercolor paper but do not saturate
* add Pearlescence by the drop, around the paper
* when the colors are melded to your satisfaction, lay plastic wrap on top and SCRUNCH the wrap
* leave this until dry - possibly two days

Silk Fusion by Pat Gurski
Using a window screen material that is not metal,spread the silk fibres in a east-west direction and then in a north-south direction. You should have about 3 or 4 layers. Cover with another piece of window screen. Mix 1/2 tsp. shampoo with 1 litre of water. Use a sponge and wet both sides thoroughly. Use the sponge to wipe as dry as possible. Use a paint brush and brush on both sides a textile medium. Let dry thoroughly. Peel off window screen and then iron with a press cloth. You have a fused silk fabric for book covers or card layering

Alcohol Inks by Ramona Weyde-Ferche

you'll need: Glossy Paper, Alchol Inks (I use Copic Refillers), Spirit
Wet the Paper with Spirit, add some drops of Ink and see what happens :-)

Adirondack Alcohol Inks on Yupo by Rose Davidson
I dropped three colours of the Adirondack Alcohol Inks on a piece of Yupo that had been wet with the blender solution. Drop another drop or two to create patterns as the colours mix. Let dry and stamp with black STAZ-ON and favourite stamp or quote.. I added embellishment ( charm) with Aleen's Thick Designer Tacky Glue....easy peasy

Portfolio Pastels Technique by Suzanne Cannon

Portfolio Pastels are watersoluble oil pastels made by Crayola and not distributed in Canada! (But they are on my website and are either back in stock or will be very soon!) They are very reasonably price and fun to play with! Cut black cardstock into ATC sized pieces.
1. Choose pastel colours that are very light and opaque. Peach and Light Blue worked very well. The yellow colours didn't have the ability to cover very well.
2. Rub a thick coat of pastel onto the card. Do not rub and blend it.
3. Use a large stiff calligraphy dip nib (which will be forever dedicated to Portfolio Pastels….!) - I used a Brause 4 mm to letter onto - or rather to carve into the layer of pastel. Pressure on the nib causes it to split which gives you double-stroke letters with no effort.
4. Now you can go back with other coloured pastels and rub them around the lettering. You can ever do some judicious rubbing over the letters.
5. Warning: There is a temptation to create this wonderful blended background to letter into. If you do that you will find the pastels bond with the paper and you will not be able to see the background paper. The lettering will not show up at all. Darn.
6. Have fun!

Homemade Rub-Ons by Therese Malak
Rubber Cement Resist Background by Tricia True
Water Color Paper
Rubber Cement
Decorating Chalks
Workable Fixatif
Cotton Ball
Getting Started
Drizzle rubber cement on paper in any design you want. Let dry, over night works well.
Use decorative chalks in many colors and go over the entire page. Spray with workable fixatif. Let dry, only takes a few seconds.
Rub the cement off. Voila! An easy background.
I went over a portion of your card again with chalk, coloring the white spaces giving another option.
Transparencies by Vicky Martindale
Starting with a transparency image, you layer it on to a piece of metallic paper or cardstock with Diamond Glaze or Xyron --- some adhesive that dries clear. You can crumple the metallic paper first if you adds more depth to the background. The finished effect will look like a faux tintype photo. The technique works best with a sort of "open" image, not too much detail if it is small. You can further enhance this by adding a top layer of double-stick tape to the image and rolling it in tiny glass beads...great for AB's, layering on cards or on ATC's, decos, etc.

Opalite Infusion by Wendy Klassen
This technique comes from instructions by Kimm Bennington-Thompson on the following website: But in case that link changes, here are the instructions

Supplies: Opalite Interference Pigment Ink pads (or Pearlex Pads interference colors)
Staz-On Ink pad- black
2 or 3 colors dye ink pads in one color family
Stamps- a bold or broad surface stamp and coordinating stamps of your choice clean sponges heat gun
Step 1 Stamp your images on white or vanilla cardstock with Staz-On black and allow to set for 2-3 min. (Regular dye ink will smear through the infusion process.) Using some bolder or broad surface stamps with black ink will give you the best results as they will reflect more color.
Step 2: Choose your color theme (blues, reds, or greens ect.) and matching Opalite pad. Here I am using the Glacier Blue with my blue theme. With your Opalite pad completely coat the surface of your cardstock pressing your inkpad directly to paper. You may not see the interference quality until you tilt the card in light.
Step 3: Beginning with your lightest dye ink color, sponge your color onto your cardstock with small circular motions. You are rubbing the color in over your opalite layer. Your colors will blend smoothly.
Step 4: With your medium color dye ink, repeat step 3 coating different areas of your image you want to highlight. Repeat this process with your darkest dye ink color blending into your images as you go.
Step 5: Allow your dye inks to settle in (or dry with heat gun). Coat the entire surface of your cardstock again with your Opalite pad applying the inkpad directly to paper. You wont need to rub the color in as much as in step 2... lightly press the inkpad on the surface. Allow to dry or heat set. Assemble and embellish card as desired. The reflective quality of the Opalite pads will show up most on your bolder black images.

Tissue Paper Technique & Heart Embellishment by Yogi Grunwald

Supplies: Tissue paper
Any Cardstock (I used white value pack)
Plastic Wrap (I used Saran wrap)
Tsukineko Opalite Stamp Pads
Ranger Distress Stamp Pads
Protect your surface and your iron (I used my melt art craft mat and foil for my iron) Place cardstock on mat, layer with plastic wrap approx ½ " larger on all sides over your cardstock, crumple a piece of tissue paper and then open and lay on top of the plastic wrap. Smooth out the tissue paper slightly. Place a piece of foil on top. Have your iron (DRY no steam) on a cotton setting (high). Put your iron on one corner and let sit approx 10 seconds. Lift your iron about a ¼ " off the paper and move it to a new spot (this allows creases to remain while moving larger folds out of the way.) Continue in this manner until all areas have been ironed down. Let cool for a few seconds before lifting. Look to see if any areas need more ironing. I then swiped my opalite over the full surface and then gently touched my distress ink on the creases. I went back to the iron - plain newsprint on table surface then my cardstock then my melt art mat, which protected my iron. I ironed the cardstock, which helped set the inks. NOTE: If any areas continue not to stick down just put a dab of white glue between the laryers.
SAMPLES: 1) Tissue Bright Yellow - Distress "Mustard Seed"
2) Tissue Red - Opalite "Goldmist" - Distress "Red Brick"
3) Tissue Light Blue - Opalite "Nordic Ice" - Distress "Weathered Wood"
4) Tissue Med. Mauve - Opalite ' "Orchid Ice" Distress "Mulled Lavender, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick"
5) Tissue Dark Blue - Opalite "Crystal Blush" - Distress "Vintage Photo"
6) Tissue Deep Pink - Opalite "Crystal Blush" - Distress "Mulled Lavender, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick"
7) Tissue Light Pink - Distress " Tattered Rose"
8) Tissue Deep Green - Opalite "Cypress Frost" - Distress "Peeled Paint"
9) Tissue Light Aqua - Opalite Nordic Ice" - Distress "Weathered Wood"
10) Tissue Orange - Opalite "Goldmist" - Distress "Vintage Photo & Red Brick"
11) Tissue Pale Peach - Distress "Tea Dye"

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