Friday, September 17, 2010

ATC Swap and H2H challenge

I am in an ATC (artist's trading card) swap with the theme of Home Sweet Home.  I am in 3 groups and so made 3 different designs.  I also felt they qualified for the Heart 2 Heart challenge of making a sentiment a focal point.  You can see the great entries at 

The first card used Close To My Heart cardstock that I used a Tim Holtz Cuttlebug folder to emboss in "bricks".  I sanded it to bring out the texture.  I combined the word and the house in my Cricut Design Studio and cut with my Cricut with White Daisy CTMH cardstock.  I then sponged Topiary and Moonlight inks over the cut out.  It's finished off with a heart crystal.

The center one is my fave.  I grew up in church so it has always felt like home to me.  I again started with CTMH cardstock in Holiday red.  I embossed a line around all four edges and used a nail file to bring out the white lines and distressing.  To mimic stitching, I ran the cards through my mini sewing machine (NO thread) to punch the holes on the white lines.  Enlarge the photo to see the detail.  I used CTMH Cranberry ink to stamp the flourishes from the CTMH Timeless stamp set.  The church was cut with my Cricut and then pressed into a Versamark ink pad and embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  The heart was cut with the Cricut as well and adhered to the church and covered in CTMH Liquid Glass.  The sentiment is from the CTMH Treasures of the Heart stamp set-stamped in our Colonial White pigment ink and embossed with clear emb. powder.

Finally, the 3rd card also is from CTMH cardstock sponged with a little Moonlight ink.The sentiment is actually 2 different stamps from 2 different sets.  I cut the "treasure" off a phrase in the A Tweet set and used "family" from the July Word Puzzle set.  The bird ( I know, I use it ALL the time) was cut with my Cuttlebug and a Tim Holtz die.  I sponged it in Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue and Moonstruck CTMH inks. The nest was stamped in Brown Bag and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The stamp is from a CTMH stamp set but not sure of the name.  I colored the eggs with a Copic marker and covered in Liquid Glass.  The branches and flowers were stamped using the A Tweet stamp set.  Flowers-Hydrangea, branch in Brown Bag and leaves colored in with Copic marker.  I used a pop dot to adhere the wing and the nest to give it a little depth.

Thanks for looking!  Let me know which is your favorite!


  1. What lovely ATCs, Belinda!! It's hard to pick a favourite, but I'd have to choose the third one - with the bird. It's beautiful. I think I'm most impressed with the second one though. I love that "pretend" stitching, and I love the way you did the sentiment. Plus, I really like that sentiment too! I've never seen the brick embossing folder used in the first one either. I love that! Thanks for the sneak peeks!

  2. Beautiful! Love all the bling and the special detail on each card, I can see that you put a lot of work into these and it shows! A wonderful mix of patterns and colors, thanks for playing along with us at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

  3. Great ATC's. Thanks for playing along with H2H.

  4. These are great, I love all things little-they are so cute! Thanks so much for playing along with us at H2H!