One of my favorite stamp companies is 'Crafty Secrets'. They have a complete line of stamps, papers, stickers, etc., using vintage images. Well I love everything old, vintage, antiquey-looking, so I'm mad for anything made by 'Crafty Secrets'. Anyhow, on Splitcoaststampers.com they have a weekly Crafty Secrets challenge where you make a project using Crafty Secrets products. This weeks challenge was to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card) Card. Well I've seen ATC cards before, but I always thought they were kinda silly because I didn't know what I'd do with it after I made it, so I never made one before. In case you've never heard of an ATC card before, its basically a trading card (like baseball cards) for stampers. It has to be only 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, and it DOES NOT open up like a normal card would. The other requirement of the challenge was to use three things in your card beginning with the letter 'P'. I used 'Pink', 'Piercing', and a 'Punch'. All the images are from the stamp set 'Cherish', THE most beautiful romantic/wedding stamp set I've ever seen! I colored the heart with copic markers, applied versamark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder, heat set it, and cut it out. The background is pierced then stamped with a scroll image from the set, then sponged with chalk and white ink. I used the 'Ticket Corner' punch from Stampin Up!. I added two different types of ribbon, and adhesive pearls and rhinestone. The heart is mounted up on dimensionals.
I wish you all could see this card in real life. I had such a hard time getting a good photo of it. Its much prettier than the photo makes it out to be.
As for what I'll do with this ATC Card, I think I'll sneak this little guy into my hubby's lunchbox sometime. He always has such a difficult time at work with co-workers being rude to him. It'll be a nice reminder of what really counts: The love of your family.