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18 October 2008

Penny Black 19

Today’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Challenge 19 – Artist Trading Card(ATC)… the rules for this challenge are to use ATC measurements 2.5 x 3.5 inches, can be made Portrait or Landscape, and must contain at least one Penny Black image.

When I first saw this challenge listed I wasn’t all that sure about making an Artist Trading Card. Since I have never made one I was clueless about them… I didn’t know the size, if they had a fold, or if they could have layers. To be honest, whenever an ATC swap would come about I would avoid them because I just didn’t understand what the big deal was with them. I knew that ATC’s are very popular to trade but I just didn’t get the whole craze of collecting these little 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards.

I have to give a big thank you to the ladies of the Stampers Unite Yahoo Group for helping me see the light about ATCs and for providing the measurements and templates for getting the most ATCs out of a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Now that I made my first ATC, I can understand why these little beauties are so fun to make and collect. I will longer avoid ATC swaps.

Since the images in the Penny Black Transparent sets are smaller than the original wood mount images most of them are the perfect size for ATCs. I used the image Marching Mouse from the Critter Party Transparent set. I did discover that the smaller images are a bit tougher to color using Prismacolor Pencils (blended with Gamsol). I had difficulties blending the small areas because my blending stump wasn’t very pointy. I’m glad I gave ATCs a try and I’m looking forward to making more.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Marching Mouse from Critter Party (Transparent – Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Taffy (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Petal Patch (SU) ~ Other: Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Bitty Brads (CTMH), Paper Flowers (CTMH), Nestabilities Oval & Scallop Dies, Fiskars Scallop Blade, Sandpaper, Gamsol, Prismacolor Pencils


  1. aww! that is just darling!!!
    Tracey (Racey)

  2. wow you wouldnt think this is the first one you have made its gorgeous i love all the detail and the very cute little mouse. great work
    hope you are having a lovely weekend
    Tracy x

  3. Another sweetie!!! I love those little critters!

  4. Jovi, Your first ATC is just adorable sweetheart! I knew you could do it! You are so talented and these PB stamps are perfect for it! Now we should have a swap on SUG! Hugs Lori

  5. This is a beautiful ATC, love the image and the papers you used.

  6. Jovi what a cute ATC. You did awesome!! I'm a collector of ATC's and love making them...Lori's right we should have a swap on SUG!
    Hugs, Judy

  7. Aww, this is so sweet! I love the layout you've used, have a great week! xx

  8. Beautiful ATC, the composition is perfect and I love the image

  9. This is awesome hun cant belive its your first well done xxxxxxx

  10. ATC's are harder than they look for me. I just found some ATC's from a SCS House Mouse ATC swap I did a year or so ago and was thinking of making them into full cards now...!
    Cute PB ATC Jovi!

  11. this is so cute! love your layout, good job

  12. Beautiful card!!! Love it!!! Kisses from México!

  13. this is gorgeous Jovi for your first ATC...I am a first timer too and it's great fun

  14. Love your ATC - such a cute image and the layout is fab!


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