Monday, 22 March 2010

How I made .......

Ok, as promised, here are some steps and pics to show how I created the "Fill Each Day with Joy" ATC.  It's not exactly the same, because I'd run out of the background sheet I used in the original design (in a previous post), but it will show the process that I used to make it.

Items you will need to create a similar ATC are - Card 2.5" x 3.5" for base; decorative paper with words (eg from Crafty Individuals 'Trees' or 'Springtime' books); a strip of music sheet paper; double-sided tape; glue stick; Archival ink - Plum; Bird and Word stamps; glitter or paper flower; eyelet; ribbon & fibre; permanet black pen (I used a Copic Multiliner); silver Krylon pen; and glue dot.

Step 1: Cover the ATC card with decorative paper (in landscape view) - try to use paper with with little words or phrases on it and position the text you like on the right-hand side of the card.

Step 2: Using plum Archival ink, stamp your chosen "bird" image along the bottom left-hand side of the card, making sure not to stamp over the text you've selected.

Step 3: Tear a thin strip of music sheet paper and glue to the top left-hand corner of the card.

Step 4: Stamp a word phrase with the plum ink in the right-hand corner of the card.

Step 5: Edge the card with a silver Krylon pen and use a glue dot to adhere a glitter flower to the bottom right corner of the ATC (you could use a paper flower with a self-adhesive gemstone in the centre if you prefer).

Step 6: Punch an eyelet into the top left of the card and tie through with a selection of ribbons and fibres.

Step 7: Finally, add extra musical notes all over the ATC, using a permanent black pen .... and here is the finished card.

"Springtime Joy"

I hope this gives you some ideas for creating your own ATCs, using simple paper, ink, stamps and embellishments - if you come up with your own version of this card, I'd love to see what you do!  I've also got some instructions for recreating the "Nature's Beauty" ATC (see previous post), but need to retake the finished photo of it, so I'll save it for another day.


  1. Gorgeous Atc & lovely to see how it was made. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Thanks for the techniques Heather. Now how about some chunky book page ones???!!! XX
    XXX Mia

  3. Gorgeous ATC Heather, thanks for the tips. Love the stamps you have used - and I'm also a bit of a Crafty Individuals girl too! Love S xxx