I joined another ATC swap. This time it's for the Gecko Galz Ephemera Emporium Crafting Challenges Yahoo Group. There are eleven of us swapping.
Penny asked us to make an ATC that represented us as an artist. She mentioned that she uses ATCs as business cards (ATCs are Artist Trading Cards--always traded, never sold). This got me thinking about making an ATC that really was a business card.
(If you'd like to see a larger version, just click on the photo.)
Because this was for a Gecko Galz group, I decided to incorporate what Gecko Galz is all about--digital images. Then I decided not to reinvent the wheel.
Since I'm on the Gecko Galz design team, I already had made a special banner for my gallery of projects at the Gecko Galz website. It consists of three Gecko Galz images (from the collage sheets: A Rose is a Rose; Edwardian Beauties; Pretty Little Butterflies) which I cut, resized and layered onto each other using my Photo Shop Elements (PSE) software. I then added text--my name. YAY---doing a happy dance when I realize the front is already done! Details on my banner are posted HERE.
For the back--the business card portion, I took the lovely Gecko Galz 2013 design team badge that had been designed for us and used my software to erase the design team info and replace it with my personal info.
Using PSE, I hit the "print multiple copies" and chose the option, eight 3-1/2' x 2-1/2" (perfect ATC size--another YAY!).
I printed the back business card on blue paper and cut it to ATC size. Because I wanted some "hand-craftiness" on these ATCs, I printed the front on matte photo paper and then fussy cut around each frame. I decided to double mat--first on black for a striking contrast, and then onto the blue to pick up the color of the flowers. The double mats and the pearl embellies are for the ATC swap. I'd use a simpler version for actual business cards. And I would not use the Gecko Galz' design team logo for the business card side.
Since this ATC is to represent my artistic style, I would have to say that the vintage image, as well as the layering and fussy cutting, represents my style.
And vintage it is as I'm quickly approaching another birthday. I told myself when I got to my birthday month, I'd change the blog background and header to The Birthday Girl, free from Vintage Made For You. So you aren't imagining things--I did change the blog look.
And I had a great early birthday surprise, yesterday and today on the Gecko Galz site, my Queen of Spring tag, from a couple of posts ago here was featured as the Design of the Day.
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