Quite surprisingly, I managed to actually make those ATCs and am pretty happy with them in the end. I decided to use something on every one of them as a sort of unifying element, as they are quite different. I used a little tiny alpha set from an old (blimey – copyright 2005-2007, so quite old) GoGo kit someplace as it added interest without totally obscuring the colourful background.
I’ll start in the lower left, as that was the first one. I used a freebie download of a weightlifter to match the quote. I may still try to find a paintbrush or pen to replace the barbells, but I thought of that after I stuck it down.
The next, uses a Ma Vinci Mona stamp – to reinforce the quote I stamped the image again on black cardstock then embossed it. You can’t see it in the photo but in close up it’s a bit more obvious. While I do like the idea I’m less happy, overall, with this one than the rest.
Then, I did very little to the most vibrant background ’cause I wanted it to be seen. WAY appropriate for me, as I abandon stuff ALL the time LOL! The little scribble circle (no idea what that stamp is, but I like it a lot) is actually stamped after colouring with white Distress Marker. It lifted the colour from the ink quite nicely. Must play with that more.
and finally this one. Again, pretty minimal, focus on the quote. I almost went with JUST the line, but it seemed a bit too minimal:
Now, if you made it this far, a freebie printable and a real departure for me. I know ATCs need to be signed, dated, etc. For the one I sent for the WOYWW swap I just hand wrote my info on the back (and probably left out some standard things, given what I’ve now seen) but didn’t want to do that for every one of them. So I designed my own backers:
And did them in a couple of different colourways:
If you like them, and find them useful, grab the PDF (nine total, three of each colour, one page) here.