ATC Play


I am re-visiting something I did a while back, using inks and stamps of Tee Shirt Transfer paper, as one of my (many) experiments in preparation for the WOYWW anniversary ATC swap.  I am hoping that whoever ends up above me (or is it below me? DOH!) on the list will not see this, or if they do they will at least know this is only one of the things I am playing with and it is by no means my final design – or, in fact, if I will offer all my experiments as available for swapping.  I just don;t know at this point.  I may make a handful of one design and offer them, I may just make one (I did that last year) as I have been testing out LOADS of ideas, some which ended up in final ATCs, some which were only good for the bin.  In any case it’s still more than a week away so plenty of time to try out one or two more ideas.  But I must say I DO like this one a lot.

Using my all time favourite image from The Graphics Fairy, and gosh, I forget, but I think I DID use her last year too, so if I used her AGAIN, it would become a trend/ritual/habit, which I am not opposed to.  The whole POINT of WOYWW is to look at desks all across the world and see what others are working on.  So the Quirky Lady seems entirely appropriate, given that she is looking across a great distance at SOMETHING interesting.

Anyway, what I did was printed the lady on to Tee shirt Transfer paper.  This version is one where you iron it on flipped, so all text needs to be reversed to read right.  The superimposed image is actually a mask.


I started by smudging my Distress Ink on the background, using the mask to keep the lady white.


With the mask still in place I stamped, with Archival ink, on the background.


It will become clear the photos don’t show my final ATC because I ended up not liking the font I picked for the text.  It was not readable enough in such a small size.

Once I had decorated the whole bit of transfer paper, and I ended up with a piece that was about 2 x 3, so just smaller than an ATC sized card, I ironed it on to the fabric.  I glued THAT to the ATC blank and stitched around the main block.


Because the fabric I was using was very loosely woven, the edges, even with the glue, dis fray a bit,  so it was, as it so often is, Washi Tape to the rescue! I think it finished it off nicely.


I hope you can see the texture of the fabric and the stitching in this photo.


The only thing that I am not totally happy with is THIS tee-shirt transfer paper allowed too much of the fabric colour to show thru.  She has a slightly sickly green complexion, where the  other paper I have, where you peel off the transfer and iron it on, right way round, comes out with true WHITE where I masked.  Not sure if I will try other fabric or not.  White fabric will still show all the inking and stamping while leaving the lady white, so I will have to play around a bit more then decide.

Noted: It seems I never shared my ATC from last year, I left it up to the person I sent it to for the swap to do it, so until I figure out who that was and check HER blog I won’t know.  DOH!

9 thoughts on “ATC Play

  1. Just wondering the name of the font you used? Great ATC!

  2. Wow! That ATC is grrrrreat!
    Cheers, found you on WOYWW.

  3. Outstanding ATC..thank you for sharing it and your process!

  4. Wow these atc’s are fantastic and anyone receiving them will be tickled pink.


  5. OMG I truly am at a loss for the words! What a brilliant image for the ATC and oh my as usual, you put so much into it. I’m over thinking mine and am back at square one, so I tell you – it’s FAB to see such a great idea in the works!

  6. Love your ATC blog…..I’ve never got into this but you certainly have inspired me to have a go 🙂
    Look forward to seeing your next WOYWW!
    Dawn #124

  7. Fabulous ATC….will need to stalk you on the morning 🙂

    Love the font you used. Can I ask what it is and how you transferred it to the transfer paper?


    • The font is called Crackin

      The exact process was
      – to print the graphic on to the tee shirt transfer paper. I forget if I reversed the image or not – for me, it works either way so I may not have 🙂
      -mask the image and colour the rest of the tee shirt transfer paper with Distress ink
      -stamp with Archival ink, keeping the image masked (only colour choice dictated Archival ink. DI works fine, as does stamping with Distress Stain Picket fence if you want it white, for example.
      – cut the tee shirt paper to size.
      – print the text, reversed, onto plain printer paper, away from the edge.
      – stick the transfer paper to the plain paper with temporary adhesive, over where the text is. Do the whole back, or at the very least the top edge and bottom edge, to make sure it doesn’t peel loose when you…
      -print just the text onto the transfer paper

      Then just put it, image down, on the fabric and iron it on. It will depend on what KIND or transfer paper you use as to how you have to do it. Read the instructions! I have one type of paper where you peel OFF the transfer material, place it face UP on the fabric and iron it on, but I suspect that kind is pretty unique (?) – obviously for THAT you would NOT reverse the text 🙂

      This post might help

      and this one


      Mary Anne

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