ATC – The Cat’s Meow – 7 ways in 7 days- Day 1

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ATC = Artist Trading Card

You may have seen a recent blog post announcing an ATC swap … and possibly you were intrigued, but not exactly sure how to make an ATC.  Any excuse for me to create a new 7 ways in 7 days series, and I was on that straight away!  Every day this week there will be a different ATC project, and the set I’m featuring on all projects is The Cat’s Meow (Mama Elephant).

If you’re not interested in ATC’s, stick with me, because these ideas and techniques can be used for card making as well!

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Given that Mama Elephant has The Dog’s Woof and just released The Bunny’s Hop (due in store any day now!), I thought I would use the set that started it all … The Cat’s Meow.  This set has an awesome multi-kitty border, as well as some individual kitties and a whole lot of accessories.  It’s a fun set, and in this series I will show you 7 different ways that you can use it.  Today’s technique is emboss resist, using Distress Oxide inks, home-made shimmer spray, and just a teensy bit of Copic colouring.

I have started with a base of watercolour paper, cut 2.5″ x 3.5″, as this is the standard size for an ATC.  You can see the whole project, step by step, in the video below.

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Stamps – The Cat’s Meow, Mama Elephant
Watercolour paper
XPress It Blending card
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Ranger Archial Jet Black ink pad
Distress Ink Oxide, Seedless Preserves
Distress Ink Oxide, Picked Raspberry
Distress Ink, Clear Embossing
Mini Misti stamping tool and/or Acrylic block
Tombow Monoadhesive liquid glue
White embossing powder
Heat tool
Mini mister spray bottle with water
Perfect Pearls powder, Perfect Pearl
Sticky notes
Copic markers
Cat – E11, E13, E15, R32
Sign – E21, E23, E25
Hat – C1, C3, C5, C7

In conjunction with The Frolicking Fairy, I am hosting ATC swaps.  Marcia is the host for the USA, and I am the host in Australia.  This months theme is ‘Anything Goes’, which means the colours, theme, stamp brand, techniques, etc are totally up to you!  If you want to read more about the current swap, you can CLICK HERE for the blog post.  It is due 16th March, and I am accepting late signups through to the end of this week (Sun 25th Feb).  You’ll find a link to the sign up form at the end of the ATC swap blog post.

Without further ado … it’s time for the show!

I hope you enjoyed this first project, and look forward to seeing you for Day 2 of this seven part series tomorrow.

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