Friday, May 9, 2014

Scraps and ATCs

More treasures from my box of scraps, that magical pile from my box of things just waiting to happen! Like my inchie project, these all came to be from pieces of not quite good enough at the time, or maybe just not quite the right color, etc. Now look at them! It's about time I replenished my ATCs (artist trading cards). I only ever seem to have one or two at a time and of course I want to give away two or three so I never quite have enough. Plus, I need to stock up for my Zentangle® CZT seminar later this summer! I know I'll meet lots of people to trade with!
For me, what helped the most to turn the scraps into art is having a template "frame" so that I can see exactly where the ATC would look best from the scrap piece and then cut. Sometimes some additional drawing, stamping, or inking etc was needed to complete the card. Other times nothing else was needed.
Most of the images here are stamped, one photograph of my hand drawn mandala and of course tangles that I've drawn. Stamped images include Single Iris by Penny Black, Poetic Prints Pastel Petals by Hero Arts, Fresh Bloom by Stampendous, Hello, Doily by Stampin Up, Pink Gerbera Daisy and Upsy Daisy by Inkadinkado, and Columbines from Stampa Rosa.
And check out this little gem. My local zentangle instructor, BJ Thompson, suggested a photo cube to display my zentangle tiles. I was looking for one when I found this acrylic "Photo Pen Cup". The ATCs fit perfectly around the sides. There's not quite enough room inside for me to completely fill the space, but I can stack several diagonally. Still looking for the photo cube.
For The Diva Challenge this week, I'm not quite sure if it's a new tangle or a variation of Tink. But be sure to check out the other examples!


  1. your tangel is really nice , is that water colour ?

  2. Nice ATCs. Like how the tangle is peeking from behind the stamps. Have fun at your CZT training. It is a great experience.

  3. How absolutely gorgeous, Betsy! SO inspiring've set my mind whirring. Axxx

  4. You have been busy and achieved great results.

  5. Wonderful ATC´s! Great idea to combine different techniques! Very nicely done!