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Monday, December 7

Bad Girls Project 52's New Fun ATC Challenge

I'm coming up for air briefly between assignments!!!

Our new challenge is Mixed Media ATC's. This is just the right project to fit in during the holiday season to win a Bad Girls Shoppe Gift Card and treat yourself this Christmas.

What is an ATC?

ATC stands for Altered Trading Card, a miniature work of art meant to trade ideally in person; on the back is the signature, date, and number (if it is part of an edition)

What size is an ATC?

2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm cardstock always

What types of art are accepted?

According to the original ATC site in Switzerland, all types of art and all techniques are accepted. For our challenge it MUST be MIXED MEDIA ART

Sounds fun, right?  There were several of us on the Design Team who were first-timers, and right away turned into ATC-addicts!!! Play with us, join us!

You'll be making 4 ATC's, please see all RULES below and follow them strictly.

Here is inspiration from our design team:

6julieannJulie Ann: I have a confession to make. I'm not good at swaps because I procrastinate going to the post office forever. That's one of the reasons I've never gotten into ATC mania. As a beginner, for this challenge I wanted to go big or go home! Now don't be intimidated, you just have to make FOUR ATC's for the drawing.
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"Tree Of Life"

I decided to interpret the theme from birth to death. I found the awesome stand to display the ATC cards and it happens  to be called "Tree Of Life: 3 Dimensional Scrapbook". The tree is supposed to grow with your life. 

Tips to make this at home: I found this fun tutorial at a stamping website where you make a nice transparency & crepe paper "sandwich"! First, have your ATC base image complete. Then spread Diamond Glaze over it. Lay crepe paper (I used creme, you can use white or another light color) on next, and make sure it sticks really well to the Diamond Glaze so that the image shows through the crepe paper. Sprinkle some glitter on. Next, with your transparency cut to the size of the ATC, if you want to stamp on the transparency or add a rubon, do that now.  Then, turn it over and spread Diamond Glaze lightly on the wrong side of it. Put a few drops of alcohol ink or glimmer mist onto the Diamond Glaze, and swirl it with either a popscicle stick or put on a rubber glove and use your finger.  Now turn the transparency over, right side up, and line it up to your ATC and place it on, and press down lightly. Finish embellishing as necessary. Voila!

Supplies: Blank Transparencies 8.5x11 by DCWV
Transparency from clear stamp set
Tree of Life: 3 Dimensional Scrapbook by Nancy Horkey/Advantus Corp
Black Mini Bingo Card by Jenni Bowlin
Photo turns
ATC (General) Cards by 7Gypsies
7Gypsies ATC Naked Pockets: Unpunched
7Gypsies ATC Stickers: Family
7Gypsies Gator Clips for ATC Display 7Gypsies Paperclip 7Gypsies Glitter Texture Rubon Basic Grey Border Rubons
Label Stickers
Prima bling
Metal frame
Clock parts
Crepe paper
Glitter (Yellow, White)
Diamond Glaze
Alcohol Inks
Glimmer Mist
Copic markers
White StazOn Ink
Black StazOn Ink
Flourish Stamp
Damask Stamp


The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Card to shop like a Bad Girl in the Bad Girl Shoppe! Be sure to leave a blog comment here first!

Three Rules to Follow:

  1. Follow the challenge guidelines exactly
  2. Post your project in the specific "Project 52" gallery with the title "Challenge #5 ATC's"  before December 19 Midnight Pacific Time (see time converter)
  3. Link your layout to the Challenge #5 Thread in the Project 52 forum
Challenge 5 – ATCs (4 minimum, series/not, traditional size, foldable extensions)
  • ThemeLife &/or Death (funky and dark, light and bright, etc…)
  • Required material Transparencies (part/whole, printed/painted/inked, etc…)
Have fun, and may the winner get to treat herself in the Bad Girls Shoppe! Happy Holidays, xoxo, Julie Ann Shahin


Jeannie: Here is my doll. She is actually made of metal; a found bird cage. Her theme is joy & sadness; as Marie Antoinette is my inspiration. I fashioned a cake from foam, printed paper, faux pearls & bling. Also the cake is painted with a frosted glaze that did not photograph well.
Give her some love!

Honorable Mentions:
Rita Barakat 
Chris Aiton
and there was a 4-way tie for third-place honorable mention!!!

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