Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trading Cards?

OK, when you say trading cards to me, I think baseball, football, etc. You know the kind that used to come in package with a flat piece of gum. However, instead of a trading card with a picture of some sports person, the challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog is to create your own TINY 2.5" x 3.5" (trading card official size) card using a Tiddly Inks Image. I just thought it was difficult paring the images down and coloring them to fit on an A2 card. Now we're talking minute images(in terms of coloring) to fit on a card this size and have room left for some added embellies. I have to say that my faster than the speed of light mode does not go well when working with TINY things.LOL However, when you make one, you think, it's so small and lonely or this isn't the greatest and before you know it, you've made several. One thing is for sure, it gave me a chance to use several of Tiddly Inks images and even to do a little shopping over at her store. Oh and be sure to check out What's New in October, because she has created the absolute cutest images that are perfect for Boss' Week along with a computer geek girl and a soccer boy.

So without further ado, here are the cards I created. Needless to say, everything is colored with Copics. The first ATC is using the Tiddly Ink Image, Ellie. I think she was a freebie. The striped paper is from Summer Driggs' Truth Kit. The Happy Birthday ribbon is some I picked up from a bin somewhere and on sale. I used a Cuttlebug snowflake diecut for the stars that I colored with my Spicas to add a bit of zing.

I have to say my personal favorite is the cow themed one, since you all know Smoochie is perhaps one of my favorite images. She just makes me smile every time I see her. I found the cowprint HERE and copied and pasted it into word. It was the perfect size(just bigger than the card itself) to use with little or no waste of paper. The red polka-dotted paper was leftover and on my cutting table(I haven't cleaned up in a week or so). Oh and I added some Paper Glaze to her lips to give her a glossy look.

My next card uses the image Bo and my background paper is also from the Tiddly Inks store. This paper was inspired by a picture done by Christy's daughter and when you buy the paper, it comes in about 6 different colors as well as a digi image for coloring. I carefully cut Bo out, mounted him on the Spellbinder Scalloped Oval circle, glued on the balloons and then drew the strings connecting them.

My final card is using the flower freebie image that Christy provided early in her PCP days. Again the paper is some that was laying on my cutting table, so I have no idea where it's from. I'm pretty sure it's some I printed though. I sponged around the image to make it stand out a bit from the background. I finished up with some twine and a LOVE charm and some of my Bella Baubles

I have to admit that this challenge was definitely out of my comfort zone, but was totally fun to do. That said, I don't see me getting into the ATC swap mode. I don't have enough hours in the day now.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day.

Thank you Cec, for the helpful tidbit on handling Blogger. I'm happy now.


  1. You did it much cuteness all jammed in one spot. :)
    I love them all. :) So many details in a tiny spot and each one looks so good.

  2. wow, you are such an over achiever! LOL i love them ALL!!! And the great thing about ATC's is you don't have to trade them, now you can have the image panel all ready to pop on a card - pretty nifty!

  3. Your cards are fabulous Shirley! You have been a busy girl. ~jeni :)

  4. These are adorable!!! Shirley you picked some of the cutest images!! You did a wonderful job!

  5. shirley these are just the cutest ATC's! i absolutely adore the smoochie one, she is just gorgeous!! huge hugs Lou xxx

  6. Cute ATC's my favourite is Bo,
    H xx

  7. These do look like fun. Quick and you can let your imagination run.

    I have been reading a lot about the ATC exchanges some of the ladies are in, but I too wonder how they find the time. O like Carissa's idea to pop them onto a card at a later date!

  8. Wow, you were on an ATC roll! Fabulous cards. Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inkers this week. xxD