Wednesday, July 1, 2009

As Promised, An ATC Card




In my last post, I said I'd post an ATC (Artist Trading Card) later in the week. Well, here it is - later in the week, and here is the card. When I showed you the pincushion earlier, I told you I made it for my friend, Gaby, and that the ATC card was for her also.

I don't have a lot of experience in making ATC cards. Granted, I have made several, but, I'm certainly not an expert in making them. Although, I am lucky enough to have one in the book, 1000 ARTIST TRADING CARDS, edited by Patricia Bolton and published by Quarry Books. If you have a copy of that book....mine is on page 151. I loved making that card and recently heard from a person who traded for it at Quilt Festival in Chicago this Spring. It was nice to know who actually wound up with the card, as I had no idea what Quilting Arts magazine had done with it. The person who got it was very nice and I hope she enjoys it for a very long time.

While I don't have vast experience with ATC's...I have with sewing, so, of course, when making the card for Gaby...I had to sew it. Many of them aren't sewn at all...I'm particularly taken with some of the mixed media ones I've seen.

So, having said all that....here's what I'm talking about.....an embroidered flower for Gaby. I used Satin Stitch for the flower and back-stitched around the petals. That was fun! In the center I added a sequin and bead for a small amount of glitter.
The leaves....well, you've heard me go on about leaves lots of times...you know already how much I love stitching those. I just had to add the heart....again in Satin Stitch. An ATC card is about 2 1/4 inches wide x 3 1/4 inches long, so you can imagine how small that heart is...one of my very favorite things!!

I don't remember exactly what threads I used..I know I used DMC floss for the heart. And, completely out of my area of expertise...I machine stitched around the edge....it just seemed the best way to do this particular card.

It was a fun thing to make and I'm glad it has a nice home in Germany. In my next post, I'll show you a painted and embroidered teacup.....well, you'll just have to check back to see what that's all about!

One of my readers said she felt like I was talking to her personally when she read my blog!! Oh, gosh, I hope so! And, I am gratified to know that. So, know that I FEEL as if I AM speaking to YOU personally too.

For all of you giving me "feel better wishes" this week.....thank you so much. You know...I am feeling better. Thanks to those meds, the doctor, and you kind people. See you this weekend....take care. pat

8 comments:

TattingChic said...

That is darling! :)

Gaby Bee said...

Your ATC is just so perfect and really beautifully made! I’m hugely honoured to have your card in my collection, Pat.
Thanks again for this wonderful trade my friend!

Gaby xo

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Beautiful stitchery! Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

Maggie Ann said...

Oooh, thats pretty. You do such wonderful needlework! Inspiring!! This reminded me that in my closet (which I just went to and got...) is a book I was so taken with that I actually paid full price for it.(now there's a compliment to the publishers!) Do you have this one? 'A~Z' of Embroidery Stitches ...a quilters resource publication. I was working on perfecting my bullion knot at the time...I never could get it to my satisfaction though. Anyway, you inspire me and like Tatting Chic does with her marvelous tatting. I want to get out needle and wool and shuttles....but alas...I've two rooms to paint and I'm in the midst of this good/terrible spring cleaning yet...have decided to move entire bookcases around. You can guess what the house looks like with a zillion books laying about. oh well, its been a nice break looking in your 'window'...smile.

Anonymous said...

I have just discovered your blog via a member on the Jo Morton online list. I have yours bookmarked so that I might revisit. Happy anniversary. My husband and I will celebrate our 45 years in October. We are still best friends and happy to say that. Louise

Gwendie said...

I love your ATC, Pat. One question - how did you stiffen it? Or is it sewn to a card? It's just lovely!!!

And I'm glad you're feeling better.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Pat you know I love your embroidery! I have a question about your leaves...do you stitch that center stem after you do the sides of the leaves or before? blessings, marlene

sparkle jars said...

This is beautiful...with your signature heart as well! :-)

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