A new venture for me quite recently has been ATC card swapping. It's quite a challenge to make this tiny work of art - a lot of my stamps are just too big, for instance. This month in the swap I joined in with, the theme was travel - and I had a lightbulb moment for what I could do with that leftover piece of Sheena Douglass faux leather I made - turn it into a suitcase for my ATCs!!
The suitcase was made with Kraft card - 2 small boxes 4" x 3" x 1/2" and covered with the faux leather in one piece to form the case and allow it to be hinged. I folded some more of the faux leather in a strip to make the handle and the tab, which was secured with velcro. I used my cropodile to make the eyelet holes for the tab holder.
But it was too flimsy, and needed some support... so I printed off a sentiment onto 160gsm paper, cut it to size and then using my distress inks and a crackle stamp, created the background to the card which was stuck in the inside of the "passport".
On the other side of the passport front, I used some docrafts stamps to make it less stark. The whole thing was then stuck onto a standard ATC card blank.
For the second card, I used a piece of scrap 160 gsm paper which I coloured randomly with distress inks. Over the top of the colours, I stamped a map (papermania, possibly) in walnut ink. I covered a standard ATC card blank, wrapping my map around it.
I used a sentiment and two images from a serif digikit, resized and distressed around the edges to overlay the map. The finishing touch was 4 small AB gems to go in each corner.