Four Seasons


Good morning folks!  This is my artist trading card for the Four Seasons theme I created for a recent swap.  This is 1 of the 11 that I made.  It was awesome seeing how others interpreted our topic; they were all so magnificent.  I will share the ATC’s that I received in this swap with you later this month.

In order to stick with the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rule, and put everything into my ATC that I wanted to, I used a style that isn’t used a lot–a bi-fold opening.

To create the swirls in the background, I did the Waxy Cuttlebug technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This was applied to the front and again on the back.  The sky and ground were brayered, as was the sun.  The spring and winter background was stamped with seasonal items, and the bottom of the ATC was stamped with the tip of a tree to resemble a bush.  I used my Four Seasons stamp set, and stamped out each tree onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with watercolour markers.  I added black lines and a dark hole onto the winter tree with a very fine permanent marker.  Next, the trees were cut out and adhered to the ATC.  Punched autumn leaves were glued underneath the autumn tree.


This is the closed ATC.  A dragonfly brad was adhered.  Notice how the backside prongs were hidden by the spring tree.

On a side note, my girlfriend (hi JoAnn) told me this summer that my nails are something of an interest, and since then I hear others telling me the same thing.  Well, the holidays are upon us and I had my nails filled and painted yesterday.  If you tilt your head to the left you should be able to figure out what design I had airbrushed onto my thumbs and pinkies.  I couldn’t resist a little bit of eccentricity.  Someday I’ll show you the huge (and I mean huge) flower ring I wear to work and around town.  I enjoy looking as eccentric as I can.  Donnie has taught me to “be who I am” and it feels great to do just that.

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Posted on : Nov 19 2009
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5 People have left comments on this post

Nov 19, 2009 - 12:11:32
Jennifer E. said:

Awesome ATC Beth! I love the folds–would have never though of that!

Nov 19, 2009 - 01:11:35
K Hutchinson said:

OMG OMG OMG this is stunning! Gorgeous- wonderful! I have never ever seen a tri-fold ATC! This is the BOMB! You ROCK GF!

Nov 20, 2009 - 03:11:07
Viv said:

Brilliant idea to gate-fold your ATC Beth!! Never seen it done before.
LOVE it. Very cute and very clever inside.
(Is it one of the three Wise Men on your nails)?
Hugs Viv xx

Nov 20, 2009 - 06:11:08
jeanette said:

The people that will be getting this in their swap packages are going to be so lucky. This is beautiful. I love the images.

Nov 20, 2009 - 09:11:26
beth said:

Hey GF you are just unbelievable only you can straight an ATC like that beautiful my friend.

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