Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ATC Ring Book


Today's project and tutorial was inspired by a pile. Actually, by two piles. I have saved every sheet of artist paper that comes inside my copies of magazines published by Stampington & Company. If you have ever bought a copy of Somerset Studio or Somerset Memories, you know exactly what I mean. So today was the day to dig into my selection and make use of these beautiful papers.

My second inspirational pile was my stack of ATCs - Artist Trading Cards. These are playing card sized works of art that are traditionally made to trade with other artists. I have quite a few that I have received and many that I have made that I still own. I decided that they deserve a better home.


After choosing a piece of artist paper, I used a die from Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B set to cut and emboss 2 sections.


Using a die from Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles Small set, I cut a window into one of these pieces.


I flipped over this piece and added double-stick tape to three sides, leaving the top-most section untaped.


I adhered the two curved rectangles together, creating a pocket with a window. This will hold my ATC.


I added some ink to the edges on both front and back, both bringing in some additional dimension and color as well as highlighting the embossed edge. At the open end at the top, I punched a hole in the center.


This pocket was now complete and ready to hold an ATC.


I went ahead and repeated these steps using different artist papers until I had a total of 10 pockets, each filled with a different ATC.




To make the book, I attached all the pockets together by slipping a loose leaf ring through the hole at the top. Now these ATCs have a proper home and I love the fact that I can add or remove pockets as well as switch out the ATCs.





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Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Machine
S5-172 Spellbinders® Nestabilities® A2 Curved Matting Basics B
S4-201 Spellbinders® Nestabilities® Deckled Rectangles Small

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko Momento dye ink pad

Other: Artist Trading Cards, artist paper, double-stick tape, scissors, hole punch, loose leaf ring 

22 comments:

elle said...

Brilliant!

Patti said...

How cool is that! I have that same stack of papers, love what you've done - as always. Perhaps I'll paint faces on them - lol.

trish quilty said...

Great idea Seth. Always inspirted by your creativity!

trish quilty said...

inpsirited!! ha ha new word :)

Bill said...

So cool!

Roberta said...

What a great idea! You always do the most interesting things!

MegWeaves said...

This is such a great idea I wished I thought of it, and Thank Goodness you showed us how relatively easy it is. (Because some of the things you do are beyond my comprehension/contemplations.) Thank you, again, Maestro.

Linda Cain said...

Very cool!!!1343 dt

Linda Cain said...

Very cool!!!1343 dt

Mickie said...

So cool! You have certainly got me going in a different direction!

Jo Murray said...

That's a great way to store ATCs, and transport them. I really will have to get one of those machines.

Brian Kasstle said...

What a marvelous project Seth!!! Wonderful!

Kathryn said...

What a creative way to store them.

Renee said...

Ohhh, I like this! Honestly I thought I was one of the few that saves all of those artists papers. Who knew? Great idea.

Erin in Morro Bay said...

I love those papers - have recently used them to make chunky board book journals and they look great.
Erin

Rushd Lady said...

Cool! A friend sent me a link to your blog, so of course, I had to come look! Like the pockets. I've been keeping my ATC's in those baseball sleeves in a notebook. . .

Sue Marrazzo said...

GREAT IDEA!

Bärbel Born said...

Wohoo! Just what I needed! Every friday I make something DIY, and this album gave me a cute idea how to make an advent calendar today. Thank you for the inspiration and Spellbinders for sharing the blog post.

Hugs, Barbel

http://bit.ly/adventcalendardiy

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Seth! What a great idea. Several years ago I made a 3-ring holder for my ATCs with hardbook covers painted and plastic baseball card pages inside to hold the ATCs. I like yours much better!!! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I could do this!! Love it...thank you for the imspiration Seth!

Kim Hupke

Janet Gray said...

This is brilliant! Of course I have both those piles (and many more-lol). I love this idea; thanks for sharing. AND I'm signing up!!

Turtlemoon Tarot said...

This is great! Im new to the atc thing, and im trying to learn! This is a great idea!