Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chunky ATC Sample

I decided that I wanted to offer my Collage Stuff customers high quality chunky ATC blanks.  Sooooo, I ordered in 2.5 x 3.5" wood blocks that are made by people that make rubber stamp wood mounts.  They are perfectly smooth and made from kiln dried maple.  Then I decided that I need to host a chunky ATC swap at the Collage Stuff yahoo group, but not before I made at least one sample.  This is the first sample. All of the images are from the Tumble Fish Studio "East Meets West" kit at  Yes you can use these images digitally or you can print them out and collage by hand.  I sized the images perfectly for my project and printed them out.  First I painted the wood block dark purple with some Making Memories paint I found in my stash.  I used Golden Gel Medium (matte) to glue down the background image first.  I constructed the collage on the wood block gluing everything down with the gel medium.  When I had the images all glued down, I sealed the collage with a coat of gel medium.  I attached all of the dimensional elements with the gel medium.  Before I glued down the images, I went around all of the edges with a suitably colored Copic marker so that no white edges show.  The large dragonfly was in my stash.  The small dragonfly is stocked at Collage Stuff.  The large bird charm, blue metal rose and the green resin blossoms are also available at Collage Stuff.  I haven't decided if I'm using red dice or some flatter bingo tiles for the feet.  The sides and the top have coordinating patterned papers attached.  I may add some charms to the sides, but I haven't really decided about that yet either. I'll post more photos when it's all done.  Anyway, I'm happy with this first chunky ATC and I hope it will inspire some group members to sign up for the Chunky ATC swap when I host it!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love how you describe what you use and how you use it. So handy for people like me new to all this swapping and altering stuff. Helps give me some ideas on what to use and what to buy. Glad you went with the dice. I had dominoes on the brain for last comment sorry. Been altering dice making earrings out of some all day. Just about put dominoes again on this comment too. Anyway this chunky atc is great and now I gotta buy me some.