Category Archives: ATCs

Corrugated ATCs

Artist Trading Card

Artist Trading Card Artist Trading Card Ah , the wonders of corrugated cardboard. Just by tearing off one layer of this ubiquitous (it’s everywhere) material, a whole new world of texture is revealed. It begs for color and that’s what this month’s Artist Trading Card is going to be all about. We’ll give a new life to a piece of dull, lifeless and utilitarian corrugated cardboard. First, a couple of coats of Making Memories paint, some shimmer with a touch of Lumiere and then stamp it up and embellish. What a transformation! I just couldn’t stop making them. Join instructor Jessica Hollowell, Los Angeles-based paper and book artist, for ATC Night, 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Stampin’ From the Heart. We start right on time for a trade and then have a demo and you get to make 2 of these corrugated beauties. Suggestion: bring rubber gloves. Cost is $10, all materials supplied. Hope to see you there.

For those who wish to trade: Please bring at least 10 cards to trade. One for everyone trading, one for the instructor and one for the store’s collection. Not sure what  an Artist Trading Card is? Please see the page on this site “What’s an ATC?”

Birds and Paint Chips=ATCs


Paint chip Artist Trading CardNot long ago a friend (who had recently remodeled her bathroom) gave me a large supply of paint chips, mostly in my least favorite color. So I decided to use them to experiment making ATCs. If I liked how they turned out, I could keep them and if not, it wouldn’t hurt to toss them. It all worked out so well. I made a series of Artist Trading Cards with papers from my scrap basket, glued them card stock and made them into a set of greeting cards which I gave a friend for Christmas. Then I got to thinking: What if I used paint chips in colors that I actually like? The result is this month’s ATC Night, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., (call 310-391-0466 for directions). Cost is $10. All materials supplied by Los Angeles-based paper and book artist Jessica Hollowell. Reminder: We start on time at 6:30 and go till 8 p.m. If you wish to trade cards of your own design, please make at least 10, including one for me and one for Karen’s collection that is kept at the store. What’s an ATC? See the page on this site for the answer. Hope to see you there.

Heart to Heart ATCs


Non-traditional Valentine ATCWe’ll be starting off ATC Night in 2011 with non-traditional Valentine ATCs. If you plan to trade, you can take the challenge too. Or not! Mine are inspired by a soap wrapper (yes, that’s right) that I could not seem to throw away. Instead I copied it and used it for the background of my Valentine ATCs. Each also features a bird in a heart design (you can choose from among 4) and some glitter tulle and gold tissue paper. I love the way the materials just seemed to blend together. These cards prove that anything can be turned into art. Join me on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at Stampin’ From the Heart, for ATC Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Materials to make 2 cards supplied by instructor and paper artist Jessica Hollowell. Cost $10. NOTE: If you plan to trade, please bring at least 12 cards (that includes one for me and one for the store.) Feel free to come even if you don’t trade. Some of the ATC artists may be willing to give you a card anyway and everyone who comes gets one of mine to take home.

Sparkling Bingo ATCs


Artist Trading CardArtist Trading CardThis month’s Artist Trading Cards will reflect our festive mood, what with the holiday season getting underway. So I am happy to say, I found a whole box of shiny ornaments tiny enough to use on our ATCs. They are so much fun and very colorful too. First we’ll do a color wash with my fave paints, Golden Fluid Acrylics, on some Tattered Angels bingo cards. Then a swirly bird centerpiece and then, drumroll please, the sparkles!! You might even want to punch a hole in them and hang them on the tree. ALERT: We will be meeting at our regular time and day!!!! ATC Night, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, Los Angeles. Call 310 391-0466 if you need directions. Cost $10. You will make 2 cards designed by Los Angeles book and paper artist Jessica Hollowell. All materials are supplied. If you want to trade cards of your own design with others, please bring a dozen or more: One for everyone trading, one for me and one for Karen, our gracious host. What’s an ATC? Check out the link on this page for details.

As this is our last ATC Night of the year, I am planning a few surprises. Hope to see you there.

Putting the ATC in Butterflies


Tintz ATCs For October’s ATC Night we’ll be putting the ATC into butterflies: Amazing Tintz Creations. Our fall Project Night will consist of coloring some embossed papers by Mike Strong and then creating our own custom-colored tissue papers for the butterfly. The result is Awesome, Textural, Colorful. We’ll be using my favorite ink dispensers: the Tintz daubers. They are so much fun and so versatile. And I have to warn you, especially if you just had your nails done, it could get a little messy. So bring protective hand-gear. You just won’t want to miss this one.

What’s an ATC? Check the Page on this site for details.

Join instructor Jessica Hollowell on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, for ATC Night, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, Los Angeles, 310-391-0466 for directions. Cost is $10 for demo and two cards. Please bring at least 12 (maybe more) cards of your own design to trade. Trading is optional, but in order to get a card from the other participants, you must trade your own. Hope to see you there.

Cream & Black ATCs


Cream & Black ATCI just love color, but I decided to return to the simple and always smart combination of Cream and Black for this month’s Artist Trading Card. (What’s an ATC? Check out the page link on this site to find out.) These cards feature some of my favorite stamps: the Tim Holtz ATC backgrounds and the birds/flowers Inchies clear stamps. And of course, we’ll be using my favorite ink: StazOn Jet Black. Join Cream & Black ATCus at ATC Night, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., (call 310) 391-0466 if you need directions). We start at 6:30 p.m. and go till  8-ish. There will be a short demo and then you will make 2 cards. All materials are supplied by instructor Jessica Hollowell. Cost :$10. If you want to trade cards, please bring 12 or more–one for each person trading, one for me and one for Karen’s collection which stays at the store. Trading is optional!! Hope to see you there.

Texturize Your ATCs


Artist trading cardThis month at ATC Night we’ll be experimenting with texture (and color) for a nifty little package that features — are you ready? — Cheesecloth! I have had some cheesecloth in the kitchen drawer for something like umpteen years and never really know what to do with it. Problem solved: Sponge ink on it and glue to an ATC card. How easy does that sound? The color combos are endless, Artist Trading Carddepending on how many distress inks you have — and I have lots. Embellish with a few other textures and goodies and these cards take on their own unique personality. Warning: a little sewing will be involved. Nothing major, just a button. Everyone knows how to sew on a button, right? Right? Join me, Jessica Hollowell, at 6:30-8ish p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2010, at Stampin’ From the Heart (call 310  391-0466  if you need directions). Cost is $10 to make two cards and take home one of mine.  All materials supplied. If you want to trade, please bring at least a dozen cards, that includes one for me and one for Karen’s collection on display at the store. Trading is optional. See link on this site “What’s an ATC?” if you need more info.

ATC Altered Puzzle Pieces


Puzzle Piece ATCIn honor of cleaning out my garage, this is a good a time as any to re-purpose all that stuff we’ve been hanging onto for years.  This month’s Artist Trading Cards will feature jigsaw puzzle pieces–especially useful when you find that one little piece is missing from the box. What to do with all the rest of them??? Make Art. Yeah. It’ll be a little bit of a project night, some sanding, some painting, some stamping and some beading. And by the end that puzzle piece will have a whole new lease on life as a mini work of art. Join us Thursday, July 15, starting at 6:30 to 8+ p.m., at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., call 310 391-0466 for directions. Cost $10. (P.S. Smooch inks will be involved. If you don’t want to wait, feel free to bring your own favorite colors and make sure your name is on the bottles.) Want to go home with other people’s Artist Trading Cards for your collection? Please bring 10-12 cards of your own design (any theme), plus one for teacher Jessica Hollowell and one for our gracious store owner Karen.  I have started making 15, just to be sure everyone trading gets a card. See you there!!

Matchbook ATCs


ATC MatchbookI had a brilliant brainstorm the other day: I’ve made matchbook greeting cards and matchbook picture albums before, why not make a matchbook ATC? This can’t be too hard, right? Right! All it takes is a little measuring to get the folds just so, and then we’re off and running. Currently, I’m going through a postoid phase, a bird phase and a color phase simultaneously, so I found a way to combine the three in these charming matchbooks made from the textured Bazzill cardstock. Don’t you just love it? It comes in so many wonderful colors. If you’d like to try this matchbook thing,  join me at ATC Night, Thursday, June 17, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 6:30-8 p.m., $10 for demonstration and two cards. All materials supplied by me, Los Angeles-based paper artist Jessica Hollowell. Call (310) 491-0466 for directions to the store. (You may want to bring your favorite ruler and a bone folder–I’ll have some on hand, too).

Also, if you want to trade cards don’t forget to bring at least 10 Artist Trading Cards of your own design. As the group grows, we need to make a few more cards so everyone who trades gets one, in addition to one for me and one for the store’s ATC Collection book.) Theme of your choice. See you there!

Impressions of ATCs

Artist Trading Cards in warm tones

Watercolor backgrounds in pinks and yellows

I was so inspired by a recent trip to LACMA to see the Renoir exhibit. Such a great use of color–his backgrounds are as important as the subject of the paintings. So I took out my watercolor crayons and started playing with colors. When the paintbrush hits those crayons, it’s like magic. Instantly I become an  Impressionist painter. Of course, I couldn’t stop there: I just had to use my newest Tim Holtz ATC background stamps. And then a few more embelishments to finish off my tiny works of art. We’ll be using Invoke Arts tickets on paint chips. What can I say? Paint chips are just so much fun–a great image every time with Staz-On ink and such a variety of colors. It’s fun to mix and match. What’s an ATC you might ask? Check out the link on this site for details. Bring 10 or more cards to trade: one for each person trading, one for me and one for the store’s collection book. Trading is optional, but everyone gets one of my cards following the demo. ATC Night, technique demo and make 2 ATCs from my design, Thursday, May 20, 6:30-8 p.m., Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, Los Angeles, 310-391-0466 for directions, Cost: $10, all materials supplied by paper artist Jessica Hollowell (me). Hope to see you there!