What is a SWAP you ask? Swaps are organized trading sessions. Many have a theme. Swaps can be done face to face or through the mail. If they are done through the mail a host collects all the cards and redistributes them. The host can add rules to the swap as s/he deems necessary. Like how many to make, must have stamping, at least one embellishment, a mailing deadline just to name a few!
So what is an ATC? The only steadfast rule to follow when creating an ATC is it MUST measure 2.5” x 3.5” the size of traditional baseball trading cards. I love trading ATC’s, particularly when the theme is STEAMPUNK.
Currently, I am hosting a STEAMPUNK ATC swap and I just traded the cards among the participants and the envelopes are ready for tomorrows mail. I got a little carried away with my ATC and made a little book.... THIS is the ATC I made for the swap. It is a little extravagant... then I had to try out the Hinge Tape. Have you seen the HINGE TAPE at Viva Las Vegastamps! Well that is what I used to put my ATC “book” together.
My base card is double the size 5” x 3.5” and folded in the middle. Then I cut an inside piece 2.5” x 3”. To attach the middle page I used one hinge from the Viva Las Vegastamps HINGE TAPE. I carefully cut the excess tape away, leaving only the hinge. Then very carefully lined it up on the two pieces of card stock and applied the hinge! EASY PEASY!
ALL stamps used on the ATC are from Viva Las Vegastamps!
Front: Victorian Balloon
Middle page back side: “May the Steam be with You!”
Background on all pages: Nesting Gears
Foreground stamped with Stewart Superior Memories Black or Madonna Blue
Backgrounds stamped with Versafine Crimson Red
All Images heat embossed with Viva Las Vegastamps! Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Papers are from my stash
Victorian Balloon, “STEAMPUNK IT!” and “May the Steam be with You!” were stamped on sewing tissue then adhered to the ATC
Shhhh don’t tell anyone I am showing you ATC before the swappers gets it in the mail!!!
Did you know Viva Las Vegastamps! has a forum? If you think you would like to try a swap, I have set up a STEAMPUNK SWAP called Lyneen’s Steampunk Swap... the rules are in the forum. Become a member of the forum and post on my Swap that you would like to join. You have until May 5th to join and June 1st to mail them! EVERYONE who participates in the swap will get a special ATC made by me!
Now for my Steampunk Tape surprise...
STEAMPUNK TAPE MAN!!!
Don’t you think he would look great on a kids party invitation?????
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT... CREATE with tape!!