Sunday, February 19, 2017

Making ATCs - With Cat Hand

I watched this video last night by Cat Hand. Click here to watch it. It inspired me to try the technique myself today. I did not have the same materials and modified the process slightly but basically followed the steps as she laid them out.

Step 1: Use Mod Podge to glue down book text, music page and other miscellaneous papers to a piece of kraft chipboard.

Step 2: Put down some different colours of paint randomly onto the page. Cat Hand used Dylusions paints but I only had regular acrylic paint in tubes at my disposal.

Step 3: Add some torn strips of patterned scrapbook paper. Cat Hand used strips of leftover painted papers.

Step 4: Use bubble wrap and white paint to add another layer. Cat Hand used a brayer to apply the white paint.

Step 5: Use archival ink and a background stamp to add more interest to the page.

Step 6: Cut into ATC size cards. You will get nine from a standard 8.5" X 11" piece of chipboard, with a few small bits left that you can use in other projects.

Step 7: Add torn pieces of patterned tissue paper to each card. I did not have any, so I stamped a bunch of random stamps on plain white tissue and used that.

Step 8: Use Mod Podge to adhere a small stamped image and heart to each ATC. Cat Hand stamped her images onto book text paper but these stamps got lost on it, so I used plain copier paper and archival ink.

Step 10: Add a word or phrase (I used Tim Holtz ChitChat stickers) and I outlined the hearts and words with a fine line black marker. To finish them off, I used black ink around the edges to frame them.

The whole process took most of the day. A lot of time was spent waiting for layers to dry. I did speed it up a bit with my heat tool when my patience had run out.

These turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself, and I can see myself using this technique again. Thanks, Cat Hand, for a fun project on Family Day weekend!


  1. excellent, I love them all and I esp love the bubble wrap part of the process...who needs the circles stencil?

    1. Oh my gosh, I had a lot of fun with this project! You gotta try it, Dar.

  2. Wow Bonnie... I Love the cards... i would love to trade for one if that's what you are doing with them :)

    1. Yes, Sarah, I am posting them to trade today on Facebook.

  3. Those came out so great and look like a fun recipe to make ATCs without over-thinking it. I'm definitely going to have to watch Cat's video as well. Thanks for sharing your process :)

    1. That is usually my problem, CraftyHope, I over-think things. I suspended my natural instincts (to run screaming) this time and they turned out so well, that I'm going to do it again.