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Monday, May 2, 2011

Bottled Toy ATC


I wanted to share this even though I won't be sending it to whoever I get as my swap partner for a couple of weeks yet. This is a little Artist Trading Card (ATC) which is only 2.5" x 3.5". It was made for a challenge where 2 out of 5 theme words needed to be used in one ATC. I was the one who started the challenge and I still found it hard!!

I thought I'd post it up here because I'm really happy with how it turned out and I don't think my potential swap partners are watching this blog, though perhaps if you want to join in too you might get it!!

I started off with a rough design sketched on paper after tossing up ideas for a couple of weeks. I was going to try and do something with the words Duet and Cultivate... or Journey and Cultivate... but then I thought about a ship in a bottle and the idea took form - so this suits the challenge words Bottled and Toy.

The design is made up of cut fabrics that have been raw-edge appliqued to a base fabric. I used a sheer piece of white fabric over the top which is transparant enough for the bottle. To finish, there are 3 or 4 layers of interfacing between the front and back layers and then I used a quilt binding technique for the edges which gives a great border.

What do you think? Would you like to receive this ATC in the mail? Or would you just like to try out the challenge yourself. Well there is still time to sign up so check out the challenge before the 8th of May!!

If you have any questions about making fabric ATCs let me know!

5 comments:

Luci said...

Good job! I love how you used a fabric that sparkles for the glass jar.

Metanoia said...

Thanks Luci! It is slightly more opaque than that too but the camera played with my colours. I loved it and hope my swap partner does too.

Sara said...

This is a really lovely ATC ... I really love the concept of bottled toys, or anything in bottles really (such as messages, etc!). I think I will have to make a bottled object ATC soon :) Hugs, sarachung (follow my textile art/craft blog)

patricias fabric art said...

Its so realistic I've never tried fabric atcs-hopefully you've inspired me

Metanoia said...

Thanks for the lovely comments Sara and Patricia. I'm glad to have inspired too. Come back and show me what you make!!