Thursday, March 01, 2012

Farley's Mermaid Circus! ATC!
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This 3D ATC was inspired by my book: "Altered Art Circus", where I have a chapter dedicated to ATC's and Components.

To bring new familiarity to the ATC aka Artist Trading Card, I added more 3-d elements to the basic form of 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches which originally started as flat images as a way to showcase one's illustration, more on that in the book.

This piece which I call: "Farley's Mermaid Circus", is created using the Mer-Cupie Embellishment from the Lisa Kettell Designs Line, mixed w/K&Company ticket sticker strips, Cosmo Cricket Paper, Robin's Nest Pink Pebbles, Making Memories Accessories, vintage style pink Tinsel from michaels, Hemptique bakery twine, chip board, zip dry and hot glue!
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-Mer-Cupie Embellishment, Lisa Kettell Designs
-Carnival/Circus Ticket Adhesive Border, Love, K& Company
-"Monday" Scrapbook Paper, Cosmo Cricket
-"Tiny Bubbles" Scrapbook Paper, Cosmo Cricket
-Mini wood clips, Making Memories
-Looking Glass stickers, Giggle Kids Line, Making Memories
-Pebbles, Robin's Nest
-Pink Tinsel, Michaels Craft Stores
-Pink/White Bakery Twine, Hemptique
-Chipboard, Paper Source
-Acrylic paint, smooches, Clearsnap
-Vintage ephemera, floral wire, rhinestones
-Glues: Zip Dry, Beacon Adhesives, Modge Podge, Plaid and Hot Glue
-Other: Floral Wire, Glitter
-Tools: Hot Glue Gun, Scissors, Paint Brush


1. Measure chipboard to 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches, coat with zip dry glue, lay the Monday scrapbook paper over the coated chipboard, press to adhere, let sit for a minute to dry. Then trim the paper to fit the chipboard.

2. Paint a shirt onto the Mer-Cupie with paint color of choice, set aside, let dry.

3. Make a basic pinwheel shape out of the tiny bubbles paper, secure ends with hot glue, attach a looking glass sticker to the center of the pin wheel, set aside.

4. Attach your mer-cupie to the center of the atc using hot glue, begin embellishing her. Make a paper cone from vintage paper, simply measure a 3 inch by 3 inch square onto ephemera or paper of choice, cut down the middle to form a triangle, glue sides together and attach to your mer-cupie with hot glue, add pebbles and tinsel to her hat.
5. Cut a balloon shape from paper, attach to a piece of floral wire using hot glue, apply modge podge to balloon shape, sprinkle red glitter on top, shake off excess and insert next to your mer-cupie, tie on a piece of hemptique bakery twine.

6. Add some more ephemera, mini wood clip, tickets and the handmade pin wheel, voila, Farley is now on her way to enjoy the Mermaid Circus!
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Tips and Tricks:
-Use piano paper, paper from a discarded book, old advertisements, or catalog pages for your paper cone hat.
-Buy pre-made pinwheels instead of making your own.
-Use glitter paper instead of using actual glitter
-Tint mica flakes with distressed inks and add to your project for more flare.
-Stamp the alphabet onto plain cardstock, if you can't find the one I used by Cosmo Cricket.
-Use pipe cleaners in place of the tinsel.
Supplies for Farley ATC!
Mermaid Cupies!
To purchase the Mer-Cupies aka Mermaid Cupies from the Lisa Kettell Designs Line visit our store Piddlestixs or the online store:

1 comment:

Incipient Wings said...

How adorable!
So fun and colorful too... Can't wait to make one,
Thank you for the instructions:)