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    Using Scrap Cardstock: ATCs


    Design an ATC with scrap cardstock and bits of ephemera. Start with cardstock cut to 2.5" x 3.5" or a playing card, and prep with a layer white or black gesso. Take a handful of scrap cardstock, magazine clippings, newspaper or maps.

    To build a house, start with ripped paper for the background, stacked with taller pieces in the back to look like waves or plants. Blues can look like waves, multicolors can look like plants or flowers. Cut a rectangles for the house, door and chimney. Cut a triangle for the roof and squares for the windows. Tear some whisps for smoke. Mod Podge the items to your background. Add details with Sakura gelly rolls or Pitt pens. Add additional plants in front of the edge of the house to add depth. You can add a sun made of circles and triangles, or whispy clouds of ripped paper. A quote or doodles are a nice touch to finish the ATC.

    To make a doll, start with a painted background (above, watercolors on watercolor paper), cut out pieces of the outfit, face and hair from cardstock. I used generic text from a magazine for the shirt under her vest. Embellish with Sakura gelly rolls or Pitt pens. To give the feeling of movement, add ripped wavy paper below. While I'm not thrilled with her hair, overall I like the look of the swinging dancer.

    For other ideas to use scrap cardstock see Weaving Paper: ATCs and Using Scrap Cardstock: Art Journaling.

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