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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Merry Christmas ATC's"

Tonight I am sharing my first set of Christmas ATC's for a trade party on Saturday.  I had a lot of fun making these cards.  I used advice from Mary C Nasser's blog post on Oct. 09 when she gave her steps for making her deck of cards for the Inspiration Card Swap hosted by Jessica Brogan.  Starting out with a deck of cards, I glued them to a map.  Then sanded the front of the cards & gessoed & painted the fronts red with Silks Acrylic Glaze and the backs green with the same paint.  I then stenciled the green backs with a second green and outlined the stencils with either red or gold pen.  On the front red side I placed vintage looking stickers or some stocking stickers.  I added torn tissue paper that I had mixed up with gloss medium.  Then coating the tissue with a dark rose Silk paint.  The entire surface was covered with medium and sprinkled with gold beads onto the raised tissue areas.  I stamped on the Doves & Merry Christmas  and added the dimensional snow flakes or Christmas Trees.  The only thing left to do is to add my name and blog information to the back.  I only made a dozen Christmas ATCs, so will use the other cards that are glued to the map and already gessoed for next months trade.   I plan on sending a couple of the cards to blog friends who have been so helpful and generous to me and am looking forward to finding out what our prompt will be for January.  

Our group is hosted by Kimberly Butts who is an avid follower of ATCS FOR ALL and helps organize & attends their convention.  Kimberley's special cards are made of sheet metal in which she presses a design, or her wonderful felted birds.

This is my Paint Party Friday entry for this week.  Please go to the party and visit some of the many artist's sites to see what they have been creating this week.


28 comments:

  1. Love your ATC's- such fabulous colors!! Happy PPF!

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  2. What a fun project and so many will benefit. I like your Style. Thanks for the tutoring lesson. Great idea for a different type of Christmas card for friends and family. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  3. Love what you have done here. It looks like fun and the results are wonderful. Happy PPF

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  4. Gorgeous, I love your non traditional colors and the fact that you were able to get so many done!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  5. Lovely ATCs, very festive and fantastic colors! <3

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  6. So beautiful, I ADORE the colors you used for your atcs! Happy PPF!

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  7. Great colors on your ATCs. Nicely done. Happy PPF

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  8. Gorgeous cards, Gloria!
    Thank you for linking back to my blog post tutorial, too! :)
    I just used Blick liquid watercolors on mine. :)
    I'm sure any brand liquid watercolors would do.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. These came out wonderfully! I love the colors. Not the usual ones for Christmas! Happy PPF!

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  10. i love your bright, unconventional colors for christmas. so much fun!

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  11. I like how you stuck to a color theme for all...pretty! Happy PPF!

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  12. i LOVE these vibrant colors on your festive ATCS-well done! Happy PPF!

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  13. Great job with your ATCs! Love that you used non-traditional colors!

    Happy PPF!

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  14. Fun and colorful ATCs. I used to make them for trading. havent in ages. Should think about trying it again. HPPF

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  15. Love your colorful ATCs. Nicely done.

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  16. These are just so fab. Happy PPF to you.

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  17. Your cards are beautiful. I am sure that everyone who receives them will be so happy. Have a wonderful week.

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  18. The colors on these are gorgeous!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  19. How fun! I love your use of color and texture, Gloria. Blessings!

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  20. Very pretty wish I had done the inspiration challenge. I like how you did these instead!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. Great festive ATC's Love the colours you have used

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  22. lovely colors and all the beautiful add-ons! Great set of atcs!

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  23. What fun and colorful ATC's. Just love them. Happy PPF

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  24. Hi Gloria, I also participated in this swap! I blogged about it here: http://christinaminasian.blogspot.com/2012/10/atc-swap.html
    I look forward to getting my cards. Yours look great!

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