Michael Chiarello “Yum” ATC and a Birthday Card

Michael Chiarello Yum ATC 2

Well, my ATC obsession continues :0)

The inspiration for this ATC card was a photo pictorial of sorts in on of my Food Network Magazines, that summarized chef Michael Chiarello’s journey to opening a Spanish restaurant.  I liked the paper doll look of the images of the chef and decided to use one of them as the basis for an ATC.

I decided to stick to a food-related theme for my card and looked for images with interesting patterns and textures in my stash of food magazine pages.  I found an ad for wine in New York State that had all these wine corks in it and thought they would make an interesting background for the main image of the chef.  I wanted to glue the image of Michael Chiarello right over the wine corks, but he didn’t pop against the reddish tones of the background, so I glued him onto a piece of cardstock, fussy-cut him out, and added a piece of foam tape to the back before adhering him to the card.  Surprisingly, that made a noticeable difference.

I wanted to add a word and decided on “delicioso,” which I thought would be perfect for an Italian chef, but the word was too long, so I settled on the word, “yum,” since it means the same thing anyway :0)  I cut out the letters for the word from this ad, the same one I had used to make my first ATC:

Magazine ad with an interesting font

Magazine ad with an interesting font

I glued each letter onto a separate wine cork from that same New York wine ad I had used for the background.  I glued a piece of cardstock to the back and fussy-cut the word out.  I decided to glitter the edges with coppery glitter to make the word pop more against the background and added some foam tape to the back before adhering it to the card.

Glittered "yum"

Glittered “yum”

For the back, I decided to use the same image as I had used for my first ATC – an image of a tart – that I had left over.

Savory root vegetable tart magazine photo

Savory root vegetable tart magazine photo

Back of ATC

Back of ATC

I thought my ATC looked a little plain.  My solution?  More glitter :0)  I applied some gold glitter glue around the edges in the front.  Despite how it looks when you first apply it, there’s not a whole lot of glitter that ends up on your project after the glue dries, so I had to add several layers of glue just to get the glitter to look like it did in my finished ATC.

Michael Chiarello Yum ATC, all finished

Michael Chiarello Yum ATC, all finished

I think this (along with my first one), is my favorite ATC thus far :0)

Before I go, I wanted to share with you the birthday card I made for my friend, Sandi:

Courthouse steps quilt block pattern birthday card

Courthouse steps quilt block pattern birthday card for Sandi

I used the same courthouse steps quilt block pattern that I used a few weeks ago for another birthday card.  (Read about it here).  But I omitted one layer of strips to make a slightly smaller card.  I used the Pretty Please Spring 6 x 6 papers from My Mind’s Eye for a softer, more feminine look.

Stay tuned for more ATC’s!

What are some of your current crafting obsessions?  Please share in the comments.




About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose – to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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