One of the challenges with designing an ATC card is coming up with a design for such a small canvas. I’ve started out all my ATCs thus far with an image that I found interesting, whether a person or animal, and wanted to build a card around it. But for this cat maestro ATC, I started with a piece of Victorian style scrap that I had left over in my stash from a Victorian Christmas project at Castle in the Air, that I thought had storytelling possibilities.
Looking at the image of the singing cat, I pictured him standing in a field of flowers, eager to get an audience, any audience. Hey, you gotta start somewhere!
I glued a blue piece of patterned paper the the front to mimic a beautiful blue sky.
For the back of the card, I decided to use a music paper print from Graphic 45’s Mother Goose 8 x 8 paper pack, given the musical theme of my ATC.
For the field of flowers, I decided to create a field with overgrown grass and tall stems of flowers. Since I’ve made so many crepe paper flowers over the course of the past year and a half, I decided to create the field mostly out of crepe paper, given my large stash. I decided to use two shades of green doublette crepe to make the grass, and for the stems of the flowers, I settled on dark olive green crepe and 32 gauge steel wire.
For the grass, I cut out strips of fringe and twirled the fringe between my fingers, similar to how I create stamens for my crepe paper flowers.
For the flower stems, I cut out thin strips of crepe paper and glued and wrapped them around pieces of the wire. The tricky thing was that the wire was a bit slippery for the crepe to adhere to, but I managed.
For the flowers, I cut them out of some scrapbook paper and an old greeting card I had saved.
I glued the stems to the backs of the flowers and bent the tops of the stems. I glued the grass onto my card, added the cat, and positioned the flowers in an attractive arrangement, so that they appeared to be turned towards the cat. I added some bling and dimension to the centers of my flowers.
Yikes! You can see my shoddy glue job with the floral centers :0(
I thought I was done, but decided to add one final touch. I thought it would be funny to add a label made with my vintage Dymo label maker, that said “maestro,” to my ATC. You know, with the flowers paying attention, the cat thinks he’s a maestro :0)
My finished ATC:
I think this ATC is my best one to date. If I had to do it again, I might leave off the extra bling on the flowers. Given the sweet scenario, I think leaving the flowers rather plain and simple would have worked better. But that’s being a bit nit-picky.
I think I’ll look for more Victorian scrap the next time I’m at Castle in the Air. I see the story possibilities with the animal ones that I’d like to explore.
Have you ever crafted with Victorian scrap? What have you made with them? Please share in the comments.