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ATC Butterfly Swap

If you didn’t already know…. I REALLY LIKE BUTTERFLIES!!  Below are my offerings for an ATC butterfly swap.  Hope you like!

Butterfly Swap Caterpillar To Butterfly

Butterfly Swap
Caterpillar To Butterfly

I sought an image that represented a caterpillar’s change into a butterfly.  I found this image and immediately knew it was the one.  With some re-sizing and tracing with a light box I colored it with combination of micron pens, Tombow markers and Faber Castell pencils.  The background is a Prima Marketing pad.  I die cut some tiny butterflies and branches with dies from Impression Obsession and added some fitting words from Tim Holtz and one tiny tattered flower of his as well.  I love the idea of the caterpillar looking into the mirror and seeing the other side of who she will become.  There’s something pretty profound in that. Huh…..


Butterfly Swap Steampunk Butterfly

Butterfly Swap
Steampunk Butterfly

Since I’m a fan of steampunk, I couldn’t resist the idea of a steampunk butterfly.  The majority of these were done with Tim Holtz items, from the background paper, to the Gearhead dies, to the words.  The butterfly is a stamp and die set from the Art C brand that I happened to pick up from Michael’s.  I used my Liquitex inks for the colors and splotches on each card.


Butterfly Swap Girl Power

Butterfly Swap
Girl Power

This one took some trial and error but again the idea had been in my head for a while.  I won’t bore you with the trial and error parts of which there were many.  I used Dylusions sprays for the backgrounds followed by the Dina Wakely stamp set called Gal Quotes.  I only partially stamped the images since I didn’t want the hair.  They were getting my stylized butterfly hair!  I searched every stamp set I own and couldn’t believe I couldn’t find one with a small enough butterfly to fit my need!  Finally, the very last stamp set which is some obscure set I got as a give away had one!  I couldn’t believe it.  I used various colors of Archival Inks for the hair and then a bit of Peerless watercolors for a little “makeup” and clothing colors.  A teenie tiny Impression Obsession butterfly die was used for their hair ornament.

Hope you enjoyed my butterfly swap cards!






ATC Cards, Mixed Media

Artist Trading Cards

I discovered artist trading cards earlier this year and have so enjoyed making and trading them.  ATCs as they’re known, are small pieces of art that you create to trade with other artists through online forums. is the forum that I’ve become a member of and I’ve just been having so much fun creating interesting art and meeting so many amazingly creative people.  The only rule to ATCs is that they must be 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size.  When I first thought about that I was beyond afraid!  It’s so tiny!  But now I find it relaxing and challenging at the same time.  Below are cards I made for a  recent swap.  Hope you like!

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Swap Under The Sea

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Swap
Under The Sea

I made a full turquoise glitter background and added cut images which were colored with Copics.

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Wings

Glitter, Glitz & Bling

I used a text stamp and distress inks for the background then embossed and colored this pretty butterfly with Zigg clean brush markers.  Then just added some bling here and there.  Gotta love my butterflies!

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Flirt

Glitter, Glitz & Bling

Found this lovely couple in a Graphic45 paper pad I had.  It doesn’t show in the picture, but I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker to add glitter to areas on their clothing, then added some flourishing bling, and lace.  I also took a chipboard clock I had and used glossy accents to give it some shine.


Glitter, Glitz & Bling Wishes

This was one of my favorites and the person who received it in the swap sent me such a wonderful note about how much she loved this fairy.  I also ended up making a second one since another person saw it and requested a trade for this piece.  So nice to know my efforts were appreciated.  I did a simple blended background with distress inks.  I stamped my fairy with archival ink quite a few times with my Misti to get a nice solid image.  She was then embossed with clear embossing powder on her body and a sparkling shimmer embossing powder on the dandelion.  I used my spectrum noir sparkle markers on her fairy wings and added some sequins floating down with the dandelions.

I hope you enjoyed and I’ll post some other ATCs; and please go check out, it’s quite an interesting eclectic forum for all artists!