Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chunky ATCs

So, what is a chunky ATC?  Well, for one thing, it is made out of a solid piece of wood, and most importantly, it is THICK!  The faces are regulation ATC size, 2 1/2" X 3 1/2", but they are a whopping 1 1/2" thick.  Obviously, they are not meant to go in an album, but rather, to be displayed on a shelf.
The intriguing thing about them is that you have not one, but five surfaces to decorate: front, back, sides and top. The bottom can be made pretty, but has to be flat so the piece can stand.
Gloria, one of the list moms at ATT is hosting a 3/3 swap of these beauties, and I really wanted to participate.  But being an apartment dweller, getting wood cut to size is not something I can just do on a whim.  But Gloria very kindly sent me a box of pre-cut pieces, so I could join in.

The photos are a little dark, but if you click on them, you'll get a much better view.

 
These are the fronts.  I covered them with metal from Ten Seconds Studio, which I embossed and sanded.  The vintage typewriters are from a Graphic 45 paper.  They were distressed a bit, mounted on cardboard, metal corners were added, and they were attached with foam so they're very dimensional.
The backs are also covered with embossed and sanded metal...different color.   I added some of Tim's ornate frames with text inside.
 
One side has another Graphic 45 paper of vintage pens, and I added an actual pen nib.  On the bottom is a faux typewriter key.  Hey, I think I have a theme going on here.


On the other side, atop the same Graphic 45 paper is a Tim stamp, done on grungepaper, inked and distressed.  Don't know how well you can see, but attached to the GP with one of Tim's mini pins are a spinner and a bird charm.


The tops are embellished with some numbers and black scrabble-like letters.
I also did a fourth for me to keep, and look forward to receiving three new ones when the swap is over.  I think they will look great on display, and have a spot in mind.

28 comments:

Scrapping Mom said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love them. These are so cool.
Celeste

Sherri Auld said...

These are so much fun! I love the dimensions and being able to alter more than just the front. This would be a great swap for ARTHaven.

Chrystal S said...

Oh my gosh! These are fabulous and they look like so much fun!!! Way cool! :)

Juliet A said...

These are amazing, but I don't know if I would want to have too many of them. I'm glad I can see yours.

Shirley said...

Adding the extra dimension...thickness made this a whole new art form...I love them!

Julie Ann said...

These are awesome!! I just love all the detail you put into them. They're fabulous!

Linda said...

Great take on ATCs! Hope you show us the 3 you get in return!

Linda

Nancy said...

These are wonderful, Eileen!! Glo's sending me wood, too .. can't wait to play!

Carol's Crafts said...

That is really cool. I bet they were a lot of fun to embellish. I love the metal you put on them, and all of Tim's stuff.

Dorothy said...

WOW Eileen!!!
These are great!! I love graphic 45 and what a great way to use it.
Fantastic work!!!

Sherry Goodloe said...

I love ALL of these Eileen! They are so "ME" *smiles*

Helen said...

I haven't seen these chunky ATC's over here, they are fab - beautifully altered of course - I must find me some. thanks for showing us.

Helena said...

Oh wow, Eileen. these are gorgeous!

Diann said...

These are wonderful Chunky ATC's, Eillen - I do love them! You used so many great ART elements from Graphic 45, TIM, metal...love how they turned out...can't wait to see what you get in return! Diann

Tamara Putvin said...

Eileen, I love your chunky ATC's what a fantastic idea.. I love dimension!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH Eileen...Those are FABULOUS!! Just so pretty...love how they turned out!

Lori said...

Sheesh, now I wish I would have entered that swap. These are absolutely THE BOMB! Love the metal, the G45 paper, everything! Hmmm, if you can't find a spot for the one you're keeping, you have my address, right? he he.

Linda Cain said...

Simply BRILLIANT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

you've done a great job Eileen! I've not even started mine yet!! yikes!

you're a great inspiration!

Bethan

scrappin-scrappin said...

These are fabulous Eileen!!! I seen you guys talking about them on ATT but didn't quite get it. I've never worked with the metal before, but the more I see of it I might have to give it a try!!

Elaine A said...

OUTSTANDING Eileen! These are just fabulous. What an awesome job you've done on them. I love all the detail you've incorporated into the ATC's. WONDERFUL!

Elaine Allen

Nanc said...

Oh my God. I think I want one of these. Wish I would have joined this swap but life got in the way. They are just wonderful. Oh dear me. Good job Eileen.

Wanda H said...

Very cool!! Love them!!!

2amscrapper said...

How great are these? I could really get into making some of these little chunky ATCs.

Heidi Davenport said...

Eileen,
These are super amazing! I want to make one. (You KNEW I would say that!)

Sandra said...

I love this idea of BLOCKED ATC... I must make some as soon as i can get me some wood.... Thank goodness i work for a school that had a Construction Adacemy Program...

Queen Of Toys said...

Love your blocked ATC was directed here by a friend of mine. Trully great work.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Your chunky ATCs came out really cool! Love 'em!