Monday, July 5, 2010

When Tag and ATC Collide

My online friend Shoshi has been working on combining greeting cards with her ATCs.  She makes a supply of card bases, attaches a pocket to hold an ATC, and is always ready when the need for a greeting cards arises.   A great idea.....I'm often asked (about ATCs), "what do you do with them?"  Well, I don't really feel a need to do anything with them, other than make, trade, and collect them, but other people are more practical than I.  So, using them as a focal point in a card or scrapbook page seems like a good solution.  Then the lightbulb went off above my thinking cap and I thought to myself, why not on a tag too?   We could get into a discussion about what you do with tags, but let's not.
Anyway.....I'm in a beach-themed tag swap, and created one with a sewn on (yep, sewn with a sewing machine,  by me) pocket for the ATC.  Here's the whole enchilada:
I used both Graphic 45 paper from the On The Boardwalk collection, and some leftover DCWV Mariposa paper on the tag. The pocket and top border are finished with the Stampin' Up Eyelet border punch.  The words On The Boardwalk are straight from the Graphic 45 paper, and a bit of Tim's Filmstrip Ribbon fit right over them.  I love when products from different companies play nice together.
As for the ATC, the background is NOT paper.  It is actually a scrap of fabric I had and I sewed (yes, sewed again, on a machine) it onto a cardboard ATC base with (in my very unhumble opinion) a very neat zig zag stitch.  Here's a closer look:
I strung together some beads and shells, and the only other decoration needed for this rather busy fabric background is the vintage bathing beauty, again, from the Graphic 45 Boardwalk collection.  Did I mention that I used fabric and a sewing machine?

13 comments:

Dorothy said...

simply beautiful!!

Tammy D said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Patsy said...

I really like the added touch of the shells on this tag. Of course,
the papers are beautful also. Love
seeing what you do with paper, Eileen. You are amazing!

Diann said...

Love how you combined various ART mediums to create your wonderful ATC Tag - just love this! Diann

Chrystal S said...

Stunning!

Kerry said...

Love the blue - my favorite color. The Graphic 45 paper is really fantastic, love your sewing - love everything about the tag. Simply put, it's Eileen! Thanks for sharing.

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

This is just breathtaking! I love how this came out, so original (like you). What a fantastic job you've done - beautiful!

By the way - don't you just love Graphic 45's Alice in Wonderland papers?!!!!

Elaine Allen

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE this idea Eileen...and what a wonderful creation!!!!

Victoria said...

A great tag/ATC combo.

jonaks said...

wow this is really gorgeous!

sue young said...

You go girl!With the sewing I mean! I feel like you do about it,and yet every time that I force myself to do it,I love the results! ABeautiful tag,Eileen! XO Sue

Lori said...

Well, you're really rockin' the sewing part! Gives a nice touch, doesn't it? Yes, it does. lol Great job, love the pocket idea!

Shoshi said...

Hey Eileen, that's great!!!! Gorgeous rich colours... I thought myself that tags would be good in the ATC pockets, too.

Thanks for the credit! I feel very flattered that I am giving inspiration to anybody! I am gaining so much from all of you, and I'm really only just starting with "serious" papercrafting.

Shoshi