One of my favorite techniques for making ATC's is to start with a "Motherboard" collage, then cut the board into the 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" sizes for my ATC's.
You will be happily surprised at the wonderful backgrounds that come out of this technique.
1.) Start with a piece of 8" x 12" (or any other like size) of light cardboard (I use cereal boxes) or heavy paper.
2.) Glue tissue paper, scrapbook pieces, string, and little things cut out of magazines to make one big collage. There does not have to be a theme yet, just use what materials you have.
3.) Cut it into the size for your ATCs.
On top of your background, you can add more embellishments to finish your ATC for whatever project you need them for.
Confused at this point? Please don't hesitate to contact me; I'll be glad to help.
Thanks Mary! You have inspired us with a great new way to create fantastically textured backgrounds.
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