Polar Bear ATC

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This was a fun ATC to put together – I love how it turned out! Creative Crafty Friends had a swap going for three altered playing cards turned into Christmas ATCs. I showed you my vintage Santa Clause not long ago. Today let’s see how this sweet little polar bear ATC came together.

I began with these three leftovers of scrapbook paper. I used to have a lot of 12×12 sheets, when we moved I cut them down into smaller pieces to make storage a bit easier. I thought these three pieces would work well together.

The edge of the beige piece was already hand torn from the earlier Santa Clause ATC, I just added ink along the top. Pretty sure that was Tahiti in the Dyestress Ink Pad line. I adhered it to the blue backing with scor tape.

I tore the top of the floral piece, inked the edge with the same color and attached it to the base layers. I didn’t worry about the sizes being all crazy. I glued this whole piece to one side of the playing card with scor tape.

Then trimmed around the playing card from the back side and inked all the way around with the same Tahiti blue. When I ink edges I pretty much always scuff some color across the surface. I usually get a bit of that happening just from inking around the ATC so I thought why not make it look intentional.

I knew I wanted to use this sweet little polar bear that came on a collage sheet from Joggles. So I trimmed him out and started looking at placement. Right away I noticed the background was too dark, too flowery for a location a polar bear would be found in.

So I pulled out a bottle of white craft paint and a paintbrush . . .

. . . and dry brushed some white right over the top. I liked it much better but it still looked a little too flowery. The Tahiti ink pad took care of that! Hahaha!

My polar bear was lonely. Hahaha! Joggles has another collage sheet of bunnies and gnomes and this little guy was the perfect size. And it looks just like he brought that Christmas package for the bear. Prior to putting them in place I ran the pieces through my sticker machine, then stuck them onto the ATC.

Details. Many times it is all about the details. I used my clear glitter gelly roll pen to add sparkles on the ribbon, the scarf, the bunny’s ear and the bear’s paw. And although you can’t see it well in this particular photo – I also went over each of the scrolls of the gold piece with clear glitter. A gold gelly roll pen added some highlight lines around the bottom section. And that Peace charm was the perfect finishing touch!

Here is the back side. Remember – a playing card is the same size as an ATC. That makes it easy to have a sturdy backing for your ATC and it adds a sweet little bit of interest for the new owner.

I love it! The three playing cards I adapted for Christmas all went to a sweet lady who has been sick. I know she received them – I hope they made her feel a little special. And from our house to yours – Merry Christmas!!!

8 thoughts on “Polar Bear ATC

  1. That certainly got wintery looking for the polar bear & rabbit. The colour of the Peace token really highlights both the bear’s scarf & the ribbon on the gift. Those sparkly additions really make it so eye-catching &, as you say, it’s all in the details.

    • thanks, Evy, I really liked the polar bear ATC. and the rabbit! I wanted to keep them both

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