I'm excited because I made my first ATB, Artist Trading Block, for those of you who had never heard of an ATB before. I hadn't heard of them until about a month ago. I saw some on Pinterest and I loved them. They have six 2 1/2" sides that can be embellished any way you chose. What fun! Eileen Hull has a nifty new die that she designed for Sizzix that cuts the boxes in 3 sizes. It not only cuts mat board and chip board but it also scores it. Scoring it makes it very easy to fold into shape. Brilliant! Well, without further rambling here is my first (but definitely not last) ATB.
I used Graphic 45's Couture set of papers. I love that set. I love '20s and '30s fashions as well as all things Art Deco. So, when these papers came out I was thrilled. But, I was trying to decide how I wanted to use them. When I finally got my ATB die I thought of these papers. I raided my stash of ribbons, lace, feathers, buttons and ribbon flowers to use as embellishments. I added some stick on rhinestones and started to collage each side. I painted the edges of each side black and scuffed up the edges so they would look worn. Then I covered each panel with a striped paper from the collection. I used some cut a parts to be the focal on each side and added the embellishments. Here are some details of the each side.
In the pictures you can see that I used turquoise fire polished rondels for the feet! Once I had finished the sides I decided to do something different for the top. I covered it with a different paper from the collection after cutting slits from the middle to about 1/2" in from the edge. That allowed me to roll the cuts back to reveal a picture below. Here's a picture.
I chose the picture I wanted to feature and glued that to the back of the paper with the slits. I glued the whole thing down to the top and rolled the cuts back. A little glue holds them in place. I then embellished with rhinestones and Kaisecraft Sparkles.
I can't wait to play with this idea more. ATBs are so much fun to do and because they aren't that big they don't take a lot of time to make. I've decided to enter this in the Frilly and Funkie challenge this week which is "On the Runway".
Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.