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Art for Scrapbooking
03-04-2013, 12:06 AM
WELCOME TO THE GDS ATC CHALLENGE/SWAP
Than you to those who participated in our first challenge in February.

This month lets talk about Backgrounds.

When you make artist trading cards, the starting point is the background.
If you were making ATC the traditional way you could look around for sources of card with interesting patterns and textures, or you could paint your own or create backgrounds with rubber stamps.

Digitally there are a wealth of designer papers intended for scrapbooking that can be used. Even elements such as tags or mats can make useful backgrounds. Remember we are working small.
Look out for interesting textures like old wood or paint or I love old books and text. You don't need to reduce the size of these but just use a part of them.
ATC are not the same as making a digital scrapbook layout so it is a good idea to look at yours on your screen at full size [3.5x2.5in]and see how it looks on an ATC. The details you put in a scrapbook layout may be lost.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk163/demiurgia/backgrounds_zps7cd38477.jpg
Backgrounds can also become the inspiration for your ATC.
Maybe you see a paper that suggest something to you - go with it. Maybe it is a time of your life or a place you have visited or even a thought you have had. As you look through your scrapbook or image supplies if one grabs you try closing your eyes and seeing what images come to mind. These could be the basis for your theme.
Another idea for backgrounds is to look at brushes or digital stamps. You could repeat a brush or stamp it big only using a part of it on your background.
As you all use your computer you can also look at digital ways to make backgrounds. Perhaps your own photos or scans. You can even manipulate these with filters in your chosen graphic program to make backgrounds. the possibilities are endless.

I have a gift for you but you do not have to use this to make your ATC unless you wish too. We love seeing your own creativity.
If this inspires you you can download it here. (http://http://www.artforscrapbooking.com/GDS/afs_backgrounds_atc_SAMPLE.zip)

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk163/demiurgia/afs_backgrounds_atc-Copy_zps6d202dc5.jpg



ALSO TO MAKE IT EASY to get the size right I HAVE PREPARED SOME TEMPLATES IN PSD AND JPG FOR YOU.
You can get them here. (http://www.artforscrapbooking.com/GDS/afs_ATCtemplates.zip)

The theme is open this month just think about your background and maybe share something about it - why you used it, how it inspired you. Once you have your background under control go ahead and finish your ATC off with whatever elements text photos you get inspired to use.


WHAT TO DO
The finished size should be 2.5 x 3.5inches You can work larger if you wish and downsize. I like to make mine at that size.
You should save it as a jpg file and email it to me [fullsize pls ie 300ppi 2.5x3.5inch] at sharon@artforscrapbooking.com.
Also post it in the gallery here (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=1320) in our special album. [rezise down to 72ppi 600px.]
At the end of the month I will send all the files to each participant
If you wish to go hybrid and then scan at the end that is cool too as long as the finished ATC is a jpg file - at 300ppi 2.5x3.5inches.

[I]
They will only be swapped within this group.

As there is swapping involved you need to be careful about individual designers TOU. Many and most don't allow us to give things to others.
We encourage the use of items you make yourself or item from GDS designers. This is not a requirement but if you use anyone not listed you must have permission to use for this purpose.
Keep in mind we are working small and most digital scrapbook kits will not be suitable. Downsizing can change the quality of the image. That being said you may choose to use a portion or crop parts to use.

The following designers at GDS have approved use of their products ONLY for the purposes of swapping within this group.

Art For Scrapbooking [my ATC products and CU products may be used for swaps here and elsewhere where no payment is involved. My other products may be used for this swap.]

Keystone Scraps
Andrea Gold
JAB Digital Designs
Studio4 Designworks
Seoul 2 Soul Scraps
Designs by Marcie
Eirene Designs
Karen Diamond Designs

So lets all have fun and have a go.
You may even become addicted.
*woot

Els AW
03-04-2013, 12:16 AM
:wink: as I am allready addicted to ATC, I'm in this month again!

Art for Scrapbooking
03-04-2013, 01:46 PM
:wink: as I am allready addicted to ATC, I'm in this month again!
Fantastic Els :wink:

33bells
03-04-2013, 04:54 PM
I'm not sure I have the ability to get into this, but the background seems an easy place to start so here is my try. (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=117051&title=floral-fantasy&cat=1320)

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/medium/ATC-Challenge-72ppi.jpg

Art for Scrapbooking
03-04-2013, 09:36 PM
I am sure you have the ability :wink: Just go with what you like. I would love to know how you created your background if you feel like sharing. The soft leaves are really pretty.

33bells
03-05-2013, 12:10 PM
Thank you. It was actually an accident. I pressed the wrong shortcut and inverted the colors on the background of a photo I took. The photo was a closeup of a flowering tree that I thought I might use as a scrapbook background. I've found on a few occasions that inverting the colors of a background in Photoshop gives surprisingly nice colors.

Art for Scrapbooking
03-05-2013, 01:48 PM
Ah I thought it looked a bit like a negative. One of my favourite things is playing with filters and blending modes. What program do you use ?

33bells
03-06-2013, 06:38 AM
Photoshop CS5. Also sometimes some OnOne and Topaz plugins, especially to clean up photos. I like to play with blending modes also but am rarely happy with the results so usually leave it at normal. Ctr I is the command for "invert." It used to be (for me) the command for size, so I sometimes end up using it by mistake. Several times liked the effect, especially for backgrounds, so I use it occasionally on purpose. :)

Ingrid1963
03-06-2013, 01:02 PM
I'll be back :laugh:

hivart
03-11-2013, 04:27 AM
Hi Sharon
I need your help, please...
I'd like to participate this month but I've deleted your message with the size in french, I don't use photoshop but printmaster and I'm lost...:confused1:
thank you so much!

I've done two "cards":
http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/atc11.jpg (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=117246&title=atc11&cat=1320)

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/atc14.jpg (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=117245&title=atc14&cat=1320)

If I had to delete them, send me a pm, I'll do it fast!
cath

Art for Scrapbooking
03-11-2013, 04:52 AM
Hi Sharon
I need your help, please...
I'd like to participate this month but I've deleted your message with the size in french, I don't use photoshop but printmaster and I'm lost...:confused1:
thank you so much!
cath

La taille lorsque vous avez terminé devrait être la prochaine fois 2,5 x 3,5 pouces.
En centimètres 6,35 x 8,89
La mesure est aussi 750 x 1050 pixels à 300 dpi
Je suis heureux de vous joindre à nous

33bells
03-12-2013, 07:16 AM
Hope you figure it out, cath. They are beautiful. I especially love the second one since I have a soft spot for that kind of landscape!

Art for Scrapbooking
03-12-2013, 02:05 PM
I think they are beautiful too. Lovely textures on them as well. I am so glad you joined in.

Ingrid1963
03-15-2013, 01:15 PM
I'll be back :laugh:

:no: I'm not going to make it before I go on vacation.
I have to skip this month.
I'll be back for next month's challenge

Els AW
03-15-2013, 01:43 PM
Have a nice vacation Ingrid, with a lot of rest!! :wink:

Art for Scrapbooking
03-15-2013, 02:13 PM
Oh lucky you have a wonderful vacation.

suslyn
03-16-2013, 07:46 AM
Cath, these are fabulous. If this is what you do when you're lost I can't wait to see what you do when you are confident!! Wonderful!!

suslyn
03-16-2013, 08:34 AM
Thanks Sharon!

I've never made a background before that was specifically for an ATC...

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/medium/GDS_ATCMar_4OSAi_suslynbkgrnd.jpg

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/medium/GDS_ATCMar_4OSAi_suslyn.jpg

Art for Scrapbooking
03-16-2013, 03:00 PM
Love it Susan fantastic background and love the finished ATC.I am thinking I am gonna play make me some more lol.

33bells
03-16-2013, 03:37 PM
What a beautiful layout, Susan. I am trying to learn about ATC and this with the finished product helps me to understand better. Thank you!

suslyn
03-17-2013, 04:20 AM
What a beautiful layout, Susan. I am trying to learn about ATC and this with the finished product helps me to understand better. Thank you!

That's fabulous!! What a bonus for me :) Thx for sharing :)

jakrn
03-26-2013, 09:04 AM
Here's my attempt. I am not totally sure that I understand the concept of ATC. Have you done a tutorial or is there more information somewhere where I can learn more?

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/ATC-Swap.jpg

I used 1 paper and 3 elements from What Could Be by Studio (https://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_dnld_info&cPath=29_164&products_id=12017)4 Designworks because of then paper's unique design. The quote is from the Marshfield Clinic's advertising slogan.

Art for Scrapbooking
03-26-2013, 02:22 PM
Here's my attempt. I am not totally sure that I understand the concept of ATC. Have you done a tutorial or is there more information somewhere where I can learn more?

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/ATC-Swap.jpg

I used 1 paper and 3 elements from What Could Be by Studio (https://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_dnld_info&cPath=29_164&products_id=12017)4 Designworks because of then paper's unique design. The quote is from the Marshfield Clinic's advertising slogan.

Joyce it is beautiful. I love it. I got your email as well. Thanks so much for joining in. I have some more information on my blog here (http://www.artforscrapbooking.com/new-atc-challenge-and-swap-at-gds/) about the history of ATC. There are not really rules other then the size but each month I will look at different aspects. Next month we will talk about text.

jakrn
03-26-2013, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the info, Sharon!

Els AW
03-30-2013, 09:54 AM
Oops, I almost forgot this!
Here is my background: I used a basic color light green and a style from Andrea Gold. Then with a brush that comes with photoshop I made the borders in 3 colors.

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/medium/2013-03-30-background.jpg

Then I used my own drawings to finish this Spring ATC.

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/1320/medium/2013-03-30-atc.jpg

(I used your template, but first I tried to turn it. I like standing ATC better but it didn't work) :wink:

Art for Scrapbooking
03-30-2013, 02:50 PM
Fantastic Els - love it and thanks so much for joining in again.

Art for Scrapbooking
04-09-2013, 12:09 AM
Thanks so much for joining in the challenge this month. I am sending the link to the bundle of out ATC to those swapping. I apologise for being late we have decided to sell our house and te last 4 weeks have been crazy lol. I will have Aprils challenge up very soon.

Els AW
04-09-2013, 12:15 AM
Sometimes real life is more important! :twitcy:

Good luck on selling the house!

Art for Scrapbooking
04-09-2013, 01:10 AM
Thanks Els. the worst part was cleaning it lol. We are looking at moving to something much smaller now there are just two of us. :wink:

Els AW
04-09-2013, 02:28 AM
How is the 'house-market' in Australia?
In the Netherlands it is very hard to sell a house.:rolleyes1:

Art for Scrapbooking
04-09-2013, 03:04 AM
How is the 'house-market' in Australia?
In the Netherlands it is very hard to sell a house.:rolleyes1:
It is better in some places then others. where I am is not too bad. Prices are not high and they are sitting for a couple of months but when we buy it will be lower prices as well. We can only try and cross our fingers. My house is on the internet if you want to look it is here. (http://raywhitestrathpine.com.au/qld/strathpine/950789/)

Els AW
04-09-2013, 03:15 AM
:wink: Thanks for the view!
What a beautiful house and I love all the colors you used for the walls!
I will keep my fingers crosst (well... in my mind...) for you!

Art for Scrapbooking
04-09-2013, 03:30 AM
Thanks Els looking at them I can see I love purple lol. I think that makes it harder to sell actually but someone may fall in love with it.

Els AW
04-09-2013, 04:06 AM
You will never know!
Suppose you paint it all white and someone comes and tells you it would be nicer not so white - maybe purple! LOL!

I guess people cannot 'see through' those things anymore, no imagination of their own.
I once heard someone visiting a house for sale, saying he didn't like the couch and the table!