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FEBRUARY ATC CHALLENGE OFTHE MONTH

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Group:Tim Holtz Challenges
Swap Coordinator:PeggyO (contact)
Swap categories: Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:6
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.98
Last day to signup/drop:February 6, 2018
Date items must be sent by:February 28, 2018
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

This is the February ATC Challenge of the Month and requires you to make an ATC card (2 1/2" x 3 1/2 inches) with a February theme such as Valentine’s Day; Ground Hog's Day; Presidents' Day (patriotic); or ice skating, sledding, skiing, etc. This is sender's choice, allowing you to get started right away on this ATC if you'd like.

Be certain your ATC is the exact size described above and that it has a sturdy cardboard backing and a neatly finished back of the card where you will put the group name, swap name, date, and your Swap-Bot name so that your partner can easily rate your ATC. Additionally, you need to USE at LEAST 3 OFFICIAL Tim Holtz products--paper, stamps, stencils, die cuts, Distress inks, Distress Crayons, Distress Oxide inks, metal ephemera, paper ephemera, etc. Challenge yourself here if you have some products that are new to you. Check out "how-to" videos for ways of using them on YouTube.

Avoid stickers completely or use only Tim Holtz ones (won’t find many!). His style doesn’t really lend itself to much use of stickers.

To receive a 5 rating, you must have the 3 Tim Holtz products or techniques. You may want to point out the 3 things you use in your note to your partner. I like to have a short note from my sending-to-me partner—just a few sentences about the swap or how they are doing with their crafts and arts and favorite kind of swaps, etc. It needn’t be long---just a kind hello, how are you, I’ve been busy doing . . . and so on, just adding a bit of a personal touch to the swap and helping you and your partner get acquainted.

Deadline for joining swap is February 6; sending deadline is February 28.

For those who like to make sender's choice swaps in advance, these are the next few ATC Monthly Challenges: *March----St. Patrick’s Day; Windy and Rainy; early flowers such as daffodils, tulips, crocus (which I’ve seen popping up through the snow!). * April---- Spring is Coming or already well established (depending on where you live) -- April Showers Bring May Flowers,. . ., Gardening, etc. *May---Those flowers brought on by April showers, full burst of blooming; Memorial Day (patriotic); Gardening. *June---Summer’s early and first flash--all is a lush, new green or in bloom and both; Reminds me of the song “June is Bursting Out All Over”; Flag Day (June 14) --Patriotic theme; Picnics, long walks or bicycle rides and then a picnic, etc.; swimming at the pools, lakes, ponds, etc.; Road trips and vacations.
*July—4th of July! Other ideas you may think of. If you don’t want to make several patriotic themed ATCs, you may want to hold off until July 4; road trips or vacations; swimming anywhere—pool, lake, pond, streams, etc. *August—HOTTEST weather in much of US, Fitting in one last fling for a road trip or week at the lake, etc. before school begins. Flowers still going strong, etc. Most importantly, have fun making these ATCs! Experiment with new products if that's a possibility for you! Check for Tim Holtz ATC Ideas on Pinterest to jump-start your creativity and get started with what you want to do for this month.

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