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Emboss-Resist ATC: ATC Workshop Book Technique

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Swap Coordinator:ChristineMM (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Art  Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:13
Last day to signup/drop:September 19, 2007
Date items must be sent by:October 8, 2007
Number of swap partners:2

3 ATCs to 2 Members, 6 ATCs total. This is an international swap. Minimum rating 4.7. No one with more than one “1� rating in their history. No newbie’s.

About this swap

This is the SIXTH ATC swap in this series and this time we will try the technique “Emboss-Resist� technique featured on page 50-51. The necessary ingredients for this swap are: brush, acrylic paint, stamp (rubber stamp type), clear embossing pad, clear embossing powder, heat gun, scrap paper or cardstock, iron.

General Info

We are continuing in the series of ATC swaps based on the techniques taught in Bernie Berlin’s book “Artist Trading Cards Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap� published in December 2006 by North Light Publishers. I submitted this idea to the forums here on Swap-bot and there has been interest expressed so here is the SIXTH swap that I am hosting.

If you already own this book perhaps you are itching to try some new techniques. Maybe you would like to see how others interpret this technique, so let’s swap ATCs with each other.

And if you don’t yet own this book and you want to learn some new and interesting techniques then perhaps you’d consider buying the book and joining our swap! NOTE I AM NOT THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK SO THE FACT THAT I AM HOSTING THIS SWAP IS NOT A METHOD OF SELF PROMOTION ON MY PART, despite the fact that I’ve been accused of doing that by a swap-bot member.

Before you commit to this swap please already own the book or have access to a copy from your library. Make sure you have the necessary tools and ingredients on hand before the swap closes. It would not be fair to sign up then not make the ATCs and say “I don’t own the book or the right materials�.

Due to the nature of this book being copyrighted and the fact that the whole book is based on teaching the reader art techniques I do not feel comfortable posting the full directions of this technique online as it could very well be against the law (a copyright violation).

The book is fantastic. If you don’t yet own it, you can purchase this book online through big bookseller sites or see if your local craft store or rubber stamp store is selling it. The ISBN-10 is 1581808488 and the ISBN-13 is 139781581808483. The book was published in the United State of America. I have no idea what the availability of this book is to foreign countries, but the swap is open to International members so long as you have the book and the materials and want to participate. (Someone told me that anyone can buy online from book vendors but will just pay more in shipping fees.)

Please allow ample time to make these ATCs. I have found through my own experience that when learning a new technique and when using new materials mistakes abound and errors are bound to happen in the experimentation process. So please give yourself enough time to make these ATCs so you can send out high quality work as well as send the ATCs out by the deadline.

The date to send the swap by is a rule of this swap. Please follow the rules.

You are free to join this swap and not join future swaps in this series. You are free to not join this one but to join other swaps in this series. You don’t have to sign up for all of them, just the ones you want to do and the ones that you have time to do!

Now that the rules are out of the way I wish you luck and fun while trying this technique.

If you want to read more about this book to see what it is like, I have published a book review of it on my blog which you can read here.


Thanks! Have fun!


boatingbelle 08/23/2007 #

This book is available from Amazon or Play.com. I've just requested it for my upcoming birthday!!

fearfulpenguin 08/23/2007 #

Have just bought this book and hope to learn a lot of new techniques, only problem is I need to buy lots of new things to try it all! I have one question re this swap / technique... does anyone know whether you can use an ordinary household iron for this, or do you need to buy a specific one?


ChristineMM 08/24/2007 #

I used my normal clothes iron. Just follow the directions to not ruin your iron or the surface you are ironing on.

Have fun!

ChristineMM 09/ 6/2007 #

Two things from your hostess:

  1. Please take the time to rate the swappers who sent you ATCs. (Some of my recipients for swaps in this series are not rating me so I know some of you are not doing ratings.)

  2. If anyone was flaked upon for this swap please PM me with the person's name. I want to ban anyone from my future swaps who flakes on past swaps of mine.


ChristineMM 09/10/2007 #

The next in my series based on this book are going to be the other two that involve UTEE, the glass resin and the resin fresco.

Recently the listowners made a policy that we are not to use the emails of swap participants to send an email announcning other swaps we're hosting. What timing, I was considering doing that as a way to tell you all of the upcoming swaps. Well, now I can't do it.

Keep checking the database to see what other swaps I'm hosting for the Bernie Berlin book techniques. You can also check my profile in the section that says "swaps I'm hosting".

Have fun everyone.

DJ 09/13/2007 #

After I signed up for this I went home last night and tried the technique. It was fun and produced some interesting backgrounds (and a burnt fingertip from my steam iron). The cards turned out to be mostly surprises after all was said and done and luckily, mostly good surprises. Also, like the book says, some of the paper I used to press the cards turned out cooler than the original. Very distressed looking (which I like). Fun! Thanks for hosting, Christine.

FarStarr 09/18/2007 #

I may have to drop this...my husband "cleaned" and my book is among the missing. I will drop if I don't find it by tomorrow night...:(

ChristineMM 09/20/2007 #

Partners have been assigned. Have fun swapping everyone!

ChristineMM 09/22/2007 #

I had used this technique back when I first bought the book.

Today I made about 15 backgrounds, it was fun.

I have about 7 finished, I collaged on top of the backgrounds. I'm having a fun making art day.

I tried some foam stamps I got at Michael's in the dollar bin. The thick foam parts of the stamp work well for allowing a larger amount of the original background color to show through for this technique.

Hope everyone else is having fun playing with this technique.

FarStarr 10/ 1/2007 #

I had fun playing with this last night. I find though that I like them without anything collaged on top. I also experimented with different colors of embossing powder with interesting results. Thanks Christine, for making me try something new!

animalchatter 10/ 1/2007 #

silverfishstudio and dorothy...your cards went in the mail this morning from Santa Fe! Hope you enjoy. Karen

FarStarr, I agree...I really had a great time with this technique and I found myself struggling with the idea of embellishments as I found some of them to look quite complete without them.

Also a big thank you to Christine for hosting this swap...who knows WHEN I would have decided on my own to try this techique!

FarStarr 10/ 1/2007 #

ATC's are on their way to Poggy123 and fearful penguin!

laury55 10/ 3/2007 #

posted mine this morning to animalchatter & alteredtome, please let me know when they arrive (a bit longer than usually as I live in Belgium)

ChristineMM 10/ 3/2007 #

If anyone wants to peek at 9 ATCs that I made in this method while making the ATCs for this swap, I just uploaded them to my blog. I got on a roll and made more than required for this swap. http://christinemmatcs.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-atcs-9-emboss-resist-method-atcs.html

DJ 10/ 8/2007 #

I went to mail these today and the p.o. is closed--I can still stick them in the mailbox but I don't know how much a bubble mailer costs to send...does anyone know? I already marked sent! Sorry.

DJ 10/ 8/2007 #

Disregard that ^ msg. I will mail them this evening at the post office using the self service mailing thingymabob. Sorry--forgot they had one of those.

fearfulpenguin 10/29/2007 #

Mine went out today - sorry they are so late!

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