Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Monday, April 18, 2022

Black and White ATCs and a card made for swap

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! Back 2 months ago in February I was invited to join a small card crafting club in Facebook that makes either greeting cards or ATCs. Each month the administrator/moderators create 10 events and to stay active in the group you must participate in at least 1 event each month. I signed up for just 1 event in February then 2 events in March, and now 3 events in April!!!! The same admin prepare the swap partners' list for each event. Group ownership took a change and then a name change occurred for this private group (was Card Crafting Club and now is For the Love of Cards). 

This posting is to share the Black and White event. I first decided to tackle making an ATC and then decided because they're little that I might as well make 4. However I'm only showing 3. 1 was personalized so I'm not showing. 

The 2 with the color puffy alphas are not going to my swap partner. Haven't decided who these will be sent to, so it's nice to have something extra made and ready to mail. With the event being black and white ONLY, the ATC with black 'hi' alphas is the one being mailed to my assigned club member. 

ATCs in black and white=

Some design and vendor notes: 

a. ATC size is the 2.5" x 3.5" dimensions

b. black and white buffalo check/plaid paper is from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby

c. the 2 paper washi tapes are Pen + Gear

d. cording and alphas are stash items; and also the cardstocks

 and then since I like to do more, I made a black and white greeting card to also send to my assigned swap receiver --
confession: I was a bit stumped for awhile! I didn't want to use the same things used on the ATC yet I was doing some hard thinking about what do I have that can be used...

Design notes: Hot Off the Press gingham paper--it is black--really-- on the left; an adult coloring book piece is shown on the right with some areas filled in with black marker (excited about finding this in one of my paper boxes!!!); 1/4 of a doily tucked under the Heidi Swapp tag; I outlined the 'say what' that was on the tag then stamped the "Thank you". I also added a clear gem, a label sticker wrapped over the top, and a jumbo white paperclip with a sheer ribbon that started as white but I streaked black marker on to get the faded black look! So after all items came together, I'm actually pleased with the results with this large flat card. I think the black base is 5"x 7".

Hopefully my For the Love of Cards group swapee likes these. Now I have to get busy and make something with circles on it and then I get to do one with finger painting! Messy playtime! 

This swap event of black and white was a good mental challenge for me. I was having some brain scrambling trying to figure out how to have texture, layers, varying scale in the patterns, and enough visual contrast of black and white. 


challenge blogs and other Facebook groups where I'll share the card or the ATC:

a. Make My Monday challenge blog; Use Washi Tape theme requirement; [my ATC has 2 different tapes used on an angle; NEW follower


b. Crafty Calendar Challenge; April 2022; Anything But Square; [rectangle= for both; will focus on ATC]; NEW follower


c. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; April 17th; anything goes


d. Paper, Paper, Paper & DT Calls group in FB; sharing site for crafters, DT members, challenge blog owners....

e. For the Love of Cards group in FB; this black and white ATC and greeting card for one of 10 events for April 2022; I've signed up for 3 of the 10....

f. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; ink outlining around the open alphas on the tag, ink stamping, ink/marker to add black to the white ribbon, use of paperclip; on the ATC= use of cording, washi tapes, vinyl alphas


Crafting in the USA heartland,

Becca S

these are not for a DT commitment or for either one of my own new challenge blogs


personal crafting blog= Becca's Heart for Creativity

challenge blogs= FarmQuest Challenge Blog and Heart's Quest Challenge Blog


  1. Wonderful black and white projects Becca - it can be quite a challenge at times! The part colouring book page is fabulous there.

  2. A fabulous set of ATCs so striking in black and white with the bold greeting. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

  3. Wonderful use of your washi tape Becca,the pops of colour in the sentiment look beautiful against the black and white,thank you for joining in the challenge at MMM

  4. Such lovely creations. I love the tape you've used. Thanks for joining my challenge over at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

  5. Hi Becca, a fabulous set of black and white ATC's, Love the use of the colouring page on the card front too. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF


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