ATC’s “Under the Sea”

Hi all it’s me Bea from bee’s atelier. I’m here to share some inspirational pictures and a video how I make ATC’s.

I had lately made an mini-album with the Sea and Beach theme. So I decided to make some ATC’s in this theme again. After all I have to fill that mini-album, don’t you think?

When I start a project I usually have a vague idea in which direction I wanna go. I knew it had to be something with fishes. So I was looking around in the studio what I can use. I didn’t have any fish scrapbookpaper, but I did have a stamp and I also have yarn and fabric in Sea colors.

For me having materials ready when I want to do something is important. If I have first to go out and shop, just doesn’t work for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do not buy everything I come across, I have to like it either the color or the shape and form. I rarely can say what I’m looking for when I go shoping, but when I see and like it (and can afford it) I pick it. And I also collect things from the daily life, which other people might throw out as junk. Just to be prepared when the muse strikes me. Another thing about creativity, you have to practice on a regular schedule, or as Pablo Picasso said once: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” I find that to be really true.

But now let us get more in practice

I started with a piece of watercolor paper in the size 6 ¾ inch by 4 4/4 inch. I usually make more then one ATC at the time. I started playing around with ideas for backgrounds and decided to use Punchinella as stencils for the first layer.


I then sprayed in blue, teal, green and white colors with the sprays in the next picture


And that’s what it looked like after spraying and dripping


Next I added some stamping with Versamark and sprinkled two different colors of Embossing powder.

And here the stampsets I have used for the ATC’s


Next I have used two colors of embossing powders.


I have cut the cards to the size of 3 3/8 by 2 3/8 inch, as I wanted to add a mat in the correct size of 3,5 by 2,5 inch of the ATC’s to give a border.


I then stamped the fishes and used the watercolor Inktense pencils from Derwent.


I went over them several times with different shades and colors.


And here are the final result. I’m curious what you are up; please come join us at the Facebook Group Gauche Alchemy Studios and share with us!


and here is a video for the whole process. Enjoy

til next time


Creating a Mini Journal using Artist Trading Cards

Hello!  Official Alchemist Ashley Findlow here.  Today I want to show you how I made this quick and easy Mini Art Journal using simple ATCs.  I found myself using many of the items included in my Wandering Soul Kit I received from Gauche Alchemy.  A complete list of items used will follow the tutorial.



Begin by deciding how many pages you’d like your mini journal to have.  I chose 5.

I began with 5 basic playing cards.

I began with 5 basic playing cards.

I covered all the cards with a couple coats of gesso.  Some folks may choose to lightly sand the playing cards before applying the gesso- I find that it isn’t necessary.  But, by all means, do it if it makes you happy!  :)

I added a very quick and inconsistent swipe of Opal Magic paint to one side of a couple of my cards.

I put two very thin coats of gesso on all the cards. Some with white and some with black. I used Art Alchemy (Finnabair) Opal Magic paint on one card of each color.

I put two very thin coats of gesso on both sides of all the cards. Some with white and some with black.
I used Art Alchemy (Finnabair) Opal Magic paint on one card of each color.   The color of paint I chose to use is Pink-Blue.  It appears to be Pink when put on a black surface, yet it appears Blue when applied to white surfaces.  How fun!

I always find things more interesting when they have texture.  It doesn’t have to be a lot.

I slapped on some pink paint with my finger, and topped them off by running some colored modeling paste over a stencil.

I slapped on some pink paint with my finger, and topped them off by running some colored modeling paste over a stencil.  I love adding texture to my simple Artist Trading Cards.

I dug through my piles and piles and piles and piles of fun and interesting papers and ephemera to find the items I thought were just perfect for this project! Featured here: UNDRESSED Mixed Media kit  and SEE-THRU Patterned Vellum pack. Once satisfied, I glued them on with my favorite product ever: Glue and Seal. (Matte, of course.)

I decided how to decorate the other cards, as well as the other sides of the cards.

I decided how to decorate the other cards, as well as the other sides of the cards.  I used plenty of items I received in the Gauche Alchemy kit “Wandering Soul”.  From patterned vellum to foil tissue paper, to punchinella and book pages, and more!

A quick and easy way to add color and texture is by using these hole reinforcements.  They are very cheap, and there are many ways you can personalize them.  I chose to spray with ink and them to stamp them with archival ink.  Be sure to use permanent ink when spraying these guys, or you’ll have a mess later on!

After the cards were completely decorated, I punch one hole near the center of the left side of each of the 5 cards. Then I reinforced the holes with these inked and stamped reinforcements.

After the cards were completely decorated, I punch one hole near the center of the left side of each of the 5 cards. Then I reinforced the holes with these inked and stamped reinforcements.

Some of the ATC details:

One of the "pages" in the mini ATC journal.

One of the “pages” in the mini ATC journal.  I added texture here by using joint tape.   I used some heavy matte medium to adhere the bigger items, and a thinner matte medium for the smaller items, like stickers.


My favorite page!

My favorite page!  I wrote my words with a white UniBall Signo gel pen, added some punchinella I got in my Wandering Soul Kit from Gauche Alchemy, a little jute cord, and a piece of paper ephemera to finish it up.


Here are photos of the finished Mini Art Journal:






This is the back of my mini journal.



To make this project I used:

5 Playing Cards

Single Hole Puncher

Various Items from Wandering Soul Mixed Media Kit

Dylusions paints

Art Alchemy Opal Magic Paint

Matte Medium


Paper Ephemera (Gauche Alchemy Variety Ephemera Pack is perfect for this!)

Jute Cord


Heavy Matte Medium



Prima Marketing Gypsy Cord

Joint Tape


There were a few other odds and ends like a stapler, etc. that I used.  I hope that this has inspired you to start creating your own Mini Art Journal!  Please head over to our Facebook group, Gauche Alchemy Studios, for more inspiring project ideas and to share your creations. Next month we will be offering a new inspiration topic; so stay tuned!

Happy Crafting!


To the Moon!

Hi everyone! Alchemist Marilyn here and with a theme involving the moon and it being the month of October, well I just couldn’t resist. I HAD to create a couple of moon-themed Halloween projects. Being an October birthday girl, it’s in my blood. Bwahahahahaha!

Halloween ATC by Marilyn Hughes

For Moon Cat, I started with a black ATC and stamped my images in white ink. I first stamped the stars and the moon (embossing the moon) and then masked over them and stamped the wording. Add a fence from UmWowStudios, a black cat from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, and a pumpkin from Unique Laser Designs and I have a cute little Halloween ATC.

Halloween tag by Marilyn Hughes

For my Spooky Ghost tag, I once again started with a black base. I used a template to draw my big moon and then some white acrylic paint to color it in. The sayings are stenciled in white ink (from Retro Cafe Art Gallery) and I bordered two sides of the tag with some Halloween themed washi tape. Next I took a bat, tree and several ghosts (from Unique Laser Designs), painted them appropriately, then applied them to my tag. A cute little owl charm with red Stickles eyes sits in the branch of the tree. The jack-o-lanterns along the left side of my stash were some buttons I found hanging out in my stash.

While I went the Halloween route with my project, you don’t have to. Let the moon, stars, lovers, and words guide you to the perfect project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Until later………

Alchemist Linda Brun

As we gear up to get started on our new challenge blog, we’d like to reintroduce our Alchemists to you all. 😀 Be sure to visit their blog and various social media hang outs, they’d love to see you around!

First up is Alchemist Linda Brun!

mixed media artist Linda Brun

Hi. I live in Norway and I’m always on the look out for a new technique or product to try out. I love to play with textures and mediums and I tend to use bright colours. I’m creative 24/7 in some way or another and I savor every moment of it. One of my favorite things to do is to teach mix-media techniques and attend crops to meet other creative people. My goal is to inspire and to be inspired every day.

Here are some of our favorite pieces of Linda’s work:

mixed media scrapbook layout

mixed media vintage paper bags

mixed media art journaling

mixed media ATCs

We look forward to seeing more from Linda as our challenges are revealed! Be sure to join us here on 8/1 for our first official challenge and throughout the whole month of July as we reintroduce our awesome Alchemists! 😀

Love, ATC Style

Hi there creative people, Linda here. Today I want to spread some glamour and color all over your screen! I’ve been playing with some yummy new stuff from the Gauche Alchemy shop: Sequin Color Sets and let me tell you, they bring the glamour needed on any project!

mixed media sequin ATCs by Linda Brun

I decided to make 3 ATCs with the theme LOVE, just because I loved doing them. I made a background with white gesso and 3 different types of punchinella: 20mm 1yard blackpvc sunburst 4 x 12 and the Punchinella Variety pack on black cardstock.

mixed media sequin ATC by Linda Brun

I used a palette knife to spread the gesso over the punchinella mask, this way you get an even layer of gesso. When the gesso was dry I added some mist in chosen colors. When this was dry I  made hearts on the background with glossy accent glue.

mixed media ATC by Linda Brun

On top of the glue I added small sequins from the Sequin Color Setsbluesilver and pink.

Mixed media ATC by Linda Brun

Finally, I added a sentiment on each ATC. Now they are ready to be swapped with someone! If you are interested in swapping an ATC with me, please leave a comment here and I can swap with 3 people, one ATC each. :)

Thank you for looking and I hope this inspired you to play with colors, glamour and of course maybe create an ATC or two!