Sunday, September 18, 2011


Happy Monday Everybody!!!

I have to admit, I am new at ATCs.  I've only made a couple of traditional ATCs ... you will see those as part of a future challenge. (smile)

But for this challenge, I decided to make a chunky ATC.  I LOVE these! They are basically an ATC, only dimensional.  I have only made one other of these...but after making this one, I am quite sure I'll be making more.  They look so cute sitting on a shelf together.  Chunky ATCs can be as simple or as intricate as you can imagine them to be.

 I titled my Chunky ATC "Time Passages".  It reminds us of how quickly time flies. 

The ATC is made from chipboard that is put together with 1/4" Wonder Tape (on the inside).  The back and front are the standard ATC size.  The two smaller sides are 3.5 x 1.5 inches and the top and bottom measure 2.5 x 1.75 inches.  I made each side individually and then put them together at the end.

The front of my ATC was done using a piece of white cardstock and a Wendy Vecchi stamp from her A Form Of Art stamp set.  I colorized the cardstock with Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Then I used some Gold Paint Dabber paint on my finger to go around the edges of the chipboard and also add highlights to the front.
The clock face is recessed.  I did this by stamping the small clock face from Tim Holtz' Going Somewhere stamp set on a piece of white cardstock.  I distressed it with Vintage Photo and then covered the surface of the clock face with Crackle Accents and let it dry.  Next I used the packaging from Tim Holtz Ideaology Time Pieces to make the recessed area.  I cut one of the smaller time piece indentions out of the plastic and left an edge around it that I could glue onto the chipboard.  Then I cut a 1.5 inch circle out of the chipboard and my stamped and distressed paper.  I painted the edging gold.  Using Glossy Accents, I glued the clock face into the recessed area.  Then I glued the clock face in place on the interior side of what would be my chunky ATC.  I made "TIME PASSAGES" on my computer, cut it into little banners, distressed them and glued them in place.  Finally, I painted small chipboard-"ish" die cut clock hands from ScrapFX with gold paint and attached them to the clock face using one and a half Tim Holtz' Hitch Fasteners.  I dangled a gear from Tim Holtz' Sprocket Gears, attaching it to a piece of chain using a Tim Holtz' Jump Rings.

 This my favorite side of the ATC.  It features a vintage child with butterfly wings holding a picture of herself as an old woman..."Sunrise...Sunset".  The background paper on this side was colorized and distressed the same as on the first side.  The vintage typewriter letters on the background are from Tim Holtz' School Desk stamp set.
The butterfly wings behind the sweet little vintage girl are made to look iridescent by using a small Sakura Water Brush filled with water and dipped into Sour Apple, Turquoise and Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls powders.  When combined with water, the powders make a almost like a translucent paint.  It really adds a beautiful shimmer.  The little copper frame is one I had in my "stash" of stuff.  I sized the image of the old woman to fit, lightly distressed it with Vintage Photo and glued it in place with Glossy Accents.  The "SUNRISE...SUNSET" banner was made on my computer and I distressed it and glued it in place.  The little organza roses at the bottom are from Tim Holtz' Trimmings.  They are colored with a combination of Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade color mists that I made using Distress Ink Reinkers, a couple of  Mini Misters and water.
The back side of the ATC features an image that is seen on Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutant papers.  The background is done using the same elements as on the other sides.  The top of this side is punched using a Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch.
 The image is colorized with a couple of colored pencils to add a bit of blush to her cheeks and some color to her eyelids and lips.  The tiny clock parts are from Stanislaus and are glued in place using Glossy Accents.  A wing from Tim Holtz' Regal Adornments Ideaology is placed underneath my very "timely victorian lady" with another computer generated banner, reminding us that "TIME FLIES".
The background of this side of the ATC is done using Tim Holtz' Nostalgic Tissue Tapes on chipboard and then distressed using the Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.  The frame is from Tim Holtz' Tag and Bookplates die cut.  It is distressed using gold paint and lightly edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.  It is then made to have a patina finish by added just a bit of Juniper Paint Dabber from my finger.
The vintage image was sized to fit the opening of the frame, glued in place and then covered with Glossy Accents to give the appearance of glass.  I added more of Tim Holtz' Sprocket Gears to this side and I dangled a Tim Holtz' Muse Token~"Forevermore" from one of the gears.
After completing all of the sides, I painted (using my finger) all of the edges with gold paint.  Then I put all of the sides together using the Wonder Tape.  Finally, I finished embellishing my Chunky ATC by adding elements to the top.
The top of the Chunky ATC features particles of time.  The little dome clock is a little "treasure" I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  The small vial laying on it's side is from Tim Holtz' Vials.  The little clock pieces spilling out of it are glued in place using Glossy Accents.  
The Chunky ATC is elevated using three wooden spools that are painted gold.

If you have not seen the ATC examples made by my design teammates at Simon Says Stamp and Show, you need to check them out.  They are wonderful!!!  So many ideas to get your creative juices flowing!  Then enter our challenge and post your entry on to our blog.  You could be the winner of our weekly drawing for a very generous 
 You may also be chosen as one our the top three designs, earning you the right to display our coveted TOP THREE BLINKIE for your blog!
So...join us and SHOW US YOUR ATC!


  1. Wow! This is fan-tast-tic! Need lots of time to be able to pour over the photos to take it all in!

  2. Well its another WOW from me Candy, love love the clock recess, so effective and the little girl on the side holding a picture of herself when she is older is just the perfect way to showcase the passage of time, what a wonderful idea and so much thought, very clever. I love love the little clock on the top and all the added watch parts too. Everything works beautifully together, I love it. I have to say I have become very addicted to these chunky ATC's as you will soon see LOL. Enjoy your week Candy. Tracy x x

  3. Okey dokey, another Candy masterpiece! Don't know how you do it week in and week out but I honestly can't come here without drooling on my keyboard. As I read through your descriptions (which I totally LOVE) on how you made everything, I am totally amazed at your creativity. I love the theme you used here and how everything is tied in so tightly with that theme. I love everything, but the best is the top with the clock and the spilled gears - it's the frosting on this week's cake!

    Hope you had a great weekend!


  4. I am so lovin' the chuncky ATC's. I have never made an ATC at all but I think this week I just might. I have been wanting to give the chunkies a whirl! Great project. I LOVE all the details you put into your projects! TFS!



  5. This is over the top awesome Candy! Love the idea of making it from chipboard, would make it much lighter! Great idea for that clock face, too, awesome!

  6. Over the Top again, girl!!! Lovin' everything here! Don't you just love making the Chunky ATCs? Your watch pieces are too much fun.


  7. Oh my gosh, Candy, this is fantastic! I kept thinking "this is my favorite part" but then I'd see the next pic and the next pic and.... you get the idea. LOVE the spilled gears and the little girl and older woman with the words "Sunrise, Sunset." I'll have that song in my head all night! Thanks for your kind words last week on FB. Hope you have a great night.

  8. Oh wow Candy your chunky ATC is totally fabulous. You are such an inspiration girlfriend and thank you for explaining how it was affixed together. Annette x

  9. A whole lotta chunky love and art here! Love the vintage images and muted tones and my fave is the damsel in the bookplate. Fabulous details, techniques and your thoughts make it all one beautiful piece.

  10. Gorgeous piece, Candy! I love the sprockets in the 'mind' with the time flies true!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. I spy a lightbox free blog - you smart lady! See - knew you could do it! Yippee yummy big pics again!

  12. This is incredible, Candy. I can't even find the words to describe how cool it is! I love it!

  13. Hey there my amazing teamie, well I am not telling you something you don't allready know but yessss I will tell you again, you made a fabulous masterpiece as goodness, so many detaills so many beautifull and amazing sides to this ATC, and you tell us that you only made one before?DUH.....Well sweetheart, you should make more and more...cause they are FABULOUS wohooooo...hugs terry xxxx

  14. OO i like my art chunky and solid. so this is the kind of ATC I like although not sure the word "card" applies lol. lovely work.

  15. Candy
    your pieces are just fantastic! I love all the wonderful elements you incorporated into them! Fabulous art as always! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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