Friday, September 4, 2015

Old Bird ATC Pocket Letter

It's the first Friday of September (already!) which means it's my turn to share a tutorial using magnifique products from Gina's. Woo hoo! This month I thought we'd do some nitty gritty paper crafting and create a sort of pocket letter.
ATC Pocket Letter for - Nichola Battilana
I've been seeing these pop up all over my timeline and wanted to give it a try.

What is a pocket letter, you ask? Janette Lane, the creator of Pocket Letters™, explains on her site:

"Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you... You fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. Then the Pocket Letter is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope."**

ATC Pocket Letter for - Nichola Battilana

I am a huge fan of ATC's (Artist Trading Card: miniature works of art measuring 2.5" x 3.5") so I've created a cohesive set of birdy themed cards to fill those little pockets with. You can source your own public domain images, or purchase a collage sheet with all of those vintage birds and sentiments available HERE.

ATC Pocket Letter for - Nichola Battilana

When creating your own piece, consider other little bits and pieces to tuck into those sleeves. Stamps, ephemera, feathers... little bits that match the theme or look of your cards.

ATC Pocket Letter for - Nichola Battilana

Also consider the sleeves themselves. I've added clear stickers to the exterior.

Of course you could just create these pretty ATC's and trade/give them separately. There's nothing wrong with spreading the crafty love around.

ATC Pocket Letter for - Nichola Battilana

If you're not keen on making these little bits of art, you may want to check out the tutorial anyway as it includes creating the textured background seen below.

ATC Pocket Letter Tutorial for - Nichola Battilana

But enough blabble! HERE is the video tutorial. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give me a shout. I'm happy to lend a hand or answer any questions you have. Seriously. Don't be shy ;)ATC Pocket Letter Tutorial for - Nichola Battilana


From Gina's:

Other things you'll need:
For the Birds Collage Sheet or your own vintage bird images
Paper (I used pages from an old book)

Decorative scrapbook paper
White acrylic paint
Watercolour paint
Stamp pad
Clear stickers
Foam spacers
Ultra fine glitter
Tim Holtz Long Mini Brads 
Jute twine
Washi tape
Buttons, stamps and other small embellishments and trinkets
ATC Pocket Pages

**For more information on Pocket Letters you can visit Janette Lane's YouTube Channel or join the Pocket Letter Pals Network