I created this ATC for the October monthly ATC swap on 2Ps. The theme was "Fall" and the challenge was to include at least two upcycled items. Here's how I created the ATC:
Step 1 - Trim a No. 5 shipping tag to ATC size (2.5 x 3.5 inches). Note, the tag is SLIGHTLY smaller width-wise than 2.5 inches. Step 2 - Stamp a script text background with brushed corduroy distress ink. Note, stamp is by Tim Holtz. Step 3 - Add a small paper collage. I use miscellaneous postage from a swap I just hosted and cardboard (with the upper layer removed and the ridges pulled flat). Step 4 - Cover the tag with two layers of watered down ivory paint, blot with a paper towel after each layer to keep the layer thin. Step 5 - Add a piece of scrap canvas to one side. Step 6 - Stamp a flourish (stamps by Autumn Leavers, Timber Brown StazOn) and maple leaves (stamps by Technique Tuesday, fired brick and aged mahogany distress ink).
Step 7 - Ink the edges of the ATC and the cardboard ridges (brushed corduroy distress ink).