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Building Backgrounds for ATC's

Happy April Everyone! 
Thanks for joining me. 

This month Altered Pages is sharing ATC's and today, I am going to show you how I build a big background perfect for ATC's in a couple easy steps.  This background is perfect for ATC's, a future card or mixed media project.  And, it is just fun to play in all the decoupage and paint with no real rules. 
This starts with a cereal box for my foundation.  I flipped it over and used the white side for my project.  Altered Pages has great ATC collage backs here.  I will just adhere these to the backs of my ATC's. 
Next, I add torn vintage text pages and music sheets.  You can use any white glue for this.  I used Mod Podge.   Some of these pages had inks and color already added to them as they were left overs from other projects.  
Then, I added fun colors in a random circle pattern using acrylic paints.  Most of the cool pattern above is hidden, but there are some spots where it peaks through. 
I cut my background into ATC size pieces.  
They measure 2.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall. 
Next, I added torn scraps of paper, bird and butterfly collage images, a title sticker that I colorized with pretty green ink. 
 I also added a border of pretty metalic ginger spark paint and dainty baby ball fringe in pink. 
I then added a bit of stickles here and there for a bit of sparkle. 
Altered Pages has perfect little glassine envelopes to protect your ATC when trading and gift giving. 
 
And, here are my ATC's...three pretty little original pieces of art to trade, make into a card or display how you choose.  I also have another big piece of that background ready to make into something else fun whenever I need it. 
Thanks so much for joining me.  
Please play along with us and tag us in your ATC art. 
Share it to our Facebook page for all to see. 
Have a great weekend! 
Steph S.

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