Putting on the Ritz Folded ATC..
Here is how I made the ATC. I apologize for not having any photos. I did not take any during the ATC making process.
As you can see the folded ATC was made to resemble the outside of a house with a window where a New Years party was taking place.
Select your paper. I used Canson Mixed Media paper. I cut a strip that is 7.5 inches long and 3.5 inches tall.
I scored at the 2.5 inch mark and 5.0 inch mark going wide. I folded at the first score mark at 2.5 inches over to meet the 5 inch score line. I folded the 5 inch score line so it will go over the fold I just made. Kind of like a gate fold but instead of a gate fold meeting in the center the last fold overlaps the first fold.
I unfolded the last fold I made at the 5 inch mark but kept the first fold folded. I used one of my square punches to punch a window. If you have any interest in making a similar ATC you do not have to use the same punch I used. You can use your craft knife, an oval punch or a rectangle punch. It is totally your decision.
I have a box of old transparency that I used for the window. I cut two sheets smaller then 2.5 inch x 3 inch but bigger then the square I punched.
I took some correction line tape and colored it black (it comes in white) Hind sight is 20/20 I should have used strips of paper because I could not color the back side it has adhesive and you can see it from inside the card, instead of the window trimmed in black its trimmed in white.
I made a crisscross of the correction tape and stuck it in the center of one of the transparencies that I cut out. I placed the other transparency over it and taped it together. You won’t see the ends of the transparencies so it doesn’t matter if a bit of ugly scotch tape is used. It will be hidden.
Before I installed the “glass” (transparencies) to the window I made there were several steps I needed to do.
First I painted the outside of the house. If you refold at the 5 inch mark you have like a little booklet so to speak. The cover of the booklet is the outside. I used acrylic paint from the tube I believe I used a masters paint from Hobby lobby or I used Basic I cannot remember and just applied it very thickly on the cover to give it the texture of brick. Who needs Modeling paste when you have acrylic paint? I used a combination of red and black to make the dark red brick color and then used black to outline brick shapes.
I let that dry completely.
In the mean time I took a piece of patterned paper and cut it larger then the 7.5 x 3.5 inch. I liked the pattern but not the color. Two bright for my scene so I used Tim Holtz distress stain and stained it up a bit. I used the same square punch and punched out a square to the left of the piece so it would match up to my window and allow the entire card to be covered in paper.
With the 5 inch mark unfolded. I glued down the patterned paper to just the left 2.5 inch portion of the patterned paper matching up the punched out box on the patterned paper and on the card.
I colored around the edges of the window with black ink so it would not be so stark white from the paper.
I unfolded the 2.5 mark and since the patterned paper is only glued on this portion it flipped open right along with it.
Time to install the window. I placed the transparency piece I had created earlier and tried to center the crisscross in the window and used scotch tape to affix it to the ATC. I then used a tape runner and permanently glued the 2.5 fold back down. I then glued the rest of the pattern paper across the card. I trimmed the excess patterned paper around the entire ATC card. The patterned paper is now the wall paper.
I had some wood grain paper and I cut it into strips and made a wood panel for the bottom of the wall and used a glue stick to glue that down. I outlined everything with a black marker and I colored the white edges of the card with the same marker.
I googled Putting on the Ritz and all it came up with was ritz crackers. Blah. So I googled 1920s and found an image I wanted to use.
I resized the whole image in paint shop pro to 2.5 wide and 3.5 tall. There was some distortion but nothing over dramatic.
I returned to the original image and cropped it so that only the piano showed.
I mirrored the couple and the piano just incase I preferred the picture going the other way and printed two copies of them facing left, two copies facing right (just in case of a mistake always good to have back ups) and 1 of each piano
I thought what if I glued the mirror image and the regular image back to back and try to fussy cut it out maybe it will match up fine enough. I put packing tape on one side. It was the side that will be viewed when you opened the card. I also put packing tape on the piano I selected.
Sure enough it matched up pretty good. There were some white lines, that was what was going to be seen thru the window. I just took a pen and outlined the couple so the white sections were not screaming out anymore.
I opened up my little atc and aligned the people in front of the window. I positioned where they would be seen the best thru the window. I used the Alleenes glue pen to help glue down the small bits like the hands and the necklace.
I glued the piano down on the other side.
I stamped the back with a stamp from Hobby Lobby that allows me to sign my work of art.
I now call my ATC Done.
To send it off in style I always like to ad a note card. Since I didnt have one available where I was at I improvised. I had index cards, crayons, a pencil and me.
So I made this little note and wrote my info on the back :-)