Saturday, February 17, 2018

Faith, Hope and Love ATC Holder

Hi, everyone! Janelle here with a project to support our current Spring ATC Challenge this month. How do you store your ATC once you've made them or even after a swap? I have a super spring ATC holder to make using the Faith Hope and Love Background Stamp. I've made my first ATC to store inside that I'll share over on my blog.

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Feel free to change this project to work with your own stamping style, right now I'm enjoying watercolor as my coloring medium. Here's a quick tutorial on how to make the holder.


  • Faith Hope and Love Background
  • MISTI or Stamp Positioner
  • Black Ink Pad (I used waterproof ink)
  • Scoring Tool
  • Coloring Medium (I used watercolor)
  • Cardstock or Watercolor Paper
  • Painter's Masking Paper or text/copy weight paper
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Stapler or something to bind the pockets to the cover
  1. Position Faith Hope and Love Background on the MISTI to one side of the lid and mark its left edge on the grid paper in the bottom. 
  2. Cut a 4 x 6-1/4 inch rectangle from white cover stock and mark the center with a light pencil mark then line it to the right of the marks on the grid.
  3. Stamp image. Repeat on watercolor paper to get a solid image. Rotate paper and repeat.
  4. Score at 3 and 3-1/4 inches.
We will come back to the cover, but first, we need to make the pockets for the inside.

I picked up a roll of Painter's Masking Paper at my local home improvement store that is very inexpensive and resembles deli paper. I love using it to make small bags and envelopes, however, use whatever printer or text weight paper you have that can be trimmed to 8 x 6 inches.

  1. Score an 8 by 6-inch paper at 1/2 inch and 4-1/4 inch.
  2. Fold at 1/2 inch and add strong double-sided tape along the edge of the fold.
  3. Fold in half and adhere.
  4. Optional: Use a circle punch or die cut to make a thumbcut along the opening for easy access to the pocket contents.
  1. Stack pockets onto the center of the cover and temporarily secure with paperclips or clothespins.
  2. Staple with a magnetic or long reach stapler. Alternatively, use a bookbinding method of stitching into the spine or glue the pockets together along the centerfold and tie twine around the spine to hold them in place.
Now for the closure, so the ATC's don't fall out. The easiest is to wrap with a ribbon and tie, but here's what I did.

  1. Staple or glue a 1/2 by 7-1/2 inch strip of paper onto the spine while the book is open and flat.
  2. At each end of the strip of paper cut a slit, one end from the bottom and the other end from the top to lock them together when put together. (Sorry my photo isn't the best)
Have fun and join in the Spring ATC challenge with us!

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