A is For Acetone Transfers ATCs

Heres a couple of ATCs I made for the ATC alphabet experiment, I chose the technique ACETONE TRANSFERS for the letter A.

Acetone can be found in nail polish remover, I got mine from Tesco, just look at the ingrediants and see if acetone is listed, if it is, this is the stuff you want, it isnt expensive.

To make this technique work you need fresh laser or photocopier printed artwork – it doesnt work so well on older copies so make sure its fresh! The prints I used were a day old and they worked.

To make a transfer you trim round the image, place it image faced down towards the surface you want to transfer the image onto, get a cotton wool ball and soak up the acetone, and rub and dab the back of the printed image to transfer it. Lift off a corner to make sure its all transfers and then remove it to reveal your image transfer.

I transfered my image directly onto an atc which Id already added colour onto using inks and it worked fine, if your worried about messing your background up- you can always add colour afterwards.

A is for Acetone Transfer ATC

A is for Acetone Transfer ATC

I found this video on youtube for Acetone Transfers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv4d2zRPbG4 In the video they transfer the image onto a block for carving but I decided to transfer it onto an already inked background just to see if it would work.

I first found out about Acetone Transfers in the following book below and decided to give it a whirl, I love how this technique turned out and must do some more:

altered imagery

Artful Alphabet Squidoo Page


I’ve been busy making a new Squidoo page dedicated to the Alphabet.

I thought it might be useful for those of us who are working on either the Alphabet Discovery Workshop or the ATC alphabet experiment challenge, or simply for those of use who need reference to the alphabet for whatever reasons 🙂

Its very much work in progress and I’ll edit the webpage when I find or think of anything to add.
The url is: http://www.squidoo.com/artfulalphabet

If you can think of anything Ive missed just leave me a comment and I’ll add to it on my next update.

ATC alphabet experiment


In addition to the Alphabet Discovery Workshop, I am starting another alphabet challenge over on my group Next Generation Stampers, this challenge is similar to the alphabet discovery workshop only instead of working with art journals we will be working smaller scale with ATCS.

This challenge starts TODAY (Monday), its a new group project for all members to take part in, if you’d like to join click on the link below:


For this project you’ll need at least 26 blank atcs in white or a pale colour card stock – one for each letter of the alphabet.

I’ll work through the alphabet with you and we’ll pick themes,colours and techniques for our atcs depending on the letter of the alphabet.

The rules of the challenge are simple: each Artist Trading Card you make must feature either a THEME, TECHNIQUE, COLOUR or SOMETHING related to the letter of the alphabet. Apart from that….anything goes!