On Saturday, I entered the Treasure Map themed ATC contest at The Heirloom Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds. I REALLY got into making this ATC.
I know this doesn’t look like an ATC but it folded up to ATC size (roughly a playing card) and had all the requisite parts — right size, on stiff paper, front, and (on back) creator info.
Here’s what it looked like folded up.
I used a playing card, tied a leather strip around it and added a key charm (for opening the treasure chest of course).
Here it is partially unfolded.
The map itself was made out of painter’s paper. I first crumpled it up tightly and then unfolded and smoothed it out. I folded it up using the card as my guide.
I stamped the sun on as a compass and added the directions and lines shooting off from the compass. I then drew the islands and added the quicksand, palm trees, forest, desert, mountains, spider plains, cliffs and waterfalls, cannibal village, volcano and shipwreck alley. I also drew a couple of ships, a mermaid, and two sea monsters. I colored it in using my derwent intense ink pencils and then used my water brush to blend them. The x for the treasure called out for a red jewel so I glued that on. The map needed aging so I used a distress ink and a stamp that looked like the netting from a ship and stamped randomly over most of the map.
I tore off about a fourth of the map and then carefully burned around most of the edges.
Here are a couple of close ups. I have to say this was one of the funnest and most relaxing projects I’ve done lately.
I won first prize! I won gift certificates to go shopping at the festival vendors!