For the latest round of ATC's I made for the CQFA exchange I started with this fabric I'd made with Shiva Paintsticks and an arched design rubbing plate. I layered it with batting and backing and did a bunch of linear quilting in rainbow rayon thread.
Then I cut out the ATC size (2.5 x 3.5"), focusing on choosing interesting color and texture combinations.
I experimented with which color to satin stitch around the edge. First with the rainbow thread, and then with a darker purple. I liked how the darker purple looked so I did the rest in that color.
They didn't look "done" yet, so I went to one of my boxes of collage stuff to find something interesting.
How about these small colored rubber bands?
They look pretty cool and I like how the colors pop against the background.
Just stitching them down didn't look very good.
Should I add more? No, just one of each color per ATC, I decided. These are from the Container Store by the way, although I bought them a long time ago so I don't know if they are still available. I love finding unusual office supplies don't you?
Going back to my "collage stuff" box, I found the plastic sleeves from slide development (remember those days). Turned out that worked perfectly, like a little clear envelope.