This month's swap theme is "Black and White" (to balance out the "Colors" swap from two months ago... ;-)
When I joined the group I vowed to draw at least a little on each card -- and then didn't follow through with that. Drawing is something you have to practice to do well, DUH! I'm very out of practice. (I guess I did draw a few wavy lines on the Celebrate Life cards.) This month I had lots of ideas for the black and white theme, but settled on drawing. I have a fear of drawing! And I used to love to draw.
So I got some black ATC stock (hey there's half the color combo right there ;-). I punched the edges with a fancy triple corner punch my DH found at Goodwill recently. Then while looking for a small circle punch I found a spongey flower stamp cube, so I stamped one of them onto the center of the card with white chalk ink, which dries fairly quickly.
Next, I got some white and silver scrapbooking paper and punched little hearts out of it. 18 of them to be exact. Well, 20 in case I flubbed a couple. I just used glue dots to attach them to the card, centered over the flower "rays." Then I put little silver rhinestone heart stickers in the centers of the paper hearts. Sinfully easy so far...
To warm up, I doodled on a couple of cards to see which white marker worked the best. I prefer the strong white of correcting pens, but they're uncomfortable to hold and draw smoothly with. Especially when you're making bunches of ATC's at once! I'm left-handed so rolling ball pens (such as the gel pen I settled on) don't always work well. I found that if I drew very, very slowly, the ink flow was better.
Most of the time, I started with a border around the fancy edges, and by the time I was done I'd have an idea for the centers. I tried to think of various ways to "treat" the heart motif -- kind of like those improvisational comedians who take a prop and do various funny things with it.