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Fairie Dust ATC Tag Mini: Introducing Fairy Goddess, Nichola Battilana

Posted by Graphic 45 06/21/2018 67 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,Tags,

Hello, G45ers!

 Pull out your glitter and let's get ready to make some magic together!  Today we are thrilled to (re)introduce you to the master of mystical creatures and whimsy, Brand Ambassador from Canada, Nichola Battilana.  In this post, Nichola shares a video tutorial on how to create your own Fairie Dust ATC Tags that can easily be turned into a mini album.  You will learn how to mix and match collections and some fun fussy cutting tips. So, let's jump in!  


Brand Ambassador 2018-2019

Nichola Battilana - Canada


“My business card says I am a maker of messes and believer in fairies. This is an accurate summary.


Although I have formal arts training and a background in graphic design, my heart belongs to crafting. I am a huge fan of making just about anything with paper and glue.  Upcycling, mixed media, sculpture, assemblage, I jump in and create with positive, joyful abandon! Much of my work is inspired by make-believe, magic, folklore, faeries, nonsense and nature. Pop culture elements and weird and wonderful themes sneak their way into my work too.


Other important facts: I live in an old crooked house in a little town in Ontario, Canada. I have a dog named Padfoot, finches, bunnies, chickens and ducks. I am a proud Hufflepuff. My favourite artists are Keith Haring and Vincent Van Gogh. I adore good gin and cheap glitter.


ATC Tag Mini Album


Asked to create a self-portrait project for Graphic45 my mind raced. Should I upcycle some cool old doodads? Make a steampunky something or other?! Create a super cool Sherlockian whatchamacallit with Master Detective?!?! I was a mess of ideas!



I took a deep breath, refocused, and realized the exact right thing to do was play with the fairies.

My #G45selfie includes three things I like best... ATC's, fussy cutting, and fairy folk.



As a friend of the fairies, I'm all sorts of in love with Fairie Dust. It's so cheery and colourful. I've also added butterflies from Olde Curiosity Shoppe to my project, they just seem to go hand in hand.



I love working in ATC size. If I'm feeling stuck, or need to kick my creative mojo in the pants, creating in ATC size is undaunting (is that a word?) It's a non-stressful size, but big enough to be creative.



I also love fussy cutting. I do it while watching tv, collecting those tiny snips as I cut away. My best fussy cutting tips? Use super sharp scissors and cut more than you think you'll ever use.



Toss all those elements together and you've got yourself a cute-as-can-be set of Fairie Dust ATC's. I’ve created a video to show you exactly how I created these cute little tags.

Fairie Dust ATCs by Nichola Battilana for Graphic 45


So grab some sharp little scissors, some Fairie Dust, and make some magical little tags with me.” ~Nichola


Staples - Artist Trading Tags-Ivory

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Fairie Dust Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Pad

Fairie Dust 12x12 Collection Pack

Moonlit Blooms

• Tiny Toadstools

Magic Wishes

• Stickers

Olde Curiosity Shoppe

• Parlor Wall

• Butterfly Specifics

Decades Dye Inkpads

Artist Trading Tags-Ivory

Staples - Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies


Other Supplies:

  • glue
  • ribbon
  • foam squares


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package is a Club G45 - Vol. 4 Kit, including a Botanical Tea - DCE, 5x5 Mixed Media Box, Metal Door Pulls, and a Precious Pink Inkpad, a $50 value.  The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, June 22nd.


Wowzers!  That a fabulous technique driven video tutorial and gorgeous ATC Tags.  Big thanks to Nichola for sharing all your wisdom.  Join us in welcoming Nichola to the G45 family in the comments below!  We would also like to express our gratitude to each of you for making our G45 community so fun and vibrant.  


Happy Papercrafting!

67 Comment(s)

Michele Lewis:
06/21/2018, 11:13:56 AM

What simply divine tags! They are magical!

Karen perkins:
05/13/2019, 09:02:18 PM

Love the bright colors

06/21/2018, 11:35:42 AM

Oh my goodness - so, so sweet and beautiful. G45 papers are just the best. Thanks for sharing this.

06/21/2018, 11:36:15 AM


06/21/2018, 11:43:45 AM

Hallo, What a stunning tags Nichola!!

Suzanne Hilborn:
06/21/2018, 12:11:32 PM

I never get tired of looking at the Fairie Dust Collection. Actually, the same is true for the Botanical Collection. Very nice work, Nichola.

Lynda Miller:
06/21/2018, 12:12:34 PM

So happy to see Canada represented in the Ambassador's. I love the Fairie Dust collection and especially enjoy fussy cutting. The tags are beautiful and you can see how the Graphic 45 papers always feed into inspiration.

Gigi steele:
06/21/2018, 12:17:23 PM

I love tag making.

Terri Williams:
06/21/2018, 12:20:09 PM

Love the tags! I'm going to order the Artist Trading Tags from Graphic 45 and I love the ribbon idea! I'm going to try and make some of my own! Thanks for the ideas!

06/21/2018, 12:25:33 PM

Welcome back to G45 design team. I have been a follower of you for quite awhile and love all your quirkiness. Your tags are beautiful-love the colors and the 3D effect.

Annette Green:
06/21/2018, 12:29:24 PM,

I'm GIDDY that Nichola is with us again! She is amazing in all she creates, and she's a total hoot. Hoping to meet her IRL some day.

Ava Gavloski:
06/21/2018, 12:29:59 PM

So sweet and cute. Your inspiration has inspired me to create some as well.

06/21/2018, 12:30:52 PM

Glad your fairy philosophy matches the paper. What fun you must have had...hope you enjoyed some food music too. Your neighbor.

06/21/2018, 12:41:26 PM

Love the fairie dust collection - and what you have done with it!

Kathleen A Read:
06/21/2018, 12:44:33 PM

These tags are so cute ! I really enjoyed watching the video showing how they were made! It’s something I can actually do!,

Cheryl Wells:
06/21/2018, 12:52:35 PM

Welcome!!! Your tags are gorgeous!!!

Amanda McCulloch:
06/21/2018, 12:57:07 PM,

The tags are so detailed, amazing. Love the fairy dust paper and what a pretty pink ink in the prize pack I must look for that.

06/21/2018, 01:06:20 PM

Welcome, Nichola! Your tags are wonderful, and it's so nice that you made the video for us!

Laurie Higman:
06/21/2018, 01:07:43 PM

Simply beautiful...It is hard to pick 1 project.

Becca Yahrling:
06/21/2018, 01:18:57 PM

I love how colorful and happy these all are. Beautiful little works of art.

Sue D:
06/21/2018, 01:21:23 PM

So cute and whimsical!

Leah Matthews:
06/21/2018, 01:22:46 PM

Welcome back, Nichola! I was so excited to see your name on the Design Team this year as I love your work. Your ATC tags are aforable and I thank you for your fussy cutting instructions. Proud of you as a fellow Canadian as well! Thanks for representing us on the Design team.

Lynne Hiscock:
06/21/2018, 01:26:22 PM

ethereal adjective: extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world

Vanessa LeClear:
06/21/2018, 01:34:04 PM

Beautiful tag album! Welcome back, Nichola!

Cate Kager:
06/21/2018, 01:41:51 PM

Welcome Nichola!! I love the tags that you made with all the fairies peeping out. So gorgeous! I too am a Hufflepuff, loved every single book! I find Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Dali all fascinating and inspiring. Our dog, Homer was named after the poet, but is more like Homer Simpson for sure. We also have a cat named Belle, sounds sweet loves humans and dogs, but hates cats. Our newest rescue cat is Miss Amanda Briggs, she was near death, saved from a sewer by a fireman, my vet fed her and since she ate the vet decided to fight for her. Many surgeries later she has one eye, part of her nose and part of her front paw and her furever home. Her name is from our vets first name and the street she was saved on. My crafting style is all over the place, I love to try and learn many things. Often my craft room is the dump room so I either put crating on hold, or work in a very small space, or get really inspired and clean it all up to reclaim it as my own. I look forward to following you. I do like a good vodka!

Sandy Artman:
06/21/2018, 03:51:09 PM

Hi, Cate, Thank you for your story about Miss Amanda Briggs - Precious! Blessings, Sandy

sabine matagne:
06/21/2018, 01:47:40 PM

Fairy dust est une merveilleuse collection et ces ATC sont magiques !

06/21/2018, 01:48:21 PM

I LOVE this! ATCs are such a fun size - you've given me lots of ideas!

Jan Kennedy:
06/21/2018, 02:08:29 PM

Sweet little projects!

06/21/2018, 02:20:42 PM

Welcome to the blog, Nichola! I so love those adorable tags. These are perfect for the left over scraps that I have!

Kristina Vazquez:
06/21/2018, 02:42:46 PM

G45 you continually inspire me!

06/21/2018, 02:48:17 PM

I love Fairie Dust collection !!!

06/21/2018, 02:49:32 PM

Welcome to Graphic 45, I love your tags, I have never used the tags before, but know that this is on my doing list. Your tags are a true inspiration. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future. Thank your for your fabulous ideas.

Lynda Woerner:
06/21/2018, 02:56:26 PM

Fairie Dust for the win! I love FD - it is my favorite collection so far. I've made lots with it and I love your tags. Thanks for the inspiration - off to make some more stuff with FD.

Kathleen E Capachione:
06/21/2018, 02:59:04 PM

Wow! How Fun.. thanks for sharing. Look forward to your designs.

Barbara Millar:
06/21/2018, 03:19:46 PM

Happy to see an embassador from Canada love the tags they gave me inspiration to do some for myself with the fairy dust collection

Eleanor Williams:
06/21/2018, 03:31:51 PM

I am currently working on this kit & would love to win another kit so I could do it a a gift for a friend. Your papers are so beautiful I feel almost quilt cutting into them.

Priscilla Hughs:
06/21/2018, 03:37:34 PM

Loved your video, the tags and the ribbon! Must try that! I’m working with Fairie Dust right now using the 5 x 5 Staples box... I must get into fussy cutting more!

Sandy Artman:
06/21/2018, 03:54:57 PM

Welcome, Nichola! Your lightheartedness was reflected in your tutorial. So inviting and I really appreciate your ribbon dyeing demonstration. I look forward to all the delightful creations to come! Blessings, Sandy

Sharon gullikson:
06/21/2018, 04:02:11 PM

You love fussy cutting? May I send you some images to cut

Michelle Nettleton:
06/21/2018, 04:09:40 PM

Happy first day of summer! Love these Fairie ATCs!

Carol G.:
06/21/2018, 04:35:03 PM

I love the tags! Beautiful! And you used one of my favorite collections!

Regina Harrison:
06/21/2018, 04:36:52 PM

Love these tags they are so much fun.

Anne McIntosh:
06/21/2018, 04:37:12 PM

I love Nichola's ATC mini works of art! She was also using one of my favorite collections. I'm an old Fairy fan and love anything having to do with them. She brings out the whimsy and beauty of the collection! Thank you

06/21/2018, 04:45:49 PM

LOVE Nichola's creations! And, the Botanical Tea images, too! Thank you for the opportunity to win. Crafty hugs ~ Donna

Carla Hundley:
06/21/2018, 05:33:35 PM

How charming these ATC's are! Love the fairy touch. Carla from Utah

Carol Hughes:
06/21/2018, 05:48:07 PM, FB

Gorgeous tags!! The video was very clear and understandable. I love fairy stuff and my two small granddaughters do too!

Claudia Machen:
06/21/2018, 05:58:32 PM

So happy to see your gorgeous work. Love it. I love Fairie Dust so this was exciting to me to see your tags. I am learning so much from Graphic 45 artists and look forward to seeing more from you.

Anne B:
06/21/2018, 06:06:26 PM

I love the Fairy Dust collection and I’m always looking for new ways to use it. Thanks Nichola, and welcome (back?)

Susan Ashby:
06/21/2018, 06:08:52 PM

Beautiful and colorful! Love them.

Dawn Belger:
06/21/2018, 06:13:59 PM

Beautiful ATC'S. I love the fairies too. Thanks for the tips.

Diane F:
06/21/2018, 06:46:07 PM

Oh yes, I do believe in magic! I just watched a video that turned plain ATC cards into beautiful, whimsical fairie land. Awesome!

Ellen Haydon:
06/21/2018, 06:58:18 PM

These are so pretty and I bet there were fun to make also. Welcome to G45. Ellen from Hot Phoenix.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Awesome in every way!

Martie Rollin:
06/21/2018, 07:42:02 PM

Beautiful little tags! Lovely prize package!

Cindy Burns:
06/21/2018, 08:35:00 PM

These tags are gorgeous, I have the paper and I just purchased all the Graphic 45 dies+. I hope I can make make tags this pretty too. Can't wait to see what other beautiful projects Nicholas creates.

06/21/2018, 09:01:49 PM,

So cute!

06/21/2018, 09:03:18 PM

Love all the colors in Fairie Dust! The tags are amazing!!!

Pat I Kult:
06/21/2018, 09:33:28 PM

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your tags! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Fairie Dust collection! What a great first project. Congratulations, great to have you back on the design team!

Glenda Buster:
06/21/2018, 09:40:48 PM

Each of these tags is lovely and fun! Thanks for the video tutorial. You’ve inspired me to get out my paper, scissors and glue

Nancy Haggerty:
06/21/2018, 09:42:53 PM

I really like the idea of cutting more than you think you’ll ever use. I have to get better at fussy cutting though, lol!!

06/21/2018, 10:39:13 PM

Darling tags..great love G45 too!

Holly Hatch:
06/21/2018, 11:21:57 PM

The tags were so cute. Thank you G45 for introducing us to the new G45 ambassadors in the beautiful way you always demonstrate you lovely papers!

Sandra Featherston:
06/22/2018, 06:50:58 AM

Beautiful! It IS magical. Love the papers.

Sue MacFall:
06/22/2018, 07:23:26 AM

What beautiful tags - the fussy cutting is so good.

Nancy young:
06/22/2018, 08:26:52 AM

These tags took my breath away. How clever and imaginative! I love Graphic 45 (I also adore good gin...the glitter not quite so much yet).

Kate LeBlanc:
06/22/2018, 09:52:17 AM

Wow Nichola, I absolutely love your tags. They are so whimsical, what a great idea for a mini album! I can't wait to see what you create next!!

06/22/2018, 12:25:06 PM

These are so inspiring! I’ve been looking at the fairy collection, wondering if I should get it. I guess maybe I should!

Madge Van Tassle:
06/29/2018, 08:36:01 AM

and I thought all ATC tags were flat. Yours are beautiful and inspiring and magical. Thank you for you inspiration. -Madge

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