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

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 12×12 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, 5×5 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!

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