Monday, August 21

Artist Trading Cards

Hello Monday, my friends! Glad you've popped by to check out our newest challenge - Artist Trading Cards. Think of these as mini masterpieces (2.5x3.5"/64x89mm) and join us in the fun. I made a pair of ATC's using similar materials and designs and went for very different effects. 

Don't forget our Kids Summer Challenge through August! 

I started out stamping a background onto the mat board - Tim Holtz compass, and a design from Seth Apter. 

I'll show you how I did Letter D first. I stenciled arrows on top of the stamped design.

Next, I layered paints on and added another stencil. I used my fingers to rub the paint in, and wiped it off in areas so the stamp would show through. 

Another paint layer...

I adhered the image I had stamped on the tissue wrap, decided I had lost a lot of the background, so stamped the compass again. I added some Diamond Glaze, Rusty Paper, Henna mica flakes and let that dry, then I scratched it with the Prima Distress tool. Final step was to add the arrow. 
This ATC is in darker colors with a grungy, distressed vibe.
focusing on the letter D

For my second ATC, I wanted to go for a brighter look, and started with this fun stencil over the image.

Over to the gelli plate with pinks and purple...

Next, I tried out this cool new texture plate for mono printing from Carabelle Studio. I really like it and can see a lot of fun printing ahead! I laid it onto the gelli plate to pick up the colors and then printed it onto the ATC. I also took a sheet of deli paper and printed off the gelli plate for future use. 

I added more color with the Scribble Sticks (I did this on both).

Final steps...add the Scrabble tile and metal word band. I looped a lot of thread around the back and tied it off on the front. 
focusing on the letter A

I finished the backs off with some rice paper that I had mono printed previously.

I was glad I remembered these Stampers Anonymous Classic stamps (now in cling rubber) that I've had in my stash for years...they are perfect for ATC's!

So there you have it...two different takes using similar materials. 
I hope you will get out your materials and make an ATC to share with us this week! 

Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher selected at random to one lucky participant! 



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Let's head over to see the awesome mini masterpieces/ATC's from the design team!


  1. Fabulous ATC's Maura, the backgrounds are awesome and I love the colours and details, both are gorgeous!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. I really like these! Great stamps and stenciling.

  3. I forget how much I love the Stamper's Anonymous stamps and these are amazing, Maura. I have a few and never remember to pull them out and play with them. I love your cards. The backgrounds and elements go perfectly together.

    Cathie ♥

  4. Stunning ATCs Maura!!! Love the background made with gelli prints...just gorgeous! Those stamps are just perfect...lots of Hugs! Simona

  5. ha- I have the two main Stampers Anonymous stamps from way back:) Super layers and design!

  6. Both ATCs are fantastic, Maura. I love the fabulous colors on the background and the metal embellishments are so beautiful. :)

  7. Wow! I love both of them! The stamps with letters are absolutely amazing and make such a great effect. I love the colors and textures as well. Hugs, Marzena

  8. Fabulous textured layers - love those touches of sparkle and the rice paper on the backs is such an elegant finishing touch.
    Alison x

  9. Those are some of my favourite stamps Maura, thank you for reminding me of them. Your ATCs are wonderful! Such great textures and depth and gorgeous colors. Great idea to add papers to the back too. I am so looking forward to the parcel!! Hugs!

  10. Maura, can you believe this is the first time I see these stamps??? and I am in love, i need to have them!!! Love love love. Thank you for showing me that big stamps like these are PERFECT to create a backrgound. I love learning new tricks from you!! xx

  11. Both of your ATCs are just gorgeous Maura and I love how you've used the stamps on those wonderful backgrounds ~ everything is just perfect! Hugs... :)

  12. beautiful textured layers Maura and amazing colours and details...hugs kath xxx

  13. Oh my goodness! These are brilliant!! I am so impressed by how much layering geniusness went into these. I was really interested to see your process and I've never even seen those letter stamps before. I always want to buy everything you use because you're always using products so brilliantly. Really amazing work here, my friend!

  14. These ATC's are so fun, Maura! Love that they are so colorful, and the scribble stick are fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Maura I love love love the layers, fantastic work! The stamps you used are fantastic and your creativity fabulous also in this dimension! Fab! Barbara


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