Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) are simple and totally fun pieces of art. You can start from a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of paper or a stamp a whole sheet then cut it to size, it’s really up to you. At first you may think that it’s really hard to work on that size, but once you get into it, it’s really addicting! You’ll find all sorts of stamped images that fit really well onto this size as you can see below.

Faerie Song Art Stamps is a great source for fantasy images! Check out my little Copic colored faeries! Patterned paper is DCWV.

Faerie Song Art Stamps


Faerie Song Art Stamps

Faerie Song Art Stamps

Faerie Song Art Stamps

I just can’t get enough of these! Here’s one for the ATC club that I belong to. The theme is “Butterflies and Bugs”. The background honeycomb is from Starving Artistamps, the bee from Stampin’ Up!, letter B from Leave Memories (no longer in biz) and “unique” from Faerie Song ArtStamps. How’s that for cross-company usage??! The inks are Tsukineko’s, one of my favs for sure. Thanks for looking!

B Unique ATC

Such wonderful pieces of art! They are too fun and great to use up scraps of paper and other material.

The Oasis ATC club (my local ATC club) had a recent meeting where we traded cards for 2 different themes: “Leather and Lace” and “Egyptian”. What super FUN themes! For leather and lace, I used the technique that I recently learned at PK Glitz. It’s so simple and yields a fantastic result. All you need is sticky paper, an open patterned piece of lace and glitter. Below is the result.

Leather and Lace

For the egyptian theme, I used 2 different egyptian stamps (background from Lasting Impressions with Panache and the other I can’t remember) that were heat embossed. I added some extra glitz for effect using a glue pen and some of PK Glitz’ tape – oh yea that stuff is KILLER COOL!


I was also lucky enough to be invited to join in on a Tim Holtz inspired nation-wide ATC swap. The theme was to use Adirondack Lights colors. I chose to also use Stampers Anonymous stamps and Tim’s Brushless Watercolor technique. I had to add some grungeboard that was painted with Cool Peri and coated with Crackle Accents. Here is the result:

Tim Holtz, Lights

I have an ATC Club meeting coming up, so I spent some creative time yesterday (the first in quite awhile!) to design and complete the 3 sets of ATC’s that I needed. We haven’t met since the end of October, so that’s why there are 3 sets due: November, December and January. If you can find or even start an ATC club in your area, do IT! It’s SO fun to create these wonderful 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ masterpieces! You can try new techniques, use those little or big stamps, texturize, colorize and use up those random embellishments or paper scraps you have around! Terrific stuff indeed!

Favorite Technique ATC: my favorite technique has got to be heat embossing. I absolutely LOVE IT! I tried something new here, heat embossing on wood veneer! I got these great samples to work with from the “wood veneer man” of Dowlen Wood & Paper Crafts in TX. Send them an email, Wood Veneer Man to find out more about it since I don’t believe they have a web site up yet. Anyway, heat embossing on wood is similar to regular paper, just make sure your heat tool is warmed up ahead of time. I found that the image was embossed better, with more detail, when I did this. The coloring was done with Sakura’s Glaze pens and the outlining with a Krylon Silver Leafing pen. The images are from Unity Stamps.

Heat Embossed Unity Stamps Image ATC

Winter Wonderland ATC: cardstock is the base and I used a Heidi Swapp mask to create a subtle snowflake background with irridescent white all-purpose ink (Tsukineko). A SU! stamp was used for the word “winter”. The snowflake is die cut from acetate then alcohol inked for contrast. Glossy Accents holds the snowflake to the ATC. A Doodlebug glitter center adds more texture. The edges are inked with Tsukineko’s VersaMagic Aegean Blue.

Masks, Die Cut and Inking ATC

20th Century Art ATC: I used a little Cubism and Abstract here to create this simple yet fun ATC. The background is a mosaic stamp from Starving Artistamps, heat embossed and colored with markers (be sure to check out my discount code on the right side bar for shopping!). The “art” image is from Ma Vinci and heat embossed in detail gold and popped on foam squares.

Heat Embossed Starving Artistamps ATC

If you ever travel abroad or like the international flair on your projects, definitely get some clear stamps from Dove of the East. Beautiful in their detail and perfect for cards and embellishments, these stamps bring China, Japan, India and Russia right to you! Check out the ScrapFriends review and other great projects using the images.

The first is an ATC with the elephant debossed into embossing powder. The other stamps on the background are also from the India Journey set.

India Journey ATC

This card uses images from the Japan Journey set. So lovely!

Japan Journey Card

I think this is my favorite! The clock kit is from Kaiser and the paper plus stamps are from Dove of the East, China Journey. I really love how it looks aged, all keeping with the great picture a fellow coworker took while in China last year. Pretty amazing!

China Journey Clock

Otherwise known as Artist Trading Cards. These little 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ babies are a miniature piece of art in the making. Terrific for trying new techniques, using up scraps of anything or simply creating to a theme, ATC’s really get addicting! ATC’s are meant to be traded not sold.

Recently I joined the Oasis ATC Club that meets every other month at Scrapbook Central and I have been wowed at their talent. I’m so tickled to be part of their group! Thanks to Rosanne and the ladies in the group for having me! Every month we have a particular theme to follow when making our cards with usually any technique goes as long as the theme is followed. This month’s theme was ‘sunrise/sunset’, one that I love because those are my favorite times of the day. How could I do it justice? I decided to use 2 of my favorite mediums, paint and glitter, to create a somewhat Impressionistic ATC. Ranger’s Paint Dabbers are my paint of choice and PK Glitz has some incredible glitter as you can see in the sample below. Enjoy your sunset tonight and sunrise tomorrow!

Sunrise ATC

As recently reviewed on ScrapFriends, the kits from The Mailbox Muse are completely FUN! Filled to the brim with ephemera, paper, doo dads and embellishments, oh the magazine of course, there is lots to see and play with.

The first is a pin using die cut puzzle pieces as the structure and covered with Paper Imagery designs. I love her attitude!

The Mailbox Muse, Puzzle Piece Brooch

The “prince” is actually created by pushing the stamp into hot melt glue on a blank ATC. The stamp is from Lost Coast Designs and inked with Gold Metallic Pigment ink. All of the extra embellishments are from the kit.

The Mailbox Muse, Prince ATC

More ATC’s created using the idea sheet in the kit along with collage sheets in paper and acetate also present in the goodies.

The Mailbox Muse, Asian ATCs

This last project is a pin made using Memory Glass, foil tape and paper from the kit. Neat idea and looking forward to having it for the holidays.

The Mailbox Muse, Memory Glass Pin

You should try them! They are so fun, just a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ canvas to work on. I recently joined an ATC club at the lss that makes cards every month to a different theme. We get together and trade them, how cool is that? This month’s theme was to “lift” an ATC design from somewhere. I’ve loved looking through Bernie Berlin’s book “Artist Trading Card Workshop” since CHA and found a blurb on using telephone book pages on ATC’s. Well, one of Claudine Hellmuth’s creations caught my eye and I made the ATC below. All stamps are by My Paper Moon with the telephone book page from some trip that I was on somewhere! Thanks for looking.



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?