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Tricia Smith of http://www.smithscraftycreations.com set us a challenge in her facebook group ‘Crafty Stamping Club -Smiths Crafty Creations’ to design some Artist Trading Card (ATC). Now, I have to admit that I needed to check out Pinterest as I’ve never made or received any ATCs before and didn’t really know what they were all about. Research done I grabbed a whole lot of ink pads, blending brushes and my Rooted In Nature stamp set to create these…
I used Whisper White thick card cut to measure 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ for each card. I backed them with some of the card that we get in the backs of the packs of 12″ x 12″ designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! and as I didn’t like the glossy look of that I added another layer of Whisper White card. So my ATCs are pretty robust, lol.
Here’s the close ups of the first one I made…
I used the Crackle Paint background stamp with Versamark ink, added Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder and heat set it. This resists the ink so the crackles reveal the white card below. I blended a combination of Granny Apple Green, Old Olive and Garden Green inks over the background and wiped away any ink that pooled on the embossing. I then stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature using Shaded Spruce ink. I used that ink around the edges of the card too. I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink onto Whisper White card and cut the words apart to add to my card. Finally, I added 3 green rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestones pack.
Here’s a better look at the orange and yellow one…
I blended Daffodil Delight ink, then Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral inks for my background. I then sprayed it with a mix of rubbing alcohol and Frost White Shimmer Paint in a Stampin’ Spritzer. I stamped the wood slice in Memento black ink in the corner. I stamped the sentiment with Memento ink too and cut it into sections. I added a little dab of Grapefruit Grove to them before I added them to my card. Again I added some gems from the Holiday Rhinestones pack. I inked the edges with Calypso Coral ink to finish it off.
And here’s the final one I created (for now!)…
I blended Seaside Spray, Bermuda Bay and Balmy Blue inks to create my background and then sprayed it with water, using another Stampin’ Spritzer. I dried it off with my heat gun before I stamped the skeleton leaves from Rooted In Nature with Versamark Ink, added Silver Stampin’ Emboss powder and heat set it. I stamped the sentiment with Night of Navy ink and used the same ink around the edges of the ATC. I chopped up the sentiment and before adding them to the card I went around the edges with a silver coloured Sharpie so they stand out a bit more. I just had to add some bling to this one using the Holiday Rhinestones again.
I’m quite pleased with the results. Which one do you like best? I’d love it if you left me a comment to let me know.
All of the cards are blank so that I can add my details to them and then swap them with fellow crafters. Why not join in Tricia’s challenge and have some fun creating some ATCs? It’s all good fun, in a lovely supportive group.
I’ve listed the Stampin’ Up! products I’ve used in today’s project below. You can click on the links to visit my online shop 24/7 and I would be delighted to be your independent demonstrator.
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