My stamping adventures

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


 ATC's - Artist Trading Cards
Still on a kick making ATC's.  this time I went into my drawer with
Stampscapes stamps and a couple other different stamp companies.  If I remember the backgrounds are left-over pieces of alcohol backgrounds then stamped images with black ink.
my favorite is the lighthouse atc.  look to the right and you will see some shine if you click on the pic to make it larger.  dragonflies has a piece of Ranger frosted's a really cool way to add a bit of shine..... the frosted film has a sticker back.  the fisherman atc was sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist.  hope you are enjoying my atc's this month.
Here is a write up I did for atc's.
ATC - Artist Trading Cards
by Sue Wisniewski
Think of an ATC as miniature works of art. Just keep in mind that these are trading cards and are for trading/swapping only.
The basics:
You'll need a piece of cardstock or thin cardboard, 2½ by 3½ inches in size for the base of your ATC. It may be in either portrait or landscape orientation, and the corners can be either rounded or unrounded; it's purely a matter of personal preference. It's usual to use cardstock, but other possibilities include fabric, canvas, leather, acetate, metal and cork sheet. You could even use playing cards for the base of your ATC, if they are the right size.
Whatever you use has to be fairly flat; although artist trading cards may include three-dimensional elements like buttons and charms, they should be thin enough to fit in a standard trading card sleeve. It also needs to have a certain stiffness, so you might have to back fabric or canvas, for example, with cardstock.
A source for backgrounds is all the designer papers intended for scrapbooking. These can be found in a wide variety of colors and designs to suit every subject. Look out for interesting things like pages from an old book, music and maps. You can cover the whole card with one piece, or with several different pieces torn into strips or any shapes. Many of those who make artist trading cards prefer to create their own backgrounds using paint, color washes, chalks or inks. Brush, sponge, stipple, spray your chosen medium onto the card, and try blending different colors.
My favorite way to create backgrounds or focal points for an ATC is with my rubber stamps. Rubber stamps are very versatile and can be used in many ways to create interesting backgrounds.

8 ½” x 11” cardstock -
measure 3 ½”, 2 ½” and 2 ½” on the 8 ½” side
turn cardstock measure 3 ½” across
see diagram for cutting. This will create 10 ATC's.


  1. I AM enjoying your ATCs. Haven't used Stampscapes in ages. I remember a postcard you did with that lighthouse years ago.

    1. it has been ages since I went into my stampscapes drawer so it was fun to get them out and play.
      stamping sue

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