Mother’s Day ATC Colored with Tombow Markers

Hello Blog Readers,

I promised my best friend, Patz, who lives on the east coast in Florida where we used to live, that I would try to make an ATC for her for every occasion. She is a mom and her two grown, married children are our Godchildren. Patz is collecting her cards in an Artist Trading Card sleeve that has pockets to hold nine 3½” X 2½” ATCs. For those of you who are not familiar, the sleeves I have are baseball card sleeves with pockets. I will put the link where I purchased mine below, but they should not be difficult to find locally.


ATC for Patz


Challenge #228-#229 – Family Friendly/Anything Goes
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Flowers

Here’s how I made Patz’s ATC.

3½” X 2½” watercolor cardstock

Inkadinkado woodblock stamp – I’m sorry, there is no title on the stamp.

Archival’s Jet Black Ink

  • Stamp the image.
  • Color with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens were swiped separately on a craft sheet as needed and sprayed with a little water.

  • skin020 peach; 990 light sand; 800 baby pink for cheeks & around nose
  • hair062 pale yellow with 026 yellow gold for highlights
  • dress 451 sky blue; stripes that I drew in with 452 process blue
  • hat 451 sky blue; ribbon452 process blue; roses800 baby pink & 772 blush; feather – lines traced with 800 baby pink
  • background800 baby pink with 772 blush and N65 cool gray 5 for marbling. Then use N65 cool gray 5 for shadowing on the left side of the lady.

Brushes used for painting with the ink

  • Tim Holtz Water Brush with Fine Detailer Nib
  • Winsor and Newton #0 round paint brush
  • Winsor and Newton #1 round paint brush

 Let this air dry. If you dry it with a heat gun it will bend. Since you will not be gluing the watercolor cardstock to a heavy cardstock, it will have no support and will remain bent.

Go over the image lines with the marker to make it stand out.

  • Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen, size S
  • eyeFaber-Castell PITT Artist Pen, size XS – Carefully trace around the eye.

Fill in the eye with a speck of uni-ball Signo white gel pen. Let this dry. Use the PITT Artist Pen, size XS again to draw a curved line about halfway on the eyeball. Put a small speck of Tombow Dual Brush Pen in 451 sky blue near the corner of the eye to give it a dab of color.

  • lipsTombow Dual Brush Pen 772 blush

If needed, go over the image as before with the Tombow colors. Repair any places that need fixing.

Go over the locket and chain with a uni-ball Signo gold gel pen.

Using an acrylic block, stamp press or MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented), stamp HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY on the upper right hand corner of the card.

  • Hero Arts C498 – I’ve had this clear sentiment stamp set for a long while and use it regularly.
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy (link below) – Used to reduce static cling so embossing powder won’t stick to the cardstock where you are not stamping. Rub the buddy across the area on the card where you want to put your sentiment.
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad – a sticky, almost clear, ink that holds onto the embossing powder. Apply this to the stamp and press it on your card.
  • Recollection Sparkle Embossing Powder (clear gold – from Michael’s instore) – Sprinkle this over the stamped sentiment. Shake off excess powder and put it back in the jar. If any small sprinkles of embossing powder are scattered on the card, use a small dry brush to swipe them away.   Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder.

Feather – I ordered a small bag of feathers for crafting, I think from JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Store online. Color a white feather with Tombow Dual Brush Pen in 800 baby pink. Blow dry it slightly with the heat tool. Using sharp scissors, trim the feather so that it fits on top of the feather on the hat. Use a liquid glue to adhere it to the hat. I used Liquitex Matt Gel. Lay an acrylic block on top of the feather until the glue dries.

Last of all, make flowers to fill in the empty corner on the bottom right side. You don’t have to do this, but I think it adds a touch of elegance and a look of completeness.

  • Simon Says Stamp White Cardstock
  • leaves – stamp Wplus9 Free-Hand Florals leaves stamp 3 times with a Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf Ink Pad; die cut them with the matching die. Trim the leaves with scissors so they will fit in the space without hanging off the edges. Glue the leaves to the cardstock with the Liquitex Matte Gel. Lay an acrylic block on top of the leaves while you do the next step.

Flowers – There are 3 small flowers in the Altenew Vintage Flowers Stamps package that range in sizes small, medium and large. Find the medium-sized stamp from the set. Use the complete flower to color with Tombow Dual Brush Pen in 800 baby pink. Quickly, open your mouth and huff once on the inked stamp to add a little moisture to it. Stamp on the white cardstock. Do this 3 times. Find the second stamp layer. It is about half of the original flower. Lay it on the stamped flower for placement. Now color it with Tombow Dual Brush Pen 772 blush. Huff on it once and stamp on top of the first layer complete flower image. Do this to all 3 flowers. Tone down the brightness of the ink by coloring the center and petals lightly with Tombow Dual Brush Pen in 990 light sand. Using the matching die, die cut the 3 flowers. Glue them on top of the leaves with the Liquitex Matte Gel. Lay an acrylic block on top of the flowers until the glue dries.

The ATC is now completed. I wish all of you mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. If you don’t have children, most of you nurture someone in your lives. So until then, do some art and think of something you can do for someone else. Happiness comes from making someone else happy.


Tricia Ann



Baseball Card Sleeves with Pockets – Ultra Pro 25/9 Pocket Page Protectors for $5.60 on

Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy –

One thought on “Mother’s Day ATC Colored with Tombow Markers

  1. Jingle says:

    This is beautiful! I love how the feather softens it. Very pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!


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