ATC for My Friend

Hey Friends,

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an Artist Trading Card.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is to make an ATC, so this puts me back into the swing of it.  As usual, I am making this trading card for my best friend, Patz.  She doesn’t make cards, but she is collecting the ATCs that I send her.  She puts them in a pocket folder that inserts into a notebook.  Let’s go ahead and get into the latest ATC I’ve made for her.

1A watermarked

I started with an oval die cut.  This will go on top of the base of the ATC.  The requirement for an ATC is that it must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  This size fits perfectly in a baseball trading card pocket sleeve.  To go along with the oval on top, I rounded the corners of my base.

  • Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cutting Machine
  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval Die Set
  • paper trimmer
  • corner rounder

I’m not really sure that I needed to do the following step, because in the end I don’t know that it made a difference.  Here’s what I did.  You could try skipping this part.

  • craft sheet (to work on)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue Wrap, Melange
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue
  • heat gun or air dry
  • Cutter Bee Scissors

I only needed to put texturized décor around the edges of the ATC, since the oval was going to go in the center.  I got the next technique tip from Cathi Cowles, designer for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge at Daydreams in Paper.     I was surprised by the outcome and really like this technique.  Thanks, Cathi!  I’m going to do this again soon.

  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Lace
  • Post-It Tape
  • spatula tool
  • ART-C, Metallic Wax Paste, Gold – Sprinkle immediately with embossing powder.
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • heat gun
  • We R Memory Keepers Precision Tweezers


I wanted to give the edges some color.  I wish I had some Distress Crayons, but I don’t, so I’ll use my Gelatos.

  • Faber-Castell Metallic Grape
  • clean rag
  • Faber-Castell Lavender
  • tweezers
  • heat gun – to set the colors

So the ATC wouldn’t be too plain, I die cut a decoration to use a portion of it to go on top.  

  • Cuttlebug
  • 80# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Die Set, Heirloom Rectangle
  • Spellbinders Tool ‘N One 
  • paper trimmer
  • Archival Brilliance, Galaxy Gold
  • finger dauber

I looked at a bunch of colors to figure out which color combo looked best with the colors I had on the edge of the ATC.

  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • Penny Black Blooming Garden Stamp Set
  • X- NO: Versafine – I redid the stamping with Archiver’s Black Dye Ink.  Even after I let the Versafine ink dry, it smeared with the markers.  Versafine is a pigment ink that sets on top of the paper.  Dye ink soaks into the paper.  Versafine is my go-to ink, but it didn’t work for me this time.  The Archiver’s Black Ink smeared a little too, even though I dried it on the cardstock before I colored on it.  Next time I want to let this dry overnight. 
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers – Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo
  • Cutter Bee Scissors
  • Memento Black Marker – Go around the edge of the image to make it pop.
  • Faber-Castell Artist PITT pen, black, small point – Put dots on the flower petals.

I laid the components on the ATC base  IMG_0916  and decided where to put the sentiment.  After I stamped, I glued the pieces to the card front.  

  • Versafine Black Ink
  • Stampendous! Fran’s Friendly Phrases SSC1141 
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue

Next I put gold accent on the flowers and the fancy trim piece.

  • Uni-ball Impact Gold Pen

I didn’t like the way the gold turned gray looking in places on the trim piece.  So I added Stickles.  I didn’t want the Stickles to look uniform and neat, so I messed it up and spread it here and there.

  • Gold Stickles
  • Spellbinders Tool ‘N One
  • cotton swab

When using Gelatos, I always get marks on the back of the card.  So I cut out another 2.5 x 3.5 card and rounded it off to adhere to the back of my ATC.  This makes a much nicer finished product.

  • 80# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • corner rounder
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue

Simon Says Stamp allows five entries on their challenges, so I intend to make more ATCs.  My problem is that today is Thursday, and I still haven’t made the two Christmas cards I have set as a goal for this week.  Kassidy will be over tomorrow, and she will want to know if I’ve made a Christmas card this week.  I’d better get crackin’!  🙂

See ya,



Pocket Page Protectors for 2.5 x 3.5 inch Trading Cards


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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Artist Trading Card

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #296-#297 – Anything Goes

2 thoughts on “ATC for My Friend

  1. Cathie C. says:

    Your tag turned out beautiful, Tricia! What a wonderful addition to your friend’s collection. The flowers turned out so pretty and the texture is fabulous. I can’t take credit for that technique. I saw someone on YouTube do it long ago and can’t remember their name. It was the first time I’ve used it but it works beautifully. I’m so glad you tried it because it looks amazing on your ATC. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥


  2. Sylvia/Little Treasures says:

    Love your ATC…and I also love the great info you shared along the way. I am trying to use stencils, paste and all the new layering techniques, watercolor and others forms of coloring, so have had a lot of not so good results !!!! TIME seems to be my issue but enjoyed all that you have shared.


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