Color Layering Leaves ATC


Here’s another autumn card using the same technique as the large card I posted.  But this time, instead of using the larger leaf in the stamp set, I used the smaller leaf to make an Artist Trading Card (ATC).  Once again, I thank Tina on her YouTube channel called Cards and Coffee Time for the wonderful card sample she did using this set and sharing the ink colors she used to make these beautiful leaves.  You can watch her video at .


The dimensions of ATC’s are always 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  This size fits perfectly in a Pocket Page Protector for 2.5 x 3.5 inch trading cards, such as baseball cards.  


I wanted a narrow pink border in the background.


  • 65# Recollections Pink Cardstock cut to 2.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper cut to 1/8 inch smaller than 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so a small pink border of 1/16″ shows around the watercolor paper.
  • pencil

With a pencil, draw a stem on the watercolor paper.

IMG_2436 - Copy

Rule of thumb:  Apply two colors of ink to the stamp and then spritz the ink with water before stamping.


IMG_2436.JPG  Layer 1:  Hero Arts Orange Soda and Just Rust Ink Pads – Apply the ink to the stamp, spritz the stamp with water, then press it down on watercolor paper beside the stem.  Note:  I have the Hero Arts Ink Pad, Ombre, that goes from Butter Bar to Orange Soda.  So I just used that instead of buying a pad of Orange Soda.

Layer 2:  Hero Arts Red Royal and Raspberry Jam   IMG_2437.JPG  Apply ink, spritz it with water, press stamp on paper.  Ignore the 3 on the stamp pad.  It was written there for another color layering project.

IMG_2438   Layer 3:  Hero Arts Soft Pink and Cotton Candy – ink, spritz, stamp

Layer 4:  Hero Arts Butter Bar and Pumpkin Pie   IMG_2439                   ink, spritz, stamp

IMG_2440   Layer 5:  Pale Tomato and Mulled Wine – ink, spritz, stamp

Let the leaves dry completely before embossing. 

To emboss the leaves with gold, apply embossing ink to the matching leaf stamp that has veins on it.  Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the stamped areas, shake off the excess and melt the powder on the leaf with the heat tool. 

After stamping and embossing the veins on the leaves, use the thin end of an embossing pen to trace over the branch and the leaf stems.  Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the inked areas, shake off the excess and melt the powder with the heat tool.  

  • VersaMark Embossing Marker
  • gold embossing powder
  • heat tool

With the embossing marker, outline the leaves that don’t have the veins stamped on top of them.   Heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

For the sentiment, I used a phrase from the same stamp set and stamped it in a MISTI Stamping Tool.  You can use an acrylic block if you don’t have a MISTI.  I trimmed the sentiment to the size I wanted and added foam tape to the back.

A ruler was used to make sure I was getting the sentiment straight on the ATC.  My favorite measuring tool to use for cards is my measuring gage for sewing.  I then adhered the front card panel to the pink backing.

  • Singer Sewing and Knitting Gage
  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape

Glue some sequins on the front.


Even with the raised sentiment and the sequins, the ATC is not too thick to slide into a pocket page protector sleeve.

  • Pretty Pink Posh Friendship Mix Sequins
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue



On the back of this ATC, I stamped Happy Thanksgiving.  I’m sending this card to my friend who is collecting ATCs.  It’s a fun project.  Maybe you can find some card making friends who would like to construct and trade Artist Trading Cards.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Come back when you can.


Tricia Ann


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