‘Fancy dress’ – Artist trading card set

Natalie EllisBlog

ATCs (artist trading cards) are making a bit of a come back. I have seen lots of gorgeous mini artworks over the years and had never made an ATC myself.

It’s a brilliant idea because they’re small and you can keep lots of them as keepsakes – which doesn’t take up much room. The idea is to create them and swap with other crafters and artists. You could also make them and give to friends and family and even use them as toppers for your cards.

These ATCs in particular, are made with stamps, stencils and dies from ‘Craftascope‘. It didn’t take long for the inspiration to flow in and get going!

For each of the portraits, I had decided that I wanted different characters. The idea came to me with the sentiment, ‘Joker’, from one of the stamps sets and immediately thought of the Joker from Batman. From there, I thought it would be great to have a theme of fancy dress! The faces are a brilliant base to colour in. It meant that I didn’t have to worry about proportions.

To start, I stamped out four different faces onto parchment paper and coloured in with my ‘Caran D’ache’ pencils. Previously, I had decided where the light source came from so I could shade in shadows and the like. I did use some images from the internet to refer to for the colours and make-up.

Once I finished colouring in, I took the ATC die and cut out the base of each ATC with bright card, to match each portrait.

I then used the stencils to create simple backgrounds with black archival ink and for the white, used white embossing powder.

To finish, I glued down each face with 3D glue and added the stamped sentiments.

I’m sooo pleased they all turned out great (if I do say so myself…). I did have to pull out some old skills I’d learned at college. But with a bit of practise and patience, they came together quite nicely.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have given you some inspiration to have a go at your own ATCs.

Please check out my other DT teamies on their blogs for more inspiration and ideas! Links below…

Nick Roberts: ‘Craftascope’ shop – etsy.com/shop/craftascope Blog – nickinbarnsley.blogspot.com

Katrina Bufton: Instagram – @katrinabufton Blog – corniskat.blogspot.com

Bryan Evans: Blog – geezercrafter.blogspot.com

Cheryl Wall: Blog – chez101craftywaftydoodah.blogspot.com

Jane Royston: Instagram – @janeroystoniow Blog – isleofcraftycreations.blogspot.com

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