Friday, January 6, 2017

Let's Make ATCs!

When I want to relax, I make ATCs.....Artist Trading Cards.  ATCs are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" in size or the size of an average playing card.  They're super fun to make and a terrific way to share and trade your art with other artists from around the world.  This month I'm  hosting a SWAP and I hope you join us!  Click HERE for rules on how to enter.  Since they are due on February 10th (right before V'day) I thought it would be fun to have a LOVE theme.  Seems like we all need a little more of that these days.  Remember, make art, trade it with friends and always Make Your Mark!
A few of the new pieces I'm swapping!

Big fan of this vintage strong man image
Watch how to make them here
Playing cards
Americana Acrylic in any yellow
DecoArt Decoupage
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Bright Brass
DecoArt Media in Cobalt, Red and Interference in Gold
DecoArt Craft Twinkles in Gold
Therm•o•web Deco Foil (for gold leaf accents)
Stick on rhinestones
Optional:  Sewing machine
 1. 2. & 3.  Paint the card in yellow, then gold
3. & 4. Cut lace squares the size of each card and decoupage over the gold
5.  Paint over your images with a nice red
6. Cut out hearts, rip book pages and cut more images for your cards
*Try the for some amazing images to print out and use
7. & 8.  Decoupage the ripped pages, hearts and images over the lace
9.  For more texture I stitched around the cards with my sewing machine
*You could hand stitch with some bold thread if you wanted
10.  Add a word or phrase
11.  Paint with Interference in Gold to add a beautiful metallic shimmer to the surface
12.  Edge with a bright color
13.  Add gold leaf accents with Therm•o•web Deco Foil
14.  Glitterize with Craft Twinkles
15.  Add even more sparkle with stick on rhinestones
Download and print these out for the back of your cards


  1. So excited!!! These are great!!! Can't wait to do mine!!!

  2. Where it says download the images for the back of the cards was that ment to be a link?

    1. left click on them; and then you can either save them or print them by right clicking.

  3. Hi Mark, I'm in Canada and couldn't find the donate button on your YouTube Channel to cover the postage. I'd like to get my cards to you on time.

  4. I just made mine and I am so happy to participating! Looking forward to seeing what everyone makes! :-)