ATC Tutorial with Distress Inks

Distress Ink Tutorials - ATCS with Marjie Kemper

For this ATC tutorial, I used stamps from Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous – Creative Collages CMS044) that are designed in a collage format to fit perfectly on ATCs.  Collage stamps do most of the work for you.

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial - Photo 5:5 - Marjie Kemper

I used several Distress Inks (Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves, and Twisted Citron).

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Distress Ink ATC Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

ATC Tutorial

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) measure 2.5″ X 3.5″ and are meant to be shared (traded, swapped, given away) but never sold.

One of the things I love most about Distress Inks is how easy they are to blend. I used my Ink Blending Tool and Non-Stick Craft Sheet for best results.  Students often ask if they really need the Craft Sheet.  My honest answer is a resounding YES. In fact, I use it so much that I purchased a 6′ long section of it years ago and covered a huge area in my work space with it.

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial - Photo 1:5 - Marjie Kemper

Getting the Ink onto the Paper

I started out applying ink to the Ink Blending tool and, working in a circular motion, I lightly applied the ink to the ATCs. Note that I touched the inked-up Blending tool to the Craft Sheet before getting ink onto the paper.

To say it another way, I first load the ink onto the foam pad and then I push the foam pad onto the craft sheet. After that, I gently move from the Craft Sheet to the paper. Most noteworthy, I don't go straight from the ink pad to the paper.  I use a light hand and apply layers of color, one on top of the other, which makes for a smooth transfer of color.

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial - Photo 2:5 - Marjie Kemper

Here's a photo once I added the second color. I just got that Twisted Citron ink pad last week and it's an intense green!

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Focal Image Stamping

Below, I stamped the images in Jet Black Archival Ink. I use this for focal images because the Archival Ink  “pops” on top of the blended Distress Inks.

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial - Photo 3:5 - Marjie Kemper

I decided to bring in a bit more color with touches of Seedless Preserves here and there on each card. Finally, I ran the Jet Black Archival Ink all over the edges (again, using the Ink Blending Tool.)

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial - Photo 4:5 - Marjie Kemper

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  1. Mary Alice on February 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Marjie, these are great!! Love the stamped images. Where can I find those stamps?

    • Marjie Kemper on February 26, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Hi, Mary Alice. Thanks. Those stamps are from a very early release by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous, called Creative Collages CMS044.

  2. Connie Mercer on February 8, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you~ love it!!!! Great tips!!!

    • Marjie Kemper on February 26, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks, Connie!

  3. SANDRA SOUTH on February 8, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Great tutorial, I quite often look at the Incentive Ink videos for a refresher! Looking forward to starting my Wanderlust project this weekend.

    • Marjie Kemper on February 26, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Sandra. I hope you’re enjoying it!

  4. Jill Holmes on January 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Margie, I have SO wanted to get a large craft sheet for my workspace as well. Can you give me any clue as to where to find one for purchase or who to contact? I’m sure it will be a bit pricey but I’d really like to know where I could find a large sheet. TIA!

    • Marjie Kemper on January 28, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Hi, Jill. I bought mine directly from Ranger many years ago. I don’t know if they still sell it that way, but I would call Ranger Ink’s Customer Service Dept to inquire. Hope that helps!

  5. Glennis Watt on September 8, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Excellent tutorial

    • Marjie Kemper on September 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Glennis!

  6. Julie Steed on August 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Easy peasy. These are awesome. I LOVE Twisted Citron – such a departure from TH’s more rustic colors.

  7. Seth on August 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Great tips. Thanks Marjie!

  8. Anne Rita Taylor on August 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    When I swapped ATCs in the olden days, perhaps 2004 – we used to make art on both sides – sometimes working in contact info too. When I traded recently only one side was designed. Any thoughts?

  9. Kathy C Bradley on August 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Marjie – beautiful ATCs and lovely colors!!

    • Marjie Kemper on August 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

  10. Valerie on August 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Love to see tutorials on ATC’s – they are such an easy size to work with.

    • Marjie Kemper on August 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Aren’t they fun? Thanks, Valerie!

  11. Corrine on August 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

    You are so good at these wonderful blending techniques. Thanks for the tute on pinterest descriptions too!

    • Marjie Kemper on August 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Corrine. I’m really glad you liked the Pinterest info, too!