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