ATC tutorial ~ Sprays, Inks & Dies

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As National Craft Month comes to a close,  I’d like to share one more tutorial.  ATCs are Artist Trading Cards, which are quite small (the same size as a baseball card) and often swapped at art retreats. I’ve been seeing this new Tim Holtz globe die being used around the internet and decided I just had to buy it!  It’s got amazing detail.
ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

I started by cutting two ATCs from a leftover project that had Dylusions Ink Sprays on it.  I used Tim’s new Mini Layering Stencils to add interesting patterns with Distress Ink.

ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

After cutting the Globe die from one of the cards, I added script stamping by inking my script stamp and gently pressing the two pieces down into it.

ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

The Mini Layering Stencils are so cool… lots of the regular ones on a smaller scale, and several new designs too. I used the brick, plus sign, and rays.

ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

Here’s how it looked after I glued them together.

ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

The last step was to jazz up one of Tim’s metal Word Bands with paint.  I  believe the technical term is ‘smooshing.’  Just smoosh paint into the recessed letters and quickly wipe off the excess with a cosmetic sponge or baby wipe.

ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

There you have it.  I look forward to using the globe die in many more projects.

ATC tutorial with Tim Holtz Globe die (Marjie Kemper)

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Kat White says:

    Thank you for sharing how. I almost bought the globe, but reigned myself in. Gorgeous picture of the globe. Kat

  2. Love the colors you’ve used in this one. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!

  3. Your ATC is really beautiful Marjie, your layers of stencilling look fantastic, as always! I love the globe die too and really must use it more! xxx

  4. Glorious ATC Marjie, such beautiful depth of colour, love it.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  5. This is beautiful Marjie, love that globe die and you have done wonder with it here. Stunning!

  6. Psst…Marjie…you’re enabling again. I didn’t think I needed that die but seeing this makes me want it. Lovely!

  7. Really beautiful!

  8. Super cool! I just bought that die can’t wait to play ?

  9. what beautiful ATCs. Pinning your tutorial now!

  10. Ohhhhhhhh this is just stunning! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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