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Check out my online mixed media art workshop called All About Artist Trading Cards & Artist Trading Coins (All About ATCs for short!)  All the details are right here.

Artist Trading Cards and Artist Trading Coins ATC online mixed media art workshop with Marjie Kemper

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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 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)

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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)

Want to see more of what I do with Dylusions Ink Sprays?  Check out my online class with Bluprint/Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  Here’s a 2-minute preview video:

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  1. Kat White on May 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm

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

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  3. Jen Goode on April 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

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

  4. Anne R on March 29, 2016 at 3:15 am

    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

  5. Brenda Brown on March 29, 2016 at 1:09 am

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

  6. Claudine Criner on March 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm

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

  7. JULIE STEED on March 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

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

  8. Lynne on March 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Really beautiful!

  9. Dawaila on March 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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

  10. Jessica Sporn on March 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    what beautiful ATCs. Pinning your tutorial now!

  11. Julie Tucker-Wolek on March 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

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