Thanks for popping over for this artist trading card tutorial. I’ve been knee-deep in workshop prep for classes I’m teaching in Colorado, Connecticut, and California. I enjoy making student kits but by the same token, I was looking for a break from the prep work…. I wanted to get my hands inky!
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Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are quick and easy, because they are so small. They are the same size as baseball cards. Here’s how I made mine:
Blending Color + Stamps & Stencils
Blend a variety of colors of Distress Ink onto your cards using an Ink Blending tool. Use you heat tool to set the ink now and then.
Add stamping using background stamps. These are meant to add interest but remain in the background – they are not the image you should see first when you look at your final project.
Layer and Layer and Layer some more!
Add more stamping and start stenciling. I used a combination of Distress Inks and Archival Inks. I always use Jet Black Archival Ink for the top layer (the focal image, or in this case, faces.)
Here’s a look at them individually:
Online Mixed Media Class
Would you like to learn more about Distress Inks? Check out my online class with Craftsy, which includes lifetime access and a money-back guarantee. It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Here’s a 2-minute preview: