Colorful Crafts ~ ATCs for National Craft Month

New Info on ATCs:

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

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial

Welcome! I’m celebrating National Craft Month today with a tutorial on making some colorful artist trading cards (ATCs) :

Distress Ink ATC Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I went with my “go to” favorite products: Distress Inks, Stamps, and Stencils. I colored the cards using Ink Blending tools, and then stenciled and stamped on them with the same colors.

ATCs with Distress Inks, Stamps & Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

Next I stamped my focal images with Distress Ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. My last step was to ink around the edges of each card with the Black Soot Distress Ink and then repeat the embossing process on the edges. I keep my embossing powder in a Tupperware container so I can dip the card straight in and have space to tap the excess powder off without wasting any of it.

ATCs with Distress Inks, Stamps & Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

Here’s a shot of the finished cards as well as the supplies used.  The focal image stamps are all from Paper Artsy.

ATCs with Distress Inks, Stamps & Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

I’ve created a Distress Ink Blending Checklist for newsletter subscribers.  I’d love to send it to you.  Click here to get your copy!

Download my free Distress Ink Blending Checklist (Marjie Kemper)

And here are the individual artist trading cards:

ATCs with Distress Inks, Stamps & Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

ATCs with Distress Inks, Stamps & Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

ATCs with Distress Inks, Stamps & Stencils (Tutorial) Marjie Kemper

If you’d like to see more of what I do with Distress Inks, check out my Craftsy class, Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  The class has lifetime access and you can watch it as many times as you like, whenever and wherever you like.  You can see a 2-minute preview video below:

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  1. Judith Strausbaugh says:

    Love the look and I, too love Paper Artsy stamps. Would love to win a spot in your class.

  2. Awesome ATCs, Marjie! Thanks for the chance!

  3. P Hoffmann says:

    I love mixed media! Your projects are phenomenal.

  4. Wow..Absolutely fantastic..
    Loved the embossing n d colours..

  5. A beautiful giveaway to have great fun! 🙂

  6. Gorgeous cards, and two great tips about the tupperware and black ink w clear embossing powder. I always make a yucky mess during embossing. Would looove to win!

  7. very nice and simple.

  8. Terrific ATCs, Marjie – wow! The LP images look amazing over the vivid layers of colour.
    Alison x

  9. Yep. After I took your Inventive Ink class I had a blast making the prettiest ATC backgrounds. Somebody is going to be so happy to win your class. Two big thumbs up! BTW, received an envie with your return address on it today. LOVE the brushes! Thank you, thank you!!

  10. So pretty, Marjie. Love your color palette, it goes so well with the contrasting black touches! Hugs, Sandra

  11. gorgeous tute Marjie!

  12. Carla Hundley says:

    Beautiful work,
    Love the colors
    with the stenciling
    on top.
    Carla from Utah

  13. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the backgrounds with the pretty color combo!

  14. So much fun and those hot hot colors are amazing. xox

  15. Wowwwwwwwww! These are just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Love those Atc’s!

  17. Barbara M says:

    Paper Artsy stamps are my absolute favorite. I always enjoy seeing your colorful art work using this distress ink technique.

  18. Lynne Perella.


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