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How to make a Mixed Media Artist Trade Card

Learn how to create your own Artist Trade Card with digital files.

Not sure what ATC are? ATC stand for Artist Trading Cards, and are miniature art pieces created on card stock with a specific dimension. The idea with ATC is that each card is hand made, self produced, and a one-of-a-kind original.  These cards can be given away as a gifts, used as samples before you take on larger projects, or be traded with other ATC artists – almost like an artist business card!

In this tutorial, crafter Jan Hunter will share with us how you can create your own ATC using mixed media and digital files from Creative Fabrica.

Mixed Media ATC Card

Designed by Jan Hunter

Supplies needed

  • Gesso
  • Card Stock, white 8.5×11 inches
  • Foam brush or palette knife
  • Acrylic Paints (Tube paints from Fun Stamper’s Journey were used in this example)
  • Card stock or stencil material
  • Cupcake file (I used this Cupcake SVG from Creative Fabrica)
  • Water colors, water brush
  • Glitter pens
  • Black embossing powder, heat gun
  • Electronic Cutting machine with Print 2 Cut capabilities
  • Inkjet Printer*

*Stamps could be used with an embossing ink

Step-by-step: How to create the card

Begin with a plain piece of cardstock and apply a light layer of Gesso. Let it dry.  

Mask off a section of a gelli plate slightly larger than the ATC dimensions. (8.5×11 inches)

Brayer on (roll-out) some paint and pull a print some paint and pull a print.  I added a few additional pulls of color to the print using some stencils.  Additional layers of pink, white, and yellow paints added until desired results achieved.

Print the sentiment on your “printed” paper using editing software and an inkjet printer.  

The black ink will have some tooth, and you’ll be able to heat emboss the sentiment.  You could also use a stamp and have the same results.  

Using your electronic die cutting machine, cut the cupcake base of the SVG graphic 

BEFORE CUTTING: size it to approximately 2 inches high with keep proportions checked. Cut using stencil material or regular cardstock.

Position the cupcake stencil on the ATC base as desired and using some watercolors and a water brush, add some additional colors.  Let dry. 

Blend colors as desired.  

Add some sprinkles to your frosting.  I used the sprinkles in the original design, grouped them together and created a small stencil for those and added a little more color. 

Add additional details using a Micron pen. For a little extra shine, use a sparkle brush and let dry.  

Explore options when using SVG files from Creative Fabrica, and how you might be able to use them in different ways.  Making stencils is just one way!  

Happy crafting!

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