Monday, August 21, 2017

My Cards and Tags: ATC's using Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts

Ah, ATC's!  These mini works of art, otherwise known as Artist Trading Cards, only have one official rule: they must be 2.5" x 3.5" in size.  They are a lot of fun to create and they're this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a trio of them featuring a heart image from Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts stamp set.

I started these cards using Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I cut the card shapes, then added some lattice shapes for texture (Kaisercraft's Lattice die).

Next I smudged on some Distress Ink with a sponge.

I added some color splats by holding my Distress Stain bottles completely upside down, then smashing them straight down onto my cards.  The sponge dabber tops make great splats! 

Once the stain dried, I smeared some white paint on top to tone down the colors a bit.

Next I took some of the punched-out lattice shapes from my die and colored the edges with a black Sharpie.

I smeared some texture paste through a Tim Holtz bubble stencil for some white dimensional dots.  Next I added some Distress Paint (I let it drip down a bit, then spritzed it with water to complete the drip).  Then I glued the black lattice pieces onto the cards and smeared around their edges with black paint.

I stamped and cut out some hearts from Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts stamp set and glued them to my cards.  I sewed over them with my sewing machine.  I wanted to add one more text-type of element, so I punched some circles out of some Tim Holtz flashcards.  I love the classic retro look of the font.

I glued my circles on and these ATC's were done!

Here are the fine supplies I used from Simon Says Stamp:

I am excited to see your ATC's!  Upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store. 

Also, be sure to check out the inspiring Simon Says Kids Only Summer Challenge!


  1. Love these Andrea!! the colours and textures are fabulous! I love how you added the black using a sharpie and just scribbled it on, the whole design of these is so very arty, GORGEOUS! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Wow awesome are these? A true work of everything about them...kudos!!! Hugs xxx Simona

  3. I love these, Andrea! Your backgrounds are so cool and I love the splatter paint backgrounds. Your colors are always so vibrant and amazing. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  4. These are amazing, Andrea! Love how you punched out parts of the words, that great lattice (I need to add to my wishlist!), and your splats are so cool! I am going to put my apron on first, and try out your technique, my talented friend! hugs, Maura

  5. smears and splatters and colors-oh my! LOVE!

  6. Your ATCs are gorgeous, Andrea. The colors and texture you created on the background are so beautiful! Love those fabulous hearts, too. :)

  7. This is a great and happy set! Love the colors and the splashes and that you added the black too. Great stamps. Hugs, Marzena

  8. I love ATCs and this trio is fabulous - I love the heart motif against the rainbow backgrounds.
    Alison x

  9. These are fab! I just luv your style. Going to have to try that stain smash technique!

  10. These are stunning Andrea! I love that you punched circles from the Flash cards, and the black and white hearts look wonderful on the colorful background.

  11. These ATC are FANTASTIC!!!! I love the colors and how they perfectly blends together!
    I also love the way you added the punched circles!!

  12. Gorgeous ATCs with such wonderful detail, amazing depth and fabulous texture...these are just fantastic Andrea and I love them! :)

  13. a gorgeous trio of little works of art...absolutely stunning hugs kath xxx

  14. These ATC's are amazing! Love the gorgeous bright colored backgrounds with the black and white artsy heart on top! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Andrea every week your colors amaze me! These Atcs are fabulous and your use of Dina's stamps outstanding, love how you prepare your white base and the way you add your style! fabulous! barbara