ATC’s for friends

My first venture into making ATC (Artist Trading Card) was inspired by A Vintage Journey Challenge 13, particularly Richele Christensen’s creations.

I had some friends in mind when I was thinking about the designs and I wanted to reflect their interests.


Embossed backgrounds
I Covered card with foil tape and then dry embossed each card. I chose a TH embossing folder for each friend, I had steampunk, Ruth had American journey, Carol had butterflies and Marilyn had Autumn leaves because she likes countryside walking.

I used Distress Paints to create Tim’s Industrial background technique. The colours are meant to reflect the themes. I discovered that each colour has to be painted and wiped off individually otherwise the colours mix!


My ATC with the Steampunk theme had a Paperartsy stamp and TH film ribbon stapled on. I stamped Adventure onto the band and added a metal tag to the knot.





Ruth is going on holiday to America soon and I selected USA and holiday stamps. Her husband is a vintage car fan, the jalopy is travelling along a film strip ribbon road.



I chose butterflies for Carol, one of Tim’s stamps. I love inking with Distress Markers and then huffing on the stamp! I dyed the crinkle ribbon with Distress Stain and added a key. I stamped a C on the brad holding the key. I changed the background from the original embossing folder, choosing one which matched the butterfly stamps.

The last ATC had Autumn Leaves and acorns from a TH die cut from cor’dinations paper, sanded and inked. I embossed orange cor’dinations with the background die and frayed ribbon for texture. I added some chit chat stickers with tiny brads.

I really enjoyed making my first ATC’s and maybe they won’t be the last. I used some Tim techniques and lots of his products. I hope my friends like their cards!

7 thoughts on “ATC’s for friends

    • Thanks Sara Emily! When I saw the challenge I thought that’s not for me, too fiddly. It was when I read Richele’s article I decided to have a go. I loved it, definitely make a few to put onto cards. Funny how inspiration hits you! X

  1. What great ATCs… love those metallic backgrounds and how each one is individual, yet they work as a set too. So happy the challenge encouraged you to try your first ATCs, and I hope they won’t be your last! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  2. I just love my badge – think I’ll wear it when I go to America in case I get lost! Definitely going yo try the embossed metal technique!

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