Elegant Artist Trading Cards

Today, I want to share a set of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that I created for a Madonna and Child swap. They all started with the same technique.

I started with an old ledger background paper and a set of plastic snowflakes as my masks. Lay the snowflakes across the paper.

Spray the mist over the snowflakes:

Carefully remove the snowflakes and set aside. Let the paper dry.

Stamp the image using black archival ink . I selected the area of the snowflake to place my faces of my mother and child. I liked the play of the light and dark.

Cut the image down to size. The next step is to create a lovely shimmer over the image.

Ink up the entire surface of the image using VersaMark watermark ink. Cover the image with crystal embossing powder and heat emboss. After the image is embossed, it will look like this:

To add another layer of gloss, ink up the surface with VersaMark watermark ink again and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

All of the images were taped to white cardstock. The cardstock was cut to standard ATC measurements of 2½” x 3½”.

To finish the ATCs, I used a variety of borders and embossing powders to add silver and gold details.

The first ATC uses a border punch and metallic foil tape. I attached it around the edges and accented with gems.

A few more variations using different colors, sticker borders, and embossing enamels:


  • Stamps: Hero Arts ArtPrints Silent Night Holy Night, Inkadinkado Nativity 95633-Y
  • Stampendous Class Appeal Stickers
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Black, Coffee
  • Ranger Metallic Foil Tape
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder: Crystal, Clear
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel: Aged Gold, Aged Silver
  • Tattered Angels Cornflower Daze Chalkboard Glimmer Mist
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

Happy Crafting!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)