Hello everyone, Erena here.
I hope you are enjoying the summer.
I wanted to share my favorite type of tiny treasure…Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). These can be so quick and fun to make. The best part is that you get to trade them with other artists, creating a truly meaningful experience. It has added so much to my life and is essential to my self-care.
Sheet of paper (I like watercolor paper)
Craft glue stick
Sponge dauber or make up sponge
Favorite stamp and archival ink
The Gauche Alchemy SHOP has some great items to get you started– punchinella is a favorite!
Step 1: Using your gelli plate, create a gelli print using your favorite colors and stencils. Cut the sheet once the paint dries to ATC size (3.5 x 2.5).
Step 2: Stamp on your cards. I used 2 types of stamps here. No overthinking.
Step 3: Take your stencil and black paint. I try not to overthink it, just fill in blank space.
Step 4: I used a bold paint color to make some circles using the same stencil.
Step 5: Rather than wasting extra paint, I took my punchinella and decorated envelopes. This is a nice touch when trading ATCs. I always put paper goodies and a handwritten note in my happy mail.
Step 6: Finishing touches. I used a white pen and doodled on the pink circles.
There are so many different ways to make ATCs. I like to make several at a time and save the extras. That way you can still participate in a swap when you are busy.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or if you would like to trade ATCs.
Until next time