Monday, 21 August 2017

A Memory To Hold...

Hi everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) and we can't wait to see the tiny pieces of artwork that you will create.
Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5″ x 3.5″.
This was my first time making an ATC and to be honest I'm used to working on a much larger surface, probably 20 times this size so it was something I was not used to at all but once I'd gathered together some tiny things to work with, I made two cards, one continual piece of artwork, that when joined together tell one story ~ the story of young children's dreams and memories, no matter where they are in the world!

...and here's how I created these pieces!

To begin with I cut two pieces of Heavyweight Mixed Media card to measure 2.5" x 3.5". I then applied my first layer of paint onto the surface and used a blend of Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood and Antique Linen Distress Paint.
I then added strips of tissue tape applied randomly across the centre of each ATC before applying some gesso and adding a little more depth of colour using Distress Crayons in Pumice Stone and Black Soot.

Once I was happy with the colour, I then stitched around the outside of each card and added some paint splats and scratches to the background.
Now to move onto the globe and for this I used Tim's Mini Globe die which is just the perfect size for these. I die cut the globe from Mixed Media card and then used Distress Oxide Ink Pads to add the colour. I applied the ink, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and Peeled Paint, directly to my craft sheet, spritzed the ink with water and just dragged the die cut through the ink, picking up as much colour as I wanted and going back to add more colour to certain areas. Heat dry the globe and then cut in half.

I used Collage Medium to attach one half to one of the cards, placing it on the right and the second half to the second card, placing this on the left. At this stage, I also collaged some Snippets Ephemera pieces not my background, layering the pieces and attaching them with Collage Medium.
Next, I splattered some white paint over the top of the layers and dry before then adding the Paper Doll images, which I lightly coloured using Distress Marker Pens.
I attached the dolls over a bed of sisal fibres and used foam pads to secure them into place. I also added a twig to each card, so that each couple were grounded.
Finally I added some Remnant Rubs, some Clippings Stickers, an Index Clip and Star Adornment to complete my ATC's and to complete the project, some gems from Little Things From Lucy's Cards.

So, I really hope that you love the projects I created and if like me, you've never made an ATC before, this and the team's projects has given you the inspiration to join us in our ATC's challenge!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

At the moment, we also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE to go directly to the challenge page

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. Fabulous! I love the design and the colours are stunning! Jennie x

  2. Gorgeous ATC's Emma, I love that when put together they are one piece of art, the background and paper dolls are fabulous! The whole design, and thought behind these is brilliant!

    Lols x x x

  3. I discovered ATCs about 6 years ago and am addicted. Yours are fabulous!

  4. Beautiful as always, Emma! Even though you said you never made an ATC before, I knew you'd create something awesome. I love how the two cards when together tell a story. So clever!

    Cathie ♥

  5. As always, stunning work. Love how the two cards work together to create the story. Well done!

  6. You create amazing art no matter the scale of it!!! These ATCs are absolutely gorgeous, I love the vintage feel...Stunning, talented Emma!!! Huge hugs xxx Simona

  7. So pretty and great that they make one story when put together.

  8. These are awesome, Emma! I love how you made them to also fit together, such a cool idea! Colors are gorgeous, and I love your story behind them. hugs, Maura

  9. amazing just how much one can get onto a small substrate. These are gorgeous!!

  10. These are stunning, Emma! (Just like you.) Love how you created a story from two ATCs.

  11. Love your gorgeous ATCs, Emma. The layered embellishments and the texture you created are fabulous. :)

  12. These are absolutely delightful! How can you never have done an ATC?! Fabulous first go, and I hope there'll be more to come.
    Alison x

  13. These are so pretty Emma and I love that you made them so that they become one if placed side by side. The backgrounds are lovely and I love the green globe.

  14. These atc's are gorgeous! I love the texture and the way they connect to each other. Beautiful.

  15. Beautiful ATCs Emma, they are so delicate and they have the perfect finished look. I have so much to learn from you! I'm a lucky girl to be in team with you! xx

  16. beautiful little works of art and great job teamie from a fellow first timer...hug kath xxx

  17. Okay, Emma! I know I saw this all the time, but these are seriously some of my favorite creations of yours! I was in love with the color palette from the get-go and really like the way these tell a story. And then when I saw that they lined up and made one bigger piece of art??? I literally gasped out loud! Thank you for always creating gasp-worthy art! I really adore these.

  18. These are so pretty, Emma! Love that the Globe is in the middle and you can see that it's cut in half! Really fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Size isn't important for your creativity! These ATC's are fanastic as your " big" projects. As always your design and your attention to details are absolutely amazing! Fab work! Barbara

  20. Absolutely brilliant as ever. I have never designed ATC's and don't know anyone that has, your attention to detail is as exquisite on these as on the larger pieces. Wow

  21. Emma you can turn your talented hand and mind to any size when creating art and these two beauties are a clear indication of that. These two ATC's are absolutely fabulous. Beautiful background colours, wonderful collaged elements and I just love that two can become one ( had to slip in the 'can' there so as you didn't think I was gonna break out in song lol ). Another challenge well n truly nailed .
    Big hugs x


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Emma ~xx

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