Artist Trading Card Daily – 88

May 2, 2015 — 10 Comments

Hello again. How are you? Good I hope.

For this post I thought that I would keep it simple and have a go at a technique that I have seen others do but, weirdly given it’s simplicity, have never done myself.

This is what I came up with.

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A very simple affair as I mentioned.

This Artist Trading Card started with some Watercolour Cardstock onto which I stamped the Thank you sentiment.

I then grabbed the “Illumination” set of stamps from Penny Black (which has some lovely florals on it) and applied colour to the stamp with my Zig Art and Graphic Twin Pens. This was then stamped directly onto the cardstock and a single spritz of water mist was applied which spread the colours a little.

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To finished I edged the watercolour card with black ink (to give it a hint of a border) and then mounted it onto some embossed cardstock.

I did also apply a glitter swirl to each flower however if I did this over, I would leave that bit out – a classic case of less is definitely more.

But anyway, a pretty little design none-the-less.

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What do you think? Would you agree that the glitter was not needed? How would you do it differently?

As always, if you have any comments or questions about this post then please feel free to use the comments section below. Also, If you know of anyone that would appreciate reading this post, there are handy sharing icons below.

Many thanks for taking the time to read about my little mini make.

I’ll see you again soon!

J :)


10 responses to Artist Trading Card Daily – 88


    Quick question John – did you spritz the paper after applying the ink or spritz the ink on the stamp? Sorry to be so thick, but I really like this effect and want to have a go!!! Thanks, Susan



    Simply beautiful. I also like the glitter as it does give a bit of extra ‘something’ but if you do something similar again it may look good with the tiny beads for the flower centres as stamens. Thanks again for the detailed instructions. X



    Hi John

    I have to disagree with you, I think the glitter swirl gives the flower extra definition. Perhaps instead use a colour pencil in a darked tone and add shading to define some petals? Obviously I’m seeing it on a screen not in real life so the lighting of the colours makes a major difference. I was looking at some watercolour pens to do similar, as I believe you can overstamp starting with very wet letting it dry them stamping over again. Oh dear, thinking in type again… but that’s a complement to you for making me think in the first place.

    Have you thought about how you will display/ store all your ATCs? There’s a lot of fun options there I’d imagine making something stunning for them.


    T x



    I totally agree with the others,love the glitter swirls…you have to have a little glitter on,….it’s the rules,lol

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    Adrienne Bloom May 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I really like this one John. It is very free & the colours are beautiful. Definitely my style

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    actually I like the glitter swirl, it gives the image a bit more depth and construct. Again, I love your choice of colour.


    Lynne Millson May 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    John, I am very much a glitter person so do like the hint of the glitter, I like this, simple and effective.


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