Artist Trading Card 136 – Never Give Up

July 15, 2018 — 9 Comments

Today I have another Artist Trading Card to share with you. This one again has a bit of a theme based around recent life events.

Fancy a read?

FYI, if you would like to see more from the ATC range that I have created, please feel free to raid the blog archive.

So, after giving notice last December about the changes that were going to happen to the Digital Craft Emporium website I had hoped that it would only take a few weeks. A couple of months at most.

Six months later and happy with what I had created I finally launched the updated website.

Various other things, even simple day to day things can really take time away from building your dreams but great things take time and you should NEVER GIVE UP!

Using that ethos as a theme, I created this.

Artist Trading Card 136 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter S


Think I might keep this one on my work desk, lol!

If you would like to know a little more about this project, here are a list of the supplies used and a quick step-by-step of the method.


  • Blank Artist Trading Card.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Spun Sugar.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Salty Ocean.
  • Archival Inkpad – Black
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers
  • Stampscapes Rubber Stamp 195G – Pine & Rocks
  • Ink Blending Tool.
  • Large Acrylic Block.
  • Pritt Stick.


  1. An even coat of spun sugar ink was applied to the bottom half of the ATC with a blending tool.
  2. I then added the salty ocean to the top half, using the blending tool to soften the blend in the centre of the ATC.
  3. With the black inkpad and pin & rocks stamps, an impression was printed at the bottom of the ATC, allowing the rocks to fall off the bottom edge so that they wouldn’t appear on the finished piece.
  4. To finish, the sentiment was then stuck to the top edge of the ATC.
  5. Some additional shading was added to the edge with an alcohol marker.

So quick, yet such a powerful message and I think that the trees, which take decades to grow to their full height, really helped endorse the sentiment clear.

What do you think? Would you have done anything differently?

Oh, by the way, if you would like to see more from the ATC range that I have created, please feel free to raid the blog archive.

As always, if you have any questions or comments about this post then please feel free to use the comments section below.

I’ll see you again with another blog post very soon.

J :)

9 responses to Artist Trading Card 136 – Never Give Up

    Kathryn Hales July 16, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Love this and so inspiring – think I will have to make something like this for my desk. Thank you for sharing.

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    Hazel M Preston July 15, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Hi John could I please ask the size of your ATC cards. I have just stated on this type of craft and have found the size differing on different sites. Thank you.

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      Hi Hazel.
      ATCs have always traditionally been a standard 3.5″ x 2.5″.
      Any other size and they’re not, technically, ATCs. All sorts of variations, like postcard sized, coin shaped, cubed and so on have cropped up over the last few years but if actually collecting and trading, it should be the size above.


    Jackie Ashdown July 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    A lovely card John. I too would definitely put this on show. Xx

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    Beautiful! Clare x

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    catwithoneear July 15, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Very atmospheric John. I love your mini works of art. You are right-never give up. X Chris

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    Gorgeous John, if it was mine I also would put it on my desk. I would chance nothing, I especially love the colours you used, awesome! Have a nice sunday.

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    Beautiful creation John xxx hazel

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