Artist Trading Card 137 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter S

Artist Trading Card 137 – Choose To Shine

Some days it can be a struggle to show your true talents, especially if you are like me. Thought I’d come up with something for the ATC series of blog posts to illustrate this.

Here is what I created.

Artist Trading Card 137 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter S

I think the choice of colours in the landscape – the dreary grey – can sum up the mood on a down day BUT look up and you will see that one lone star is choosing to shine REALLY HARD – that’s me that is.

I was going to make the analogy with the moon but then I would be mooning really hard, and no-one wants that! 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 – Black Soot,
  • Archival Inkpad – Black,
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers,
  • Stampscapes Rubber Stamp 188F – Rocky Peaks,
  • Ink Blending Tool,
  • Large Acrylic Block,
  • Pritt Stick,
  • White Gel Pen,


  1. Use the Pritt stick to apply the stamp to the acrylic block.
  2. Ink the stamp with the Archival Inkpad.
  3. Make an impression on the ATC. Give this a few minutes to fully set or use a heat tool to heat set it.
  4. Clean the stamp and pop it back in its packet.
  5. Use the ink blending tool in a very gentle circular motion to start bringing in some of the black soot ink from the edge building up a gentle all over colour and then adding more to the top third. Heat set this or let it dry for a few minutes.
  6. Stick the sentiment strip onto the ATC.
  7. Use the white gel pen to add the shining star above the sentiment.

So quick, yet such a powerful message. 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 :)

8 thoughts on “Artist Trading Card 137 – Choose To Shine

  1. I think your work is amazing, and your blog and posts have helped pull me through some of my darkest moments. So no, there is nothing about this work I would change.


  2. This is my feeling at the moment – a beautiful tag and no, I would change nothing. simple but meaningful, and as you say, the colour although ‘dreary’ as you put it, makes the star shine all the brighter. Your art work, as usual is thoughtful, beautiful and just you x

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