Artist Trading Card 139 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

Artist Trading Card 139 – Stronger Than Yesterday

Every day can be a challenge. Every little issue can seem like it’s dragging you down. The flip side of these annoying little niggles is that they build strength, resilience and character.

This ATC is a reminder that no matter what is going on today, you have come a long way and are stronger than you were yesterday.

Using that ethos as a theme, I created this.

Artist Trading Card 139 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

I thought that the tiny little rock poking its head above the water level was a good visual metaphor for the message of building a little island of strength.

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,
  • Stampscapes Rubber Stamp – Set 2B “Nature Sheet 2”,
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Squeezed Lemonade,
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Tumbled Glass,
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Evergreen Bough,
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers,
  • Ink Blending Tool,
  • Pigma Micron Pen,
  • Large Acrylic Block,
  • Pritt Stick,
  • Post It Notes,


  1. I began by masking off the upper half of the ATC with a post-it note and using the ink blending tool to apply some of the tumbled glass ink, graduating from top to bottom.
  2. I then cleaned the blending tool off and applied a fresh post-it note over the inked area and applied some of the squeezed lemonade colour to the bottom half.
  3. The evergreen bough colour was then used to stamp out the ‘Rocks In Water’ stamp from the Stampscapes Rubber Stamp – Set 2B “Nature Sheet 2 set. I used the Pritt stick to temporarily affix the stamp to the acrylic block.
  4. A few drops of water were flicked over the design.
  5. Finally, the sentiment was stuck in place and then edged with the Pigma Micron pen.

Once again, something so small contains such a powerful statement. Is it just because of the personal reason behind it or does it speak to you too?

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

Oh by the way, again, 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 :)

18 thoughts on “Artist Trading Card 139 – Stronger Than Yesterday

  1. Hello John.
    I’ve missed some of these ATC’s. I’ve missed quite a few posts, not just on your blog but on all the blogs I follow, due to being poorly. But .. after over 6 years of investigations I’ve now been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 3 weeks ago. It would seem that an awful lot of us are getting that diagnosis, I see from the comments here.
    (I had no idea what Fibro was, so I’m trying to learn by reading and asking questions).

    This ATC today spoke to me. It’s a fabulous little work of heart, and I love it and the message it holds.

    I promise to try and catch up with all of the ATC’s, for I know that all the ones I’ve missed will be incredible.
    Sending bundles of love and bunches of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Fibromyalgia is an other silent alment, but to be able to put that on to paper or a little A T card is a challenge maybe i will be able one day to do that with John’s inspiration, thank John xx

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  3. I love your ATCs. I am always amazed by how much you can get into such a small space, something I really struggle with. This one is an inspiration X
    Chris K

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  4. A message which could be applied to most of us at some point John. I had to say goodbye to my beloved greyhound, Murphy 2 weeks ago & I try telling myself this each day. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas you share with us. XXX

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  5. Hi John this little gem really reasonates with me. I’m slowly recovering from a lumber strain only to be diagnosed with shingles today! But tomorrow I will be stronger than I am now…..fingers, toes and anything else that can be crossed. I’m keeping this one in the forefront of my mind for when I can sit comfortably to put my own spin on the theme. Always a joy to see what you are doing. Keep well, happy and bringing your ideas to inspire us all. Karen c

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