Artist Trading Card 140 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

Artist Trading Card 140 – Replace Fear

Fear is such a disabling emotion, I would say. Fear of the unknown can have us sitting unable to move and wondering what will happen.

Over the years I have tried to replace this with curiosity – it doesn’t always work but I thought that it’d be cool to make an ATC to remind me of this.

Fancy a look?

Ok, here it be.

Artist Trading Card 140 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

Love the bright colours and the simple imagery. Really sets the text off well.

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 148F – Waterside Bluff (Left),
  • Archival Inkpad – Black,
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Spun Sugar,
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad – Salty Ocean,
  • Ink Blending Tool,
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers,
  • Scissors,
  • Large Acrylic Block,
  • Pritt Stick,


  1. Stamp out the wavey design towards the base of the ATC using the black archival inkpad and give it a couple of minutes to dry. I stamped it upside down and positioned it so that most of the grassy bank was off of the ATC.
  2. Use the ink blending tool to create a graduated pink background from the top edge to just below the top edge of the water.
  3. Again, with the ink blending tool, apply a graduated layer of the salty ocean ink working from the bottom edge to just above the top edge of the water.
  4. Trim the sentiment and apply to the ATC.

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 :)

7 thoughts on “Artist Trading Card 140 – Replace Fear

  1. It’s lovely John, the sentiment is great and you said it yourself already, love the bright colours and the simple imagery and I can fully agree with that! Thanks for showing this piece of art.

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  2. It’s sort of surprisingly lovely if you know what I mean. It spoke to me in a way I didn’t expect. I do admire the way you manage to keep fighting back against the demons. When I’m down my creativity deserts me, just when I need it most. Thank you for your inspirational creations.

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