Artist Trading Card 141 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

Artist Trading Card 141 – Blossom

It can take a good amount of toil and laying around in poop to make a beautiful flower truly bloom. Obviously, the flower lays in the poop, not you.

This week’s Artist Trading Card celebrates the fruits of those labours.

Fancy a look?

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

Now, as I mentioned, it takes a lot of hard work to grow a truly beautiful bloom. It’s kinda how I’ve been thinking lately. It’s a couple of years now since I stepped out on my own, holding back the black dawg and relying on my own abilities to pay the bills yet it’s only now that I am starting to see the fuller fruits of those labours.

The flower head is there, it will need more work to come to full bloom, however, the hard work is the poop in which this bloom has been building it’s strength – and my poop is apparently powerful stuff as it has kept that flower growing for all of that time, despite the odd bit of metaphorical weedkiller getting spritzed nearby.

Anyway, enough analogies, and enough about poop! On with the Artist Trading Card.

Artist Trading Card 141 by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

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.



  1. Stamp the flower using the black inkpad onto the blank ATC. I stamped off the edge to give some cool white space in the middle.
  2. Colour in using your choice of pencils/colours. Blend in a consistent fashion, i.e. shade all towards or away from the centre of the flower.
  3. Add sentiment.

Seriously, that was it. That’s why I love these little projects. They can be as much or as little as you like.

Once again, something so small contains a whole bunch of metaphors and analogies – or it’s just pretty. 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 141 – Blossom

  1. Hi John, I found the correct canvas I was supposed to be in, many thanks for pointing me the right direction. Many thanks John, be happy x

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  2. Love your blooms and analogies, John. A few years ago I admired you for stepping out of your comfort zone and going on by yourself. And how! You have come so far and growing every day like a bloom. Thank you for letting us enjoy it to.

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  3. That looks lovely John – and I love your analogies. Quite often when crafting I get too complicated and overthink what I’m doing and it all ends up in the bin so it just goes to show how getting back to basics can be beautiful and it’s also stress free. I’m also happy and relieved to hear that you are starting to see gradual improvements in your life. Thanks for sharing again. Liz X

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  4. Lovely ATC John. Started making some myself earlier this year for a craft group swap. I love the challenge of the small size. Our next challenge is Halloween.

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