Friday, September 11, 2015

Sin City Stamps ATC Blog Hop

Hi everyone.  So glad you decided to join us today because the Sin City Stamps design team have a fun blog hop for you to enjoy.  Please click here to see a link-up of all of the blog hop participants.  Just click on their thumbnail to be taken directly to their blog.

Our theme is ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards.  If you don't know what an ATC is, let me explain.

  1. Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cardsbaseball cards, or 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.

Here's what you need to do to win!

Visit each blog and leave a comment.

Return to the Sin City Stamps blog and leave a comment there to enter to win your choice of ATC stamps.

Like both the Sin City Stamps Facebook page and Sin City Stamps YouTube Channel.

A random winner will be chosen on Monday, 14 September, and announced on the Facebook page.

Now, for my project today, I want to share a set of three ATCs, all made using some of my favorite Sin City Stamps.

ATC Fronts

ATC Backs


ATC #1

Cut three pieces of white chipboard to 2-1/2" by 3-1/2", paint with Oatmeal chalk paint.

ATC #1:  Stamp dandelions  on the ATC and add dots of Cantaloupe and Platinum Pearl Paints, as shown.
Tear a strip of print paper from the 7Gypsies pad, ink edges and adhere along top edge.  Stamp two butterflies  onto print paper, fussy cut and adhere to ATC.
Stamp Weed or Wish? onto solid color paper from the 7Gypsies pad, cut out, ink edges, adhere to chipboard for dimension, then adhere to ATC.  Add three tiny metal square stickers, as shown.
ATC #2
ATC #2:  Emboss with Tropical Paisley embossing folder and sand the high spots to reveal the white chipboard.
Use a blending tool to color the high spots with Fired Brick distress ink.

Stamp bird twice onto scrap print paper from 7Gypsies pad with black archival ink, cut out one complete bird, and one wing.  Adhere wing to bird, and draw in an eye with a black marker and white gel pen.

Stamp creativity definition  onto solid color paper from 7Gypsies pad with black archival ink, cut around it and ink edges.  Glue to a piece of chipboard and adhere to ATC.

Stamp clock face with black archival ink onto print paper, punch out with 2" paper punch, and cut in half.
Add Fired Brick distress ink and adhere left half of clock face to left side of ATC.  Add Fired Brick distress ink to wood clock hand, stamp Wish with black archival ink.  Adhere to clock face.  Adhere bird with foam dots, so it looks like it is perched on the clock hand.
Add dots of Platinum pearl paint around clock face, and adhere tiny gold metal stickers to top and bottom of ATC, as shown.

ATC #3
ATC #3:  Emboss ATC with Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder and sand the high spots to reveal the white chipboard.
Use a blending tool to color the high spots with Vintage Photo distress ink.
Stamp music notes portion of the birds with nest onto a piece of Authentique print paper with Tree Branch archival ink.  Ink paper with Faded Jeans distress ink, tear bottom edge and adhere to top of ATC.

Ink the other half of the stamped clock face from ATC #2 above with Faded Jeans distress ink and adhere to right side of ATC. Add dots of Pearl Platinum Pearl paint around the edge.

Stamp Make A Wish with black archival ink and punch with a decorative punch.  Adhere to a piece of chipboard for dimension and then to top of ATC.  Add a dot on either side with Cantaloupe pearl paint.

Stamp Dream key onto same paper used to stamp the butterflies above with black archival ink.  Fussy cut and adhere with pop dots.

Add three tiny gold metal square stickers to the top and bottom corners, as shown.

Bonus ATC
Bonus ATC:  The birds with nest image was stamped onto the Authentique brick pattern paper with black archival ink.  I stamped around the image with the crackle stamp, also with black ink.  Using a blending tool, I added the four Distress inks to quickly color the background.
I used a water brush on the birds, nest, flowers, and leaves, to remove some of the distress inks color. This is a technique by Tim Holtz, since distress inks are reactive with water, you can "erase" some of the color.
I used various colored pencils to fill in the image, and added dots of Cantaloupe pearl paint to the flower centers.  

Stamp Wings of Love in black archival ink onto solid print paper, punch with decorative label punch. Adhere to chipboard and then to the ATC.  Add three square metal stickers to the top and bottom corners, as shown,

I used this ATC background stamp to finish off this ATC.  These stamps are perfect for adding just the right touch to the reverse side of all of your ATCs, allowing you to sign and date them, and also number them, as well as give them a theme if you are trading them.  

Bonus ATC Back

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps:  Terri Sproul's Vintage Set (music background with birds and nest)
Terri Sproul's Wish set (dandelions, butterflies, creativity definition, Make A Wish, Weed or Wish?)
Birds and Clocks (clock face, bird)
Sin City Wings (Wings of Love, crackle background)
Steampunk'd (dream key)
Michelle Frae Cummings Steampunk ATC Card
Vintage Keys ATC Card
Manila card stock
Oatmeal chalk paint (Folk Art)
Papers:  Gypsy Market 6x6 pad (7Gypsies); Accomplished 6x6 pad (Authentique)
Embossing Folders: Diamonds in the Rough (Cuttlebug); Tropical Paisley (Sizzix)
Distress Ink Pads:  Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade
Archival Ink Pads:  Jet Black, Tree Branch
Ranger Liquid Pearls: , Platinum, Platinum Pearl, Cantaloupe
Gold Metal Stickers (TPC Studio)
Foam dots

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs, and Like both the Sin City Stamps Facebook page and the Sin City Stamps YouTube Channel for your chance to win!

Good luck, and have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Fabulous explanation on what you did on your pretty ATC's. Your little birds and butterflies are so lovely.

  2. great blog post write up. thanks for the info and I do love nature, you have showcased well

  3. These cards are wonderful. Love the colors and texture.

  4. Barbra I love your style of cards, and all the great textures you used and the dark colors and I love the great sin city blog.

  5. oh Barbara! These are just beautiful!! I love that wish set!! xx

  6. Oh my heck, these are gorgeous. I have to say, I kept scrolling back to the embossed diamond technique...LOVED IT! Loved all the stamps you used for these vintage pieces!

  7. Hey Barbara ...I love all the textured details on your cards...beautiful job.

  8. wonderful, wonderful job with explaination!!

  9. Gorgeous Barbara! LOVE the dimension!!