Today I’m going to show you how to make a sweet, vintage-themed Artist Trading Card (ATC), using absolutely NO commercial scrapbooking papers, stickers, etc.
- manila folder or shipping tag
- paper cutter
- computer w/internet connection, printer w/color ink and plain white paper (optional)
- Old patterns, ephemera, magazines
- Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
- Ink Blending Tool w/foam
- old book
- paper doily (4″)
- acrylic paint (white, red)
- wire mesh
- paint brushes
- Perfect Pearls (Jewel Tones)
- Inkssentials Mini-Misters
- Mod Podge – Gloss
- Mod Podge – Matte
- Pop Up Glue Dots
- sandpaper or sanding block
- typewriter font (I used “1942 report”)
First, I cut a piece of the manila folder/tag to ATC size – 2.5″ wide by 3.5″ tall. This is the standard for ATC’s.
Then (this is where the internet comes in handy!), I went to Flickr, and searched for non-copyrighted images which are free for printing and using in art. I found a great group called “Collage Images (NOT FOR POSTING ART)” where people have uploaded thousands of images (mostly vintage) for use in collage…dictionary pages, sewing patterns, encyclopedia pages, newspaper advertisements, old postcards and letters…you name it, it’s probably there.
I found this adorable image of an old sewing pattern, and printed it out at 5″x7″ size on regular copy paper. I also tore out a page from an old book I picked up at a thrift store for a dollar a while back.
I covered part of the ATC base in Matte Mod Podge, and tore some of the book text and placed it down on the ATC base. I let it dry, then tore it off at the edges. I used a sanding block to sand the edges and the torn edge. Then, I took a bit of white acrylic paint, watered down just a tad, and painted over the card to mute the book text some.
Next, I spritzed the entire card with my homemade Perfect Pearl spray (teal). Then, I went around the edges of the card with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I wanted to add additional texture to the background, so I added some red acrylic paint using a stencil brush and a piece of wire mesh.
I took a 4″ paper doily and used the Pearl-Ex paint method to change it from white to a gorgeous pearlescent green-blue color. I used Gloss Mod Podge mixed with a bit of Matte Mod Podge (to cut down the glossiness a bit) to glue down the doily on one side of the ATC, and trimmed the rest of the doily off. I lightly brushed over the doily top with my ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I then cut out one of the girls from the vintage sewing pattern cover I printed out. I wanted to be able to pop her up a bit, so she needed to be more sturdy. I found a piece of cardboard packaging, used Mod Podge to glue her onto it, and cut her out. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges, and used Pop Up Glue Dots to adhere the girl to the card and give her some dimension.
Finally, I wanted to add some text to my ATC. I opened a text document on my computer, and typed my phrase, using a typewriter font. I have several free typewriter fonts which I have downloaded from various sites…this time I used “1942 report.” I printed out my text on regular copy paper, cut the words apart, and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. (You could also cut the words out of old magazines, dictionaries, or books!)
I adhered the words to the card using Matte Mod Podge, and that’s it – my ATC was finished! I love the vintage feel of it, and I am going to keep it displayed in my studio as a reminder to take time out to play every day!
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Jen writes a craft blog at http://mycraftyfriendjen.blogspot.com/, and has been featured on One Pretty Thing, Sew Mama Sew, Simple Mom, and The Tip Junkie. She has also been a guest designer for The Paper Trail. You can connect with her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Clark-Designs/168798893156390?v=wall, or on Twitter under her user name JenClark74.