A New Stamping Adventure (for me!)

I’m back from my trip to France, and facing a whirlwind of activity!  Recently I was invited to participate in a Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group to swap ATCs- Artist Trading Cards- which are 3.5x 2.5 inch little cards intended only for trading, never for sale.  While they are done in a variety of media, this group wanted to highlight our products and trade ideas for their use.  I decided to use one of my favorite stamps, Beauty Abounds, and to document my process.  If you are not familiar with ATCs, do a Pinterest or internet search- the results are amazing! Here is the final product:

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First, I made my own pretty paper by stamping the same stamp in Pool Party all over Whisper White cardstock, turning the stamp so it would face different directions.

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Next, I cut that paper into pieces that were 3.25 x 2.25 inches, stamped a flourish, greeting, and “splatters” on each piece, and mounted them with Tombow Multi Glue on 3.5 x 2.5 inch bases of Pool Party cardstock.

I only needed one small part of the butterfly diecut, so I positioned it accordingly, and cut it with my Big Shot diecutting machine (I used my Take Your Pick Tool to get the tiny bits out!).  Then, I trimmed the butterfly and hand cut pieces of vellum to glue to the back of the butterfly. I held them up to the light to check placement!

Finally, I use mini-dimensionals, cut it half, to adhere the butterfly to the card.  I positioned it slightly out of the white frame to give it some “movement”.

Of course, if you aren’t interested in swapping ATCs, you could still make similar cards and adhere them to the front of a plain folded card, or decorate the card with coordinating papers before adhering the ATC.  Give it a try!

Happy Stamping,


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