Monday, August 21, 2017

Simon Says...Make An Artist Trading Card

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge.
We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16. CLICK HERE to go directly to the challenge page.


and the theme for this week is...
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. 
The only official rule for ATCs is the size 2.5" x 3.5"

I have to confess when I saw this week's challenge...there was a huge intake of breath followed by a major panic moment because the thought of working on such a small area scares the living daylights out of me but a challenge is a challenge and it's good sometimes to take yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge your don't know how it will go until you try.
I made a trio of ATCs with a Halloween theme using the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames stamp set...the second largest stamp in the set is the perfect size and I couldn't resist having a play with the fabulous new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween Thinlits...
and at risk of sounding immodest they turned out better than I thought. But old habits die hard and my brain soon returned to larger surface mode so I used my spooky trio to decorate a Halloween Wall Hanger...
I stamped the label frame on to 3 different scraps of Tim Holtz Ideaology Halloween Paper Stash using Simon Says Intense Black Dye Ink, backed them on to white card and trimmed around the edges...
I used a selection of die cuts from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Haunted House, Village Graveyard, Witchcraft and Scarecrow, trimming them down to fit...
added Ideaology Clippings and inked around the edges with a Black Soot Distress Oxide
Halloween Fringing...
and Halloween Remnant Rubs...
I used an 8 x 8 sheet of paper from the Halloween Paper Stash as the background for the wall hanger and die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cobweb from the black paper in the Ideaology KraftStock Paper Stash, fixing it in place with Distress Collage Medium...easy fiddling around with dots of glue.
I used the Rosette Layering Stencil with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide to add some colour to the background and added Black Soot around the edges...
I used Idea-ology Boneyard Findings to create the "H" and added Label Letters to complete the word, added an Apothecary Vial filled with Bones, Adornments Spiders coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint fixed to Black Eclectic Elements Thread... 
a Broomstick, a Word Band coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Idea-ology Fringe (my new addiction) and Typography letters coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint and sanded back...

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and our Guest Designer Simona.As always you have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Fabulously spooky ATC's Kath! I can't wait to get me some of these Halloween goodies! to make them into a wall hanging is a brilliant idea too! GORGEOUS!!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Never thought of you being scared of any kind of craft challenge because you constantly surprise us all and maybe yourself now..!!!!!!!..this is amazing Kath as always, you never fail, brilliant idea....xx

  3. WOW! Awesome wall plaque! I adore the ATC's they look magical together with all the wonderful Halloween embellishments.
    Linda xxx

  4. I love your cards, Kath! Halloween is one of my favorite themes to create and these are fabulous.

    Cathie ♥

  5. these are fabulous. love how you used the label frames...I really like that thought.

  6. I couldn't think of a better use for these gorgeous Halloween dies then this did brilliantly great, as always I might add...too cute to spook!!! Lots of hugs xxx Simona

  7. Wonderfully spooky Halloween ATC's Kath! They turned out awesome on there own, but then you turned it into an amazing wall hanging - utterly cool!! hugs, Maura

  8. You never cease to amaze Kath, I could never tell that you found it daunting, your ATCs are all fabulous and I love that you mounted them on the larger piece and using the labels was such a clever idea. A spookily beautiful piece of wall art! Hugs, Anne xx

    There might just be some spook elsewhere tomorrow..... xx

  9. Kath, these are fabulous!!! Unlike you I started with these small formats so the large ones are the ones that get me a bit unsettled. More, more! and if you ever want to trade them...:)

  10. A really good job with the 3 atcs and then using them for a larger piece of art!!!!

  11. Love your Halloween make Kath...full of so many wonderful details to view...stunning work

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  12. This is so cool! Love your spooky ATCs and the rest of the project. Great use of halloween stuff and I love the colors too. The frame stamp is perfect for this ATCs. LOVE them. Hugs, Marzena

  13. Fabulous ATCs Kath. It looks like you had a great time playing with all your spooky goodies.
    Toni xx

  14. These ATCs are so fun and fantastic! All the details and those spooky elements are awesome! :)

  15. This is an inspiring variation on the ATC challenge. I just purchased the label stamps and would never had thought of using them for an ATC. Thank you. Lucy

  16. I adore your ATC artworks - they do look great gathered on the larger background, but for my money they're at their best in their tiny selves! Brilliant use of the die-cuts - a trio of spooky deliciousness. I adore ATCs, and I'm so surprised at how many of the DT are first-timers!
    Alison x

  17. These ATCs are such fun Kath! Love all the little details, and I love how you placed them on the larger background. Great idea!! The 'h'h in Halloween is so clever!

  18. Magical ATCs!!! I love that you used Tim's stamp to frame the ATC, this is a really cool way to add interest and a finished look!
    well done my friend xx

  19. What a fun Halloween project and such a clever way to showcase the ATCs...these are fabulous Kath and I love how you've used the dies and also the Boneyard pieces to create the "H", so cool! Hugs xxx

  20. Wow, wow, wow! For someone who was terrified of making small pieces of art, you absolutely rose to the occasion and then some! I adore Halloween and here you've combined every good thing about Halloween and beauty! I love the incorporation of the frame stamp set, which I've always wanted to see demonstrated. I think you are safe to consider yourself a small art genius after this display and I enjoyed them thoroughly. You're so clever in the way you use Tim's products!

  21. Such fabulous ATC's, Kath! Love that they're Halloween themed! My favorite holiday to create projects for! Need to break out my halloween supplies soon! So fun that you've used so much dies, they are really spooky! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  22. I'm in love with your ATC's Kath! You used new Tim's stuff in a fabulous way! I adore your work! Details are fabulous, colors are fabulous, design is fabulous! Great great work! Barbara