Look Book Series 10: Creating Artist Trading Cards ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

~~Mixed Media~Digital Art~Home Decor~Gifts~~

June 13, 2017

Look Book Series 10: Creating Artist Trading Cards

In this Look Book post I share with you the steps to creating a background for my ATC's or Artist Trading Cards I'm making for the Summer Swap over in my group. I love making backgrounds to use in my mixed media projects here is another Look Book on creating backgrounds you may find helpful for your projects. ~enjoy

supplies I used to create the backgrounds

I used a large piece of packing paper or news print paper
 then I squirted paint on the paper and rolled over it with a brayer

keep repeating adding paint and rolling over it with the brayer
turning your paper a quarter turn in any direction after each color
this adds interest and moves the paint in different directions
keep adding color until you are happy with it

when the paint layers are dry you can use stamps you've made yourself
or store bought, here I've used both, you can also add shapes of your liking
using tops from glue sticks, washi tape container, a glass, empty toilet paper roll.
Th pink looking circles in this photo are made from a used lamp part that was no longer needed.

once the paper is dry turn it over and glue your cards face down onto the paper.
I like to use playing cards because they are the right size and can be found for $1 at dollar stores

Use your brayer to go over the cards as you glue them down to secure a good bond.
I used Liquitex Matte Gel. I would not recommend Mod Podge, it's great for somethings
but in this application not so good. When you mail you cards they will get stuck once
heated up from being in the mail. This can create a less than nice
looking card for the person receiving it and possibly unusable.

Once your cards have dried overnight cut them out.
Now you are ready to art up your stack of yumminess however you like! 

Don't forget to add info about your ATC to the back. Check out what I created and use for mine. Hope you've found this useful in some way. I'd love for you to join us for the Summer Swap over in my group!