ATCs With Flowers, Rainbows and Stencils…Oh My!

Hey there friends!  Hoping you had a wonderful weekend and ready to start a fun week ahead!  Although we’ve been having some cool and rainy days this week, I know that some nice warm weather is on it’s way and I’m really looking forward to it and getting outdoors to my flowers!

For today, I have something a bit different that is not a card, but I think a really cool and fun way to experiment with different media and ideas…especially on a smaller “non-intimidatingly” way.  I’m talking about those ATCs (Artist Trading Cards for the newbies)!  It’s like a “fun size” candy bar in small bite form…these are like the “fun size” of the traditional A2 sized cards!  LOL!  They’re normally 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ which is similar to the size of a business card.  They’ve been around for years since I started stamping and newer to me are the round coin ones.  (I will attempt those at another time, I’m sure!)

I had a few challenges in mind and found some time yesterday to have a play:


Rainbows seem to be a huge deal right now and I think there is even a special day dedicated to them!  I also was wanting to play with my Brutus Monroe April Inspiration Box (sold out link to subscription box only), so I pulled out the Blooming Bicycle stamp set in addition to using the Folkwave stencil for a challenge going on in their FB group.

For the ATC on the left, I used the stencil and some embossing paste over a piece of BRM Aqua Paper (watercolor) panel and set aside to dry.  While that was dry, I cleaned off the stencil and used it on another piece of Alabaster cardstock and used my distress inks and ink blending tool to create a rainbow background for another ATC (right).  I ended up stamping the bicycle over it with black ink and then sprayed the panel with some shimmer spray.

Going back to the dry embossed paste panel, I took some yummy Brutus Monroe Creamy Aqua Pigments and added rainbow colors at the top and then sprayed them with water and let it drip down.  I let the colors run and even left some white on there as you can see above.  I let it dry and then splattered some black watered down paint to splatter over it with a paint brush.  I then stamped the clouds from the same stamp set, fussy cut them out and popped them over the background.

On both ATCs, I white heat embossed the sentiments over Raven cardstock and cut them out with my scissors to place over top.  For the bicycle ATC, I added some BRM Fabulous Fibers along with some flowers.  Part of the sentiment was popped up on foam tape for both of them.  One of the clouds was popped up with foam tape on the left one.

Super fun to play and create with!


I had made one early last month too, but never posted it, so I thought this would help fit it in for today:


This one is still using some Brutus Monroe products and a stencil.   Not really a “rainbow” theme, but this was sure fun to create and doodle around with!

For this one, I finally got a chance to play with my Neon Aqua Pigments!  And if you haven’t checked out anything ‘neon’ for media, they have cool stuff there, just hit the search bar for it!  I used the “smoosh technique” with them for this background and let it dry.  Then I used some black embossing paste over the BRM Wallpaper stencil over it.

I also stamped the shoes from the BRM Christopher’s Shoes stamp set and also colored those in with the Neon AP and popped it up with foam tape over a another piece of that Fabulous Fibers like I used on the “bicycle ATC” above.  I also took  glitter pen to go over the shoes and added a yellow rhinestone to it.  From the stamp stamp set, I took the sentiment and stamped it in black ink, fussy cut it out and layered it over some Raven CS and fussy cut it out leaving a border.  Each one glued over the background.  I took a black pen and doodled along the edges.


And of course, when you shut the lights off and turn on your black light, you can REALLY see the fun and funky neon colors glow on it!!  Even this photo doesn’t do it justice because it looks so fun in person!


For my ATCs, I’ve been attaching them to these BRM Chipboard Blanks for sturdiness.  I also add this cute little Artist Trading Card Labels for the backs of them.  (I purchased them from Brutus Monroe, but only see the Coin Labels in the store for linking.)

Hope you’ve enjoyed my ATCs today and gave you a little inspiration to try one out for yourself!  But I have to warn you….just like those “fun-sized” candy bars, you can just have one!!  LOL!

Thanks for dropping in today friends!!  Enjoy your week!

Challenges: (For top ATCs only)

  1.  ATC Around the World – Flowers (Bicycle ATC only)
  2. Creative Crafting Uncles – Anything BUT a Card
  3. Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts – Anything Goes
  4. Happy Little Stampers ATC – Rainbowmay 2020 atc
  5. Crafty Friends – Flowers (Bicycle ATC only)
  6. {Cupcake Inspirations} – CIC493 “Let’s Roll!” (Bicycle ATC only)CIC493 Bike Theme Let's Roll
  7. A Bit More Time to Craft – #116 Anything Goes



37 thoughts on “ATCs With Flowers, Rainbows and Stencils…Oh My!

  1. I love your ATC makes – what fun and creative ideas you used on each one! I don’t make them because I have no use for them, but they do look like a lot of fun to create! I especially like those yellow sneakers and all that shimmer! NJ on each one of them!

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    1. Thanks Carol! 🙂 I love the small size to try things out and then I can use the ATCs to slip into a present, or use as a tag for a gift and I’ve even turned them into the main focal of a card too! So ATCs CAN be useful in that way if you ever want to try one out!


  2. Your ATC’s are gorgeous Vicki! So colorful and fun, I love the different techniques you used and the neon pigments look cool!!
    Hugs, Tammy


  3. Such cool designs! I’ve had designer’s blockage when it comes to tags, but perhaps I should give ATCs a go. There are plenty of new tricks I’d like to try out, so why not be messy with a smaller scale project.


  4. I love making ATCs, Vicki. But your ATCs are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the steps! Hugs, my dear friend, and please stay safe.


  5. Cute little ATC’s that pack a punch Vicki….I love how you used the stencil in two different directions on the first two. All full of colour and texture and tons of inspiration, thank you x.


  6. The chipboard blanks are such a great idea! I’ve backed some ATCs with thin, but sturdy cardboard and boxboard before, cutting it by hand. Having a ready-made option would speed things up for sure. Thank you for sharing this handy ATC related find with us.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life


  7. Oh, what a fun rainbow stencil, Vicki! Your cards are incredible, my friend. Love how you colored them. Of course, the sneakers are pretty cute, too. 😀


  8. WOW!!!
    Super awesome ATC’s!
    Thanks for joining the RAINBOW ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers!


  9. Love the stenciling behind your bicycle! Great take on the Let’s Roll challenge at Cupcake Inspirations! So glad you shared with us!


  10. Have not made an ATC in a really long time – we used to make them to trade at seminars when I was a demonstrator. Love the yellow tennis shoes, I think I might need a pair in yellow as I wear a lot of yellow t shirts etc. Have a great Memorial Day.


  11. I did an ATC swap in April, first time I’d made one in a long time! These are all amazing, my friend! My favorite has to be the one with the fun shoes. Love them all…thanks for sharing!


  12. Vicki, what fun, bright amazing ATC’s! Love them all. All the different patterns and images are awesome. The bike is my fav, but wouldn’t pass any of them by……….



  13. Well done on your ATC’s! The background of all looks quite fabulous. I love the tennis shoes too 🙂 Thanks for joining in at HLS ATC


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