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Simon Says: Artist Trading Card (ATC)


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for our Nautical Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page

This week we are challenging you to

Make An Artist Trading Card 

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″.

As always the lovely Heidi and her team at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a fabulous $50 voucher to spend in their super fantastic online store! You have to be in it to win it!

Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love


Simona is going Steampunk this week and decided to use all the Tim Holtz ‘Industrial’ products she could put her hands on, along with her favorite ‘Dapper’ Stamp Set

Andrea made a trio of ATC’s using Dina Wakley’s Collaged Hearts stamp set, Kaisercraft’s Lattice die and a lot of Distress Stain goodness.

Anna-Karin loves the small size of an ATC, and had such fun using a whole lot of Tim Holtz idea-ology Clippings stickers for the background, colored with Dina Wakley’s Scribble Sticks.

Barbara loves the ATCs in a special way because her creative journey started with them!! She created a series of three for this challenge! Paper dolls, Distress oxide, Tim Holtz mini stencil set 25 are the ingredients!

Cathie created her first ATC using Distress Crayons and finished off the card with Tim Holtz Botanical layers, and a Word Band.

Emma really enjoyed creating her very first ATC’s and gathered many tiny items from her stash to make these miniature pieces of artwork. She added Paper Dolls as a focal point and layered them over the top of the Mini Globe die cut and some Snippets Ephemera pieces.

Kath is a first timer too and made a spooky trio of Halloween ATCs using TimHoltz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames and Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween Thinlits


Lols made a set of ATC’s using a selection of the new Tim Holtz  Distress Oxide Inks and a new Simon Says Stamp ‘You’re A Star’ Craft Die

Macarena made her first ever set of ATCs which she loved and will surely continue with this small artistic form. She kept the set in galactic purples using Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks. She built the background with circles from Simon Says Stamp Ring Frame die and Simon Says Stamp Running With Your Heart stamps for sentiment and tiny stars. She finished them with trusted Paper Dolls.

Maura pulled out her Stampers Anonymous Classic stamp set #14 from her stash to make a pair of ATC’s, using the Stencil Girl ATC Mixup stencil and Carabelle Studio’s Texture plate Collage Lettres et Chiffres.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media ATC with Simon Says Stamp Space Journey Wafer Die and textured background using Prima White Crackle Texture Paste.

Sandra is one of the newbies at ATC making as well and she had a blast making such small pieces of art to swap. For the background she used Distress Oxides as well as for the Garden Greens to create a bit of botanical feel.

Zoey used Distress Oxide and Tim Holtz’s Stamp to create this ATC duo

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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We will also be choosing a selection of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Nautical Winner and Spotlights


We have 5 artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Nautical Challenge!

#21 Laura Jata – Cathie says:  Laura’s card took my breath away, it’s absolutely gorgeous! The seahorse is breathtaking. What a work of art and what an amazing talent she is. The ocean themed papers she used in the background and Swarowski embellishments finish the card off perfectly taking nothing away from the beautiful hand painted seahorse. Amazing!!

#72 Coffin Cards and Creations – Sandra says: This is such a stunning card! Love the stunning background with the white elements against the gorgeous blue greenish color. The multicolor stamping of the anchor is amazing. The step by step tutorial is fabulous too!

 #80 Kassidy – Lols says: Kassidy’s painted rock is an inspiration. The seahorse and sparkle are gorgeous and her step by step photos are fabulous. Kassidy is only 16, she is definitely a designer to watch!

#84 DotstoLines – Kath says: this Beach Bound Art Journal cover caught my eye, it truly captured the feel of a visit to the beach with the beautiful mix of ocean colours, amazing texture with the addition of seashells, art stones and sea glass.

#100  Coffin Cards and Creations – Maura says: Tricia has created a card that is a masterpiece! Her Under the Sea scene is just gorgeous, from her wonderful layered background, to gold embossed edges, beautiful shells and plants, and wonderful message for her friend. She shares every step of her creation in detail, and it is amazing!


Please copy this spotlight badge, display it on the sidebar of your blog and if you could please link it to Simon Says Stamp!


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So who is the lucky winner of the $50 voucher?


Here are your random numbers:


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Congratulations Laura J

and this is Laura’s fabulous card! Laura drew and painted this gorgeous seahorse!

Congratulations! Please email us so we can explain how you can claim your prize, a clickable link is on the sidebar.

Be sure to include your full name in the email so we can issue a Gift Certificate 

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!


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