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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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

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.

  1. Fabulous Artistic Trading cards – I am looking forward to making some for the challenge – it has been awhile! TFS the lovely creations by the DT

  2. Love, love , love everyone’s ATCs!!! An ATC swap hosted by Claudine Helmuth was my first foray into online art projects years ago and to this day I still enjoy making and trading them:)

  3. YAY! Perfect timing for an ATC challenge– something about the format and confines appeals to me when my mojo is low… this was like a blessing of a challenge… thanks!

  4. Fantastic inspiration from the team as always – I can’t believe how many ATC first-timers there are! I love ATCs, but have been struggling with the mojo lately – so glad I managed to get at least some tiny crafting finished to join in!
    Alison x

  5. What a great assortment of DT cards and challenge entries! I just realized that I made a mistake. I made two Frankenstein ATCs… but then linked to a different card on my blog. So… although #99 is not an ATC, if you visit my blog you’ll see that I did make ATCs… and they are fun ones! Sorry about my oops. (Also, I am one of the ATC newbies. Found this challenge to be challenging… but also fun!)

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