Visible Image | ATC Swaps Tutorial

Hi there! Thanks for visiting our blog today! Jane is here today to tell you all about the Visible Image ATC Swaps, and for those of you who are new to making Artist Trading Cards Jane has all the details you need…

Hello, it’s time for my latest design team make for Visible Image! Last month I started up an “official” Visible Image Artist trading card (ATC) swap over in the Facebook group. I pair up participants who create an ATC using the theme given, and then post to each other. It was a great success and everyone voted to continue it as a regular event. If you like trading ATCs I highly recommend you come over to the Facebook group! and join us! So far 53 Visible Image fans worldwide have taken part. Some of the Design Team (including myself) also take part.

ATCs | Visible Image stamps

Above is a selection of the ATCs I have made in the past and below is the swap I made for the first “just be you” swap.

I thought today it might be useful for people who have either never heard of ATCs, or don’t know where to start, to show from start to finish my way of making an ATC. This post might also be useful for future reference. Please bear in mind that this is how I personally approach my ATC making, and there are many different ways of doing so.

The theme for the current swap is “here comes summer”. The swap on Facebook is for one ATC but I always chose to make 4 as I keep one, I send one to my 7 year old crafting granddaughter and I swap one elsewhere.

The first thing I did was to choose which stamp sets I wanted to use for the theme. I decided to work with the Summer Wings butterflies

summer wings stamp set | butterfly stamps | dragonfly | line drawings

and to add some background interest to my ATCs I also chose to use the gorgeous grunge circles stamp from the Butterfly Effect set.

big butterfly stamp | grunge circles | bubbles | stamps | clear | rubber

To make my background I used one of my shaving foam distress re-inker marbled backgrounds. I wanted something really light with lots of white space. There are lots of videos on line if you are not familiar with this really old technique. I first made these with food colouring when I was at primary school! This one was made using Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Kitsch Flamingo re-inkers.

I then cut four 3.5 by 2.5 inch backgrounds from the sheet.

All ATCs need to be this “standard” size.

Many people including me, display them in trading card pockets and if they are not this size they won’t fit.

I stamped the word ‘summer’ from the Summer Wings set using Versafine ink and clear embossed to give a shiny appearance and to add some texture.

ATCs can be created in portrait or landscape form so I decided to make 2 of each. I always like add some background detail so I stamped the grungy circles from the  Butterfly Effect set using the new Salvaged Patina distress ink. I love this new colour and yes you can stamp regular distress inks using Visible Image stamps. Their quality is such that the ink does not bead.  Regular distress ink give a lovely subtle vintage effect which you can see above. If you stamped in an oxide you would get a much more intense effect but that was not was I was looking for.

Next I got out my bag of inky scraps and chose some pieces which co ordinated with the backgrounds.

I stamped out lots of the 3 sizes of butterflies and cut them out.  They are so useful for adding to any project that it’s always a time saver to have some ready to go. I cut off the antennae as I would be re stamping the whole butterfly again on the ATC.

To me what makes an interesting ATC is lots of little details. I often use my sewing machine to sew around the edges but you can also use a “faux” sewing effect with a sewing marking wheel. Just use it against a ruler. I use the metal edge of my ruler.

It leaves holes behind like those from a sewing machine.

You can then use a pen to go over the line and it looks like stitching. Try to not be too neat as it looks much more realistic! I used a gold pen this time but black and silver also looks good.

I added some ink to the edges.

I then played with placement of the butterflies. When designing odd numbers always look better than even, and 3 of something is very pleasing to the eye.

I used 2 large and 1 small for my 3 butterflies. Once I was satisfied with the placement of  the butterflies on each card I stamped them in Versafine ink.

I then adhered the butterflies on top.

To give the cards a good thickness of around 300gsm I back mine with the inside of a Weetabix packet. This is really good quality kraft card and free! Just cut it slightly smaller than the ATC and adhere together.

For finishing details I added a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to parts of the wings and some of the small circles, and then Glossy Accents on top for real sparkle!

The final touch was to add some co ordinating sequins.

So here are the 4 all together as a group..

Summer ATCs | butterfly stamps | visible image | clear | rubber

and individually

This is the one sent to my Visible Image group swap partner

and one final photo with the products used

Visible Image stamps | ATCs | Distress Inks

I hope this tutorial has been useful. If you have never made an ATC do have a go! They are such fun and a great challenge to design in a small scale. You don’t need tiny stamps either…these 5 below were made using the new large A5 Dragonfly Reflection set… I just used parts of the dragonfly with the words.

dragonfly stamp | clear | rubber | ATCs

I do not blog everything I make so if you would like to check me out on instagram @jane.tyrrell then you won’t miss anything.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thank you so much for your excellent ATC tutorial Jane ♡

We love all of these, so gorgeous and beautiful made!

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Garden of Tranquility | ATCs

Hi there! We hope you are keeping safe and staying well. We have Jane Tyrrell on the blog today with some fabulous inspiration featuring our ‘Random Art’ flower stamps…

Hello! It’s time for my latest design team inspiration for Visible Image.

My garden has been even more important to me this year and the recent landscaping has been a godsend. I have spent many mindful hours outside nurturing my plants and everything is looking so summery now that my summer bedding pots have come into flower.





So all these provided my inspiration for my project today, a set of 5 artist trading cards.
Artist trading cards measure 3 1/2 X 2 1/2″ and I make them to swap with my crafty friends and my little granddaughter.

I called this set my “Garden of tranquility”

I used 2 stamp sets;

Random Art of Kindness

quirky flower stamps | kindness | hope | tranquility

and the daisy stamp from Break Free

daisy stamp | smashed vase | break free

This is what I got up to;

I used oxide ink to stamp the background using one of the flowers and archival ink for the “stem” from the ‘Random Art of Kindness’ set.

I stamped the daisy from the ‘Break Free’ stamp set onto some left over alcohol ink yupo and distress inky mop up card and cut them out.

I stamped the “rose” flower from the ‘Random Art of Kindness’ set onto different scraps of inky card and chose the 3 I liked best and cut them out.

I added a little accent of gold stickles to each flower

and I stamped the small words from ‘Random Art of Kindness’ set onto kraft card and cut them into little plant markers.

Here they are finished

garden flowers ATCs | stamps

with a couple of close ups

daisy stamp | ATC

quirky rose stamp ATC

quirky flower stamp | ATC

and one last shot.

flower stamps | daisy | quirky | ATCs | stamping

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Stay safe and stay creative.

Bye for now,
Jane x


Choose Happiness

Good Evening! We hope your week has started well. Jane Tyrrell is here with some bright sunshiny inspiration today featuring stamps from our ‘Choose Happiness’ set…

It’s time for my weekly inspiration for Visible Image. Today’s piece is very apt as I used the new Choose Happiness stamp set. This is one of the 3 fab new release sentiment sets. There are so many great sentiments in this set and also a really fun smiley face both as positive and negative stamp.  It takes me back to the late 1960s, I can remember them as badges in bubble gum machines. My brother and I got so excited when occasionally out came a badge as well as your gum!

Visible Image stamps - Choose Happiness

I decided to make ATCs using the sentiments and display them on a wall hanging, using the smileys to decorate it.

This is what I got up to;

I blended some “happy” distress oxide colours onto a sheet of smooth card stock…squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, fossilized amber and dried marigold . I then stamped using the shapes from the Shape it Up set to make a masterboard. This set is brilliant for all sorts of backgrounds.

I stamped using oxides

Once my masterboard was finished I cut a strip

and from that strip I cut 3 ATC sized pieces. (An ATC size is 2 1/2 by 3 1/2″)

I then white embossed the 3 sentiments from the set and added some extra colouring using an orange gel pen.

I took a sheet of watercolour paper and altered it using the awesome new Collision stencil

I sprayed squeezed lemonade distress spray first onto the blank paper and then added carved pumpkin distress ink through the stencil

 I moved the stencil down as I worked.

 I rounded off the corners of my ATCs

I then stuck the background onto a piece of grey board and added some eyelets so that it could be hung as a “Choose happiness” wall hanging.

I also had fun stamping out lots of smileys. I stamped the negatives in the same oxide colours and then added the positive in black. Here are my yellow ones

This is my completed wall hanging…

choose happiness - wall hanging

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope my wall hanging made you smile…. choose happiness is a pretty good mantra to have, in my humble opinion.

Back soon.

Bye for now,
Jane x

This really does make you smile doesn’t it it? THE perfect wall hanging to look at every morning! Thanks Jane ♡

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Imagine Dream Inspire

Hi there! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration this evening. Lynn Good is here with her latest project…

Hi everyone, today I want to share some Artist Trading Cards that I have made for the Visible Image Design Team.

I have made four cards, measuring 2.5 in x 3.5 in.
I began with a piece of watercolour hot pressed paper that is 300 gsm.
I have stuck to three colours of distress inks and have blended them together on the paper

I have then used the same colours through 3 Visible Image stencils – Strobes, Time Tunnel and Fibres


Again using the same colours I have stamped randomly with a mixture of stamps that I have listed and linked to the Visible Image store at the bottom of the blog.


I have then cut the paper into the 2.5 x 3.5 inches and stamped the focal point with black ink and used a sparkle embossing powder over the top.
The big words were stamped with blank ink.

Here are some close ups:




The products that I have used:

Thanks for stopping by and till next time – Happy Crafting 🙂

These are fantastic Lynn.. loving those backgrounds!
Thank you ♡

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We will be back soon with a beautiful tag from Veerle.

Thanks for visiting our blog today.

Mark & Helen xx