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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We hope you will join in with future ATC swaps in our Facebook group!

We’ll be back here on the blog tomorrow with more fabulous inspiration!

Helen & Mark xx


Vibrant Card | Flower + Dragonfly Stamps

Hi! Happy Sunday to you! We hope you are enjoying some time out this weekend. Ericka is here on the blog today with an amazing vibrant card featuring our big grungy flower stamps with our gorgeous dragonfly stamp…

Hello! Summer has started here and today I have a bright summery project using the Visible Image latest release: Dragonfly Reflection, Where Flowers Bloom, and Butterfly Effect.

Vibrant Card | Flower + Dragonfly Stamps | Clear | Rubber

For my project, I started with a gel print background I made using Dylusions Shimmer Paints. These paints are awesome and the shine and bright colors are perfect for summer. It is however, a little difficult to get a good photo with all the shimmer.

After I pulled the print of my gel press, I stamped the Dragonfly and Blooms in Versfine ink and clear embossed them. I also stamped these images on some other gel press prints I had printed out and cut them out so I could add them to my project.

I also added elements from both of these sets in white ink and clear embossed the page.

I attached the blooms and dragonfly with foam tape to my project. I also stamped and embossed the dragonfly wings with WOW! Embossing Powder in Carnival.

I then stamped the sentiments from the Where the Flowers Bloom set in Versafine ink and clear embossed it as well.

To finish my card I added the small butterfly from the Butterfly Effect stamp set.

I added my project to an 8×8 black cardstock to give it a framed look.

big flower stamps | dragonfly stamp | vibrant card | handmade


Thanks for stopping by and do check out this great release from Visible Image!

Wow! Such a striking and vibrant card! Our flower and dragonfly stamps look wonderful, and your background is awesome! Thank you Ericka 


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Helen + Mark xx

Vibrant Card Flower Dragonfly Stamps 

Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles

Hi there! We hope you are having a nice weekend so far. Sharon is here on the blog today with an absolutely stunning card created with our DRAGONFLY REFLECTION stamp set embossed in glitter, and some fabulous coloured bubbles.

embossed dragonfly stamp | coloured bubbles | layered wings | handmade card

Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles

Hi! For a long while now I’ve admired the beautiful cards made by Rahmat where she draws bubbles and colours them with her colouring pencils. So when the amazing Dragonfly Reflection stamp set from Visible Image arrived I knew I wanted to have a try at colouring some bubbles, using the round stamp with the grid as a base.  I need more practice, but for a first attempt I think it doesn’t look too bad.

Here’s how I made it

Use a stamp positioner for these first steps creating the bubbles.

Stamp the circle in antique linen and leave the stamp in the stamp positioner.

Colour the circle with coloured pencils.

Return the card to the stamp positioner and re-stamp the circle with versamark clear ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Repeat this process twice more to get 2 more bubbles.

Coloured Bubble stamp

Stamp the dragonfly onto the card panel and emboss with a lilac glittery embossing glitter, then roughly colour the wings with the same colours you used for the bubbles.

grunge dragonfly stamp

Stamp the sentiment onto the panel, blend some light blue ink around the corners and add a little doodling to the edges. Back the panel onto black card.

Edge the card blank with the same coloured pencils and set this aside.

Heat emboss the dragonfly onto heat embossable acetate using a sparkly light blue embossing glitter.

Cut the dragonfly out.

Heat emboss the additional wings with a clear multi sparkle and cut these out leaving a little tab on the inner part of the wings.

Embossed Dragonfly Stamp

Place the acetate dragonfly on top of the image on the panel, secure it with low tack tape, then cut two slots either side of the dragonfly’s body for the wings to slot into (cutting the slots through only the acetate dragonfly, the embossed image on the cream card and through the black mat too).

Slot the extra wings through the slots on the acetate dragonfly, then feed them through the slots on the cream panel and secure with tape on the reverse.

layered dragonfly wings | stamp | clear | rubber

Add the panel to the card blank and you are done!

Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles | handmade card

Here is an alternative version of this card using black card as a base.


Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles | handmade card

Cream card, Black Card, Distress Inks (antique linen, tumbled glass) Versamark clear ink, Polychromos pencils (I used 101 white, 109 Dark Chrome Yellow, 110 Phthalo Blue, 124 Rose Carmine, 131 Medium Flesh, 134 Crimson, 140 Light Ultramarine, 141 Delft Blue, 154 Light Cobalt Turquoise, 168 Earth Green Yellowish, 171 Light Green, 177 Walnut Brown), WOW! Embossing Glitters (royal crush, coastal, clear multi sparkle), WOW! embossing powder (opaque bright white).

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dragonfly stamp | grunge | inky | circles | mesh | wings | clear | rubber

Thanks for stopping by today and I will see you here again soon.

Sharon xx

Wow this is so beautiful! The glittery embossed dragonfly looks wonderful, and the layered wings are stunning. The gorgeous coloured bubbles look fabulous too. Thank you for this brilliant tutorial Sharon 


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Have a good day!

Helen + Mark xx