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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NEW Midnight Sky Stamp Set

Hello! We want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has ordered our new stamps! We are overwhelmed by how loved they are and it means the world to us. We are back to sharing the amazing Design Team inspiration on the blog from today and have lots of inspiration coming your way! First up we have stempelfrida with a beautiful card featuring our MIDNIGHT SKY set which includes our wonderful man in the moon stamp and some gorgeous sentiments…

This saying here becomes so true again especially in our days currently: “No matter where we are, we all gaze at the same moon”.

man in moon stamp | card | alcohol inks sky

My sky is a collage of blue toned alcohol inks.

As a basis for my moon and the stars I glued a layer of gold leaf to a white piece of cardstock with glue spray. When it was all dried well I stamped the motives onto it with Versamark. I embossed them with a shiny fine embossing powder. Then I fussy cut the motives, covered them with Versamark and embossed the surface with transparent embossing poder.

I added the motives with distance pads to my sky. The gold spitz is made with Bronze powder and a brush. I also used the bronze powder on the lower part of the sentiment.


main in moon stamp | midnight sky stamp set | visible image

Stamps: Visible Image Midnight Sky

midnight sky stamp set | man in moon | stars | celestial stamps

Stamp pads: Versamark; Ink on 3
Embossing powder: Rayher transparent; Moon Glow Midnight Obsession / Emerald
Alcohol Ink: Ranger aqua, sailboat blue, indigo
Gold leaf
Bronze powder

This is so beautiful! The alcohol inks are stunning, so atmospheric for the moon.
Thank you stempelfrida ♡

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Zodiac Leo Stamps

Good Evening! Lisa Taggart is here on the blog today with an incredible project created with our Zodiac Leo stamps set. We love what Lisa has done with the Leo Lion stamp…

Hello there! Hands up who bought some of the new Visible Image zodiac stamps? Well do you love them? We in the team have had a wonderful time playing with them. Today I’m sharing one of my designs using the Zodiac Leo Stamps set. The lion is just so magestic!

Visible Image - Leo Zodiac Stamps

Zodiac Leo Stamps

Zodiac Leo Stamps - Visible Image

I began this project testing out some Chinese calligraphy paper that I had bought for collage work. I sprayed it with ink and then randomly ripped it up into strips and collaged these onto card using mat gel medium.


I then used starlight paints to make some ink splaters for additional texture. This metallic paint is wonderful for this purpose.


For the background behind the lion’s head I wanted to create an inky Maine . So using glossy card, I spayed some yellow ink and applied aquatint inks blowing the ink using a straw.


I stamped the lion’s head and sentiments using black wow sparkle powder. I coloured the lion using Spectrun Nior sparkle pens.

I had created a sun dial from air dry paper clay a while ago for another project and didn’t use it so I decided to colour it and gild it with pebeo wax and use it as an extra layer to emphasise the lion.


I assembled the elements including the wording, layering it onto complimentary card. I also added some black thread and purple gems for additional interest.

Zodiac Leo Stamps - Visible Image


Zodiac Leo Stamps - Visible Image

He’s a handsome devil isn’t he!

Thats it for now.

Lisa x

Incredible project Lisa! It is so dramatic and powerful.. perfect for the mighty Lion!
Thank you ♡

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Beautiful Hummingbird Stamp

Hello! We hope you had a great weekend! Jane Tyrrell is here to start the week with a stunning card created with our awesome NEW hummingbird stamp …

Good Evening,

On this very last day of April I am able to share something very exciting…. my very first DT project made using one of the brand new April stamp release sets from Visible Image. I have oooohhhed and ahhhed at this amazing new release and I will be sharing lots of makes with them over the coming weeks. If you would like to see the whole of the release do have a look here. There are 6 fab news stamp sets including some brilliant words set and also 8 gorgeous new stencils. They are all on pre-order so if you want to get your order in now they will be delivered to your door immediately after their release on May 11th.
Your local stockists will also be receiving them very soon.

So first of all…. drum roll..  I would like you to meet…

hummingbird stamp set - visible image

Mr Hummingbird from the wonderful new Life is Beautiful set.

This gorgeous inky hummingbird stamp is certain to take the stamping world by storm.

For my first make I wanted a very striking inky background. I took out my alcohol inks, from yellows through to amethyst and added them to Yupo paper using a felt and blending tool.

I wanted a real glow behind him so I kept the centre fairly plain and used yellow and orange hues.

This is a quick snap taken in my studio showing the gradual build up of ink on the Yupo paper.

I kept my design fairly simple as I wanted the background to show off Mr Hummer.

Here he is;

hummingbird stamp - visible image - card - Jane Tyrrell

and some close ups..

The words are as they say, just “beautiful”. I distressed the edges and added some ink to make them pop.

The little circle accent stamp works so well with the image. I can see me using this a lot on other makes too.

Here is one last full shot.


I have been asked about ink not drying on Yupo paper on the Visible Image friends Facebook page.  Yes it is a real challenge to get any ink to dry.. I have tried everything and the one which is most likely to dry is Ranger Archival if you heat set it. However I don’t like to take the risk and for this card I used Versafine Black Onyx ink which I then embossed with black embossing powder. This gives a gorgeous sheen too. HOWEVER beware when heating the Yupo as it is not that heat stable. You need to heat quickly and move your heat gun around and even off the paper so as not to risk melting your background. I hope that helps?

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your very kind comments.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wow your incredible background really sets off our gorgeous hummingbird stamp Jane! Such wonderfully vibrant colours ♡  Thank you Jane!

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We will be back tomorrow with an awesome card by Lisa Taggart created with our Zodiac stamps!

Have a great evening.

Mark & Helen xx