Look Book Series 10: Creating Artist Trading Cards

In this Look Book post, I share with you the steps to creating a background for my ATC’s or Artist Trading Cards. I love making backgrounds to use in my mixed media projects they are so fun and easy to create.

picture of different paint and objects sued to make artist abstract backgrounds
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supplies I used to create the backgrounds

picture of magenta paint rolled onto paper using a small brayer
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I used a large piece of packing paper or newsprint paper then I squirted paint on the paper and rolled over it with a brayer.

a colorful piece of paper with orange, yellow and magenta paint on it
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keep repeating adding paint and rolling over it with the brayer turning your paper a quarter turn in any direction after each color this adds interest and moves the paint in different directions keep adding color until you are happy with it.

picture of a colorful piece of paper to use for the artist trading cards
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when the paint layers are dry you can use stamps you’ve made yourself or store-bought, here I’ve used both, you can also add shapes of your liking using tops from glue sticks, washi tape container, a glass, empty toilet paper roll. The pink looking circles in this photo are made from a used lamp part that was no longer needed.

a picture of playing cards turned upside down
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once the paper is dry turn it over and glue your cards face down onto the paper. I like to use playing cards because they are the right size and can be found for $1 at dollar stores

a picture of playing cards being glued down onto paper using a prayer
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Use your brayer to go over the cards as you glue them down to secure a good bond. I used Liquitex Matte Gel. I would not recommend Mod Podge, it’s great for somethings but in this application not so good. When you mail your cards they will get stuck once heated up from being in the mail. This can create a less than nice looking card for the person  receiving it and possibly unusable.

a stack of color artists trading cards
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Once your cards have dried overnight cut them out. Now you are ready to art up your stack of yumminess however you like!

Don’t forget to add info about your ATC to the back. Check out what I created and use for mine. Hope you’ve found this useful in some way.

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