Make a Set of Shimmery Fashion ATC Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Whenever I just want to play with my stamps and don’t have enough time to make an entire art journal page, I create artist trading cards. Usually, I make several on one go, as I want to have enough cards for swapping, but it’s nice to keep at least one piece in my own card collection.

This time I wanted to use a beautiful stamp set by StampinUp! with two stylish hand-drawn feminine images. They were perfect for water coloring, so I took out my new VersaFine Clair which is a perfect choice for various watercolor projects. With this waterproof pigment ink, you can simply paint over the stamped lines and the image will not bleed nor smear. I suggest you use Fireworks! spray mists as liquid watercolors; in addition to the amazing and vibrant colors, you get a beautiful shimmery finish, too!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the number of cards)


Step 1

Cut white background paper to ATC cards of size 2.5” x 3.5”. Stamp one image per card using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.

Step 2

Pour a few drops of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, and Dandelion and a small amount of Walnut Ink in Willow and Cherry Blossom on a palette or on the Craft Mat. Paint the images and part of the background with a watercolor brush. Create two stamping masks by stamping the images on a piece of scrap paper, and fussy cut the bottom parts of the images.

Step 3

Place the mask over the stamped and colored images. Stamp text patterns with the mask in place on the background with VersaFine Clair in Oasis (green) and Cheerful (bright yellow). The mask will protect the main images so the dresses of the fashion models are kept clean. Remove mask.

Step 4

Trim ATC’s removing 1/8” from each edge, and mat card fronts on green ATC base cards. Add any additional details to make it your own! Enjoy!


  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Cardstock – Green
  • Stampin Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp set
  • Wycinanka – Texture stamp
  • Watercolor brush
  • Paper trimmer
  • Double-sided tape

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