See How To Make These Artist Trading Cards With Vertigo Dragonflies

by Lori Warren

This cardmaking project is all about using layers of ink to create a collage background with stamps and stencils. It’s a great way to build a cool background in order to feature that perfect focal image, like a Vertigo, die cut dragonfly.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Apply VersaMagic DewDrops to a Craft Mat and add water.

Step 2

Lay 8.5” x 11” piece of cardstock down into the wet ink. Repeat as needed.

Step 3

Apply VersaMagic through the diamond shape stencil with a sponge dauber.

Step 4

Stamp script stamp with StazOn Pigment Ink.

Step 5

Apply water and blot with a paper towel, pulling some ink away.

Step 6

Spray panel with Walnut Ink, blot and dry. This gives the paper a vintage or antique look.

Step 7

With a different stencil apply a different color of VersaMagic. This creates a beautiful layered effect.

Step 8

Using the same stencil, apply White VersaMagic to make a bit of a frosty ghost effect.

Step 9

Cut cardstock panel to multiple 2.5” x 3.5” ATCs or Artist Trading Cards.

Step 10

Stamp a vintage postcard image with VersaFine Clair.

Step 11

Edge ATCs with brown and black inks to continue the antique look.

Step 12

Tie string around each card a couple times to give the ATCs to give extra flair.

Step 13

Die cut dragonfly image from Vertigo Prism, color with VersaMagic.

Step 14

Prepare dragonfly with double-sided dimensional tape. This will give each dragonfly the effect of flying.

Step 15

Adhere dragonfly die cut to ATCs.

Step 16

Enhance dragonfly with a white pen and embellish with tag and sticky gems.


  • Sizzix – Dragonfly
  • Jillibean Soup – Sticky Notes
  • Sticky gems
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations – Script Stamp
  • Clear Stamps – Postmarks
  • Uni-ball Signo -White
  • Black string
  • TCW Stencil – TCW202, TCW855

2 thoughts on “See How To Make These Artist Trading Cards With Vertigo Dragonflies

  1. Pingback: See How To Make These Artist Trading Cards With Vertigo Dragonflies – JW Designs

  2. Boy, I need time to let all of this absorb into my brain. WOW! AWESOME. I will look forward to trying this but will be having a surgery in the next few days so will need to conquer that first and will come back to try this some time after that. I love this technique.

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