Beachcomber ATCs

By  Vickie Kammerer 

size: 2-1/2"x3-1/2"

  • Beachcomber ATCs


  • Chipboard artist trading cards (ATCs), 2-1/2”x3-1/2”, four
  • Creative Paperclay Delight Air-Dry Modeling Compound
  • Mini shells, starfish, and sand dollars
  • White tissue paper


  • Stampington & Co. Stamps: Printed Starfish, Starfish Document, Postal Shell, Sand Dollar
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Dye Ink Pads: Stream, Bottle
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Evergreen Bough Stain
  • Clay blade or craft knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Liquid paper glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, wax paper (to cover work surface), emery board, air-tight plastic container or bag, toothpick
  • 1. Remove small piece of air-dry modeling compound from bag; place remainder in air-tight container.
  • 2. Dab compound onto Stream ink pad; mix color with hands. Do not mix color completely; leave marbling effect. Lightly dab compound once or twice onto Bottle ink pad; do not mix.
  • 3. Cover work surface with wax paper. Roll marbled compound into thin sheet slightly larger than chipboard ATC. Place ATC onto compound and trace card with toothpick.
  • 4. Center compound on ATC and smooth with fingers. Wrap compound over ATC edges to back to seal and smooth edges. Trim excess compound.
  • 5. Ink desired stamp with Bottle ink and press down onto compound-covered ATC. If needed, smooth raised areas of compound so it lays flat. Be careful not to smear ink.
  • 6. Press seashells directly into compound, using photo as guide; shells will dry in place.
  • 7. Repeat Steps 1-6 to create all four ATCs, each with a different stamp design.
  • 8. Let ATCs dry overnight.
  • 9. Use craft knife to scrape excess compound from back of each ATC. Smooth back edges/sides with emery board.
  • 10. Cut tissue paper to fit back of ATC. Ink tissue with Evergreen Bough stain; let dry. Adhere paper to back of ATC using liquid glue. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a beach-themed home accent, mount artist trading cards to the backing of a wooden shadowbox frame. Fill base of frame with sand and additional mini shells. Replace glass.