Beachcomber ATCs

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • 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

Directions

STEP 1

  • Remove small piece of air-dry modeling compound from bag; place remainder in air-tight container.

STEP 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.

STEP 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.

STEP 4

  • Center compound on ATC and smooth with fingers. Wrap compound over ATC edges to back to seal and smooth edges. Trim excess compound.

STEP 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.

STEP 6

  • Press seashells directly into compound, using photo as guide; shells will dry in place.

STEP 7

  • Repeat Steps 1-6 to create all four ATCs, each with a different stamp design.

STEP 8

  • Let ATCs dry overnight.

STEP 9

  • Use craft knife to scrape excess compound from back of each ATC. Smooth back edges/sides with emery board.

STEP 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.
by Vickie Kammerer
Beachcomber ATCs
Beachcomber ATCs