Introduction to ATCs (Artist Trading Cards)

Hello friends! Shannon Smith here to share my introduction to ATCs with you. When I say “my introduction” I really mean MY introduction.

  When Heather Collins told me about the new monthly subscription ATC kit, I figured I would give it a whirl. I had heard of them, seen where people were swapping them, but that is about it. I decided I wanted to see what they were all about. To be honest, I wondered what the purpose of an ATC was.

 Well after having a good play, I am here to tell you…. I LOVE them! I would love to share a few of the reasons I do. I will likely share a more technique based post here soon using ATCs but I figured I would simply share what I made and explain a little more about what ATCs are about in this post.

I created 6 sets of 3 coordinating ATCs just to show you a variety of styles. The possibilities are endless really. This is a taste of what you can do:

This first set was created using the July ATC kit. It was nice, quick and easy to put this set together using so many fun embellishments and papers from the kit. One of the things I found I enjoyed was how much focal attention a smaller stamp can get on an ATC vs. a traditional card. 

Here are a few of the products I used:

Fireworks – Mini Mixed Media Stencil

Firecrackers Stamp set

I made a fun rainbow card a while back, and just couldn’t part with the cute strips of paper I trimmed off to make that card (I don’t get attached to all my scraps I promise). These little strips sat on my craft table for weeks until I started creating these ATCs. They worked out perfectly for this little set. I also took the opportunity to use some of my mini stencil collection with embossing powders as a common link between them.

Ultra Fine Embossing Powder – Icicle

Ultra Fine Embossing Powder – Alabaster

Mini Layering Stencil – Layering Flower

Mini Layering Stencil – Sunshine

I think this set was one of the most fun to create. I definitely let my hair down and dove into experimenting with mixed media. I had just a bit of burlap ribbon left from the farm Inspiration kit. It was fun using paste and embossing powders, and metallic Aqua Pigments. I also pulled out a bunch of random trinkets from my craft stash, and was able to utilize things I have had for a decade. ATCs are a perfect way to try out new techniques! The commitment is less daunting as you are working with such a small canvas. It is a great opportunity to be bold!

Metallic Aqua Pigment – Collection – Metals

Metallic Embossing Powder – Penny

Metallic Embossing Powder – Gilded

Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling

For this set I used some card panels from the Boardwalk Inspiration kit. I enjoyed taking the bigger card panels and zeroing in on an area I wanted to use for my ATC. Once again I played around with a technique. I used some alcohol markers to create a festive background for my carousel.

Salt Water Taffy – Card Panels

Boardwalk – 6×8 Stamp

I really enjoyed working within a theme for each set of ATCs. I used sets from the Rainbow box to create these ones. This background was from a paper I used to clean glaze off of a stencil. I ended up loving the result and was happy to use it for these.

Groovy Friend – 6×8 Stamp

Party Bus – 3×4 Stamp

CYOE – 2×3

Sometimes I have looked at a stamp set and thought “But when would I have an occasion that would fit a card made from this”? First off, I don’t encourage this line of thinking when creating. Why not create it? If you like it, you will find a use for it. Even if that use is decorating your own crafty space. Here is another benefit of an ATC though. You can create on this smaller, less committal canvas and then turn it into a card later if you want to.Simply adhere your ATC to a card panel and card base and Voila! You are set.

Rock On – 6×8 Stamp Set

Abstract Art

Embossing Powder – Mic Drop

Glitter Glaze – Silver

Silver Glitter Sequins

Mirrorstock – Prism

So now you have seen what I was able to do with my 18 trading cards. I hope you are inspired to create some cards of your own. Please share on the Brutus Monroe Fan Club page. I can’t wait to see your creations! I know there are fun things in store for the ATC kits. I am really looking forward to making more! ATC Kit

To see more, click on the link to my ATC video: Crafty Shannonigans

Don’t be Crabby

Crabby Tag Bag

This is the video of my Facebook Live. I do these every Wednesday at 3:00 pm Arizona time.


Darrin made me these SVG ocean plants for me to use on my Cricut, and we’d like to share them with you. Enjoy.

Ocean Plants

Also here’s a list of the Brutus Monroe products used:

Stamp Club Membership

Sand Paste

Creamy Aqua Pigment – Teal

Aqua Pigment – Green

Perfect Blend™ Alcohol Marker Cardstock – 4.25″x5.5″

Pink & Main – Ergonomic Blending Brush

Squeaky Cleaning Dry Cloth

Squeaky Clean – No Mess Dispenser

Squeaky Clean™ Stamp Cleaner Collection- Summer Series

Acrylic Bubbles

Detail Ink – Raven – 2×2

Sakura® Gelly Roll® Pen – White – Medium Point – 0.4mm

Coloring with Aqua Pigments

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Hi there, Shannon Smith here with a spring greeting!

I am such a sucker for beautiful flowers. I am blessed to live in Arizona where I can enjoy seeing them all year long. My obsession of florals is definitely reflected in my stamp stash. Brutus Monroe has so many gorgeous floral stamp sets! Today’s project features the Enchanted Rose Background stamp.


1. I used  embossing ink on my Enchanted Rose Background stamp. I chose to stamp this using my Misti to ensure I had evenly inked and added even pressure. I added my Gilded Embossing Powder and heat embossed my image.


I colored the biggest bloom using creamy aqua pigment orange and a paintbrush. I then used creamy light pink and creamy yellow to the other blooms. Creamy aqua pigments work great alone. No need to add water to these. I moved on to leaves next using creamy light green.


To add more depth I used regular Aqua Pigments on top of the Creamy ones. I added Coral Aqua Pigment to my orange bloom first and then added a bit of Red Aqua Pigment to deepen the contrast a bit. I added the contrast to the yellow and pink blooms and the leaves using regular Aqua Pigments in Yellow , Pink and Green.


After the panel dried, I trimmed it to 3 3/4 x 5 inches and added my sentiment (from the Super Sentimental stamp set). I added my panel to a yellow 4 × 5 1/4 inch mat. Finally I adhered them to my pink card base.

It was so much fun to play with these beautiful, vibrant colors! They kept their color fabulously even as they dried. If you want to see this card created, here is a link to my YouTube channel.


Paper: Aqua Paper, Yellow and Pink Cardstock

Inks: Raven ultra fine embossing powder, Embossing ink

Creamy Aqua Pigments: orange, light pink, yellow, light green

Aqua Pigments: Coral, Red, Yellow, Pink and Green

Stamp sets: Enchanted Rose Background and Super Sentimental

Fun, Bold Card with Brutus Monroe Stained Glass die and Arteza Mica Powders

Hello my friends! Shannon Smith here ready to play!

I have been thoroughly loving my time thus far on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team. I am excited to share a closer look at one of my projects.


This card is super easy but delivers a striking effect! I will list the supplies as we go and again at the bottom of the post in a list.

I recently purchased these mica powders after watching Christopher Alan play with them on one of his lives. I purchased Arteza’s package of 60. These are versatile and lots of fun to experiment with.


1. I cut out the Stained Glass die cut using lightweight black cardstock. I ran it through a couple of times to be sure all the details cut through.

2. I cut a white panel of Not Your Mama’s Cardstock to 3 7/8 × 5 3/16. I used the Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink all over the top side of the white panel to give the mica powder something to stick to.

3. Using a small blending brush and working from the center out, I started applying the color. I laid the die on top every so often to gauge where to put my color down.

4. Once I had all my color down, I adhered the die to the panel using Easy Squeeze Crystal Clear Glue. I added some interest by flicking some black sparkle pen across the card. I used Raven ink to stamp the sentiment from the Botanical Banners set. I added the sentiment and some little embellishments to the card and simply attached it to a white card base.

I love the results! To see how this card came together watch my YouTube tutorial


Brutus Monroe


Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink 2×2

Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink


Stained Glass


Botanical Banners


Mica Powders:

R-24, O-15, G-45, G-43, B-50, P-40