How to Create a Card With GRAFIX ARTIST-TAC & Paint Chips

by tami sanders * paper crafter

Learn how to use Artist-Tac, a dry adhesive from Grafix and paint chips to create this card with brightly colored mums. The Artist-Tac makes adhering the small pieces neat and easy.


  • Grafix: Artist-Tac
  • Clearsnap: ClearStamps: Big Thanks
  • Paint Chips: 3 Shades each of: Pink Orange Purple
  • Paint Chips: 4 Shades of Green
  • Punches: 3” and 2 1/2” Circles
  • Punches: 5/8” Teardrop
  • Punches: 2” Skinny Heart
  • White Cardstock
  • Black Rhinestones
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pencil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Artist-Tac is a permanent dry adhesive that comes in sheets. It is great to use for paper projects, especially projects like this with small pieces that are hard to adhere with liquid glues.

    Step 2

    Paint chips are fun, free and come in an endless array of colors. This project utilizes them to create a unique card.

    Step 3

    Cut a 6 X 12 piece of cardstock and fold in half to make card base.

    Step 4

    Prep the Artist-Tac by bending back a corner...

    Step 5

    ...then lifting and folding the cover sheet back to reveal about 5” of the adhesive.

    Step 6

    Cut a ¼” strip off dark pink paint chip so that the strip has all the colors on the card.

    Step 7

    Use teardrop punch to punch out 16-18 shapes from dark pink paint chip.

    Step 8

    Place punched shapes onto Artist-Tac sheet. HINT: place shapes on Artist-Tac sheet as you punch to make sure you don’t drop or misplace any.

    Step 9

    Flip Artist-Tac cover sheet back on top of adhesive, and smooth with your fingers to make sure shapes are firmly pressed into adhesive.

    Step 10

    To make forming mum shapes easier, create a simple template. Punch out a 3” circle.

    Step 11

    Then mark the center with a pencil.

    Step 12

    Insert circle into 2 ½” circle punch, then center the dot and punch.

    Step 13

    Don’t worry if your circle is not exactly centered, it won’t matter.

    Step 14

    Lay template at bottom left corner of your card front. Lift shapes off Artist-Tac sheet and place one by one around the inside of the template with points of teardrops facing center. Remove template.

    Step 15

    Cut a ¼” strip off medium pink paint chip so that the strip has all the colors on the card.

    Step 16

    Punch 10-12 teardrops from medium pink paint chip, place on adhesive as before, then adhere teardrops so that they overlap the dark pink circle slightly.

    Step 17

    Repeat steps with light pink, punching 7-8 tear drops, and adhering with points overlapping to form center of flower.

    Step 18

    Repeat process at upper left corner with purple paint chips...

    Step 19

    ...and at upper right with orange.

    Step 20

    Punch 2 skinny hearts from medium green and 1 from bright green, dark green and lime green.

    Step 21

    Cut bright green and lime green hearts in half, pick 3 to use.

    Step 22

    Place 3 half hearts on Artist-Tac sheet, replacing cover and smoothing as before.

    Step 23

    Adhere half hearts over full hearts, having the half heart slightly offset to show color underneath at outer edge.

    Step 24

    Place hearts so that only top half is on the adhesive.

    Step 25

    Adhere heart leaves to the card, slipping them under flower edge and letting some overhang as shown. (reason adhesive was only applied to top edge)

    Step 26

    Gather all the paint chip strips you cut and lay out with colors alternating as you like.

    Step 27

    Lay about the first 1” or so of each strip on the adhesive, lining up the strips side by side.

    Step 28

    Trim off the excess cover sheet.

    Step 29

    Cut 2 – ¼” strips, the adhesive sheet will be attached to back.

    Step 30

    Strip made up of pieces of each paint chip strip.

    Step 31

    Cut a 5” piece from one strip, dovetail left end, peel back adhesive sheet from other end of strip and slowly adhere pieces as you pull off strip along bottom of card, starting even with right edge.

    Step 32

    Repeat with a 3 ½” piece and adhere slightly above first strip.

    Step 33

    Stamp sentiment above strips at bottom right of card.

    Step 34

    Place 3 rhinestones onto Artist-Tac sheet and press to transfer adhesive.

    Step 35

    Adhere rhinestones to center of each flower.

    Step 36

    Finished card.