How to Create Mixed Media ATC's to Decorate Cards

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

I love using ATC's to decorate my cards. It provides a nice little piece of art to give to your special someone. Let's get started.


  • chipboard or base for ATC
  • clear and white gesso
  • tissue tape
  • old book pages
  • archival ink
  • stencils of choice
  • butterfly stamp image
  • *sprays-timeless, glorious, plush, wild orchid
  • sorbet-sunshine, vegas gold, purple rain
  • upholstery thread
  • stamped sentiments
  • black modeling paste
  • seam binding
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    For your ATC's cut chipboard in the dimensions that are shown above.

    Step 2

    Place all together and attach randomly with tissue tape. This will act as some pretty background layers later.

    Step 3

    Take some old book pages and using archival ink in black I used Chasing Butterflies stencil

    Step 4

    Add sections of the book pages to your ATC's apply using clear gesso. This will adhere your paper as well as prime the surface for your paint and ink mediums.

    Step 5

    Dry brush white gesso on your ATC's in order to soften the edges of the book pages and tissue tape.

    Step 6

    For more texture I used Dottie stencil and ran black modeling paste through it. Heat set. Using Lattic stencil run Sorbet Glass randomly on ATC's

    Step 7

    Here is a photograph of the ATC's so far. Take black archival ink and stamp texture images here and there for more interest.

    Step 8

    Using your craft mat, spray puddles of your Colorations on the mat so you can apply with a paint brush to your ATC's.

    Step 9

    Step 10

    Stamp butterfly images on white cardstock using black archival ink. Allow to dry. Using a water brush apply more Colorations and spritz with water to provide a watercolor effect. Cut out butterflies.

    Step 11

    Adding some more pop of color and deep shadows on your cards I combined these two colors as well as Purple Rain and applied to the corners and beneath the butterflies.

    Step 12

    Use Sorbet Purple Rain to provide a more deep color to your cards for shadows.

    Step 13

    Upholstery thread is a nice touch to add to provide soft texture to your projects. I used 3D Matt Gel to adhere the thread.

    Step 14

    Distress the edges with Black Soot Distressed Ink.

    Step 15

    Place coordinating color mats under your ATC's for a backing.

    Step 16

    Stamp your sentiment on your white cards and apply your pretty ATC's to the front of the cards

    Step 17

    Cut the length of seam binding you would like to color and spray with your Colorations.

    Step 18

    Squish into a tight ball and wind a rubber band around it and allow to dry.

    Step 19

    You will use the seam binding to wrap your card set together for a gift.

    Step 20

    Now you have a whole set of one of a kind cards to give as a gift.

    Step 21

    Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Make yourself some pretty little masterpieces to be added to a set of cards for someone special.

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