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Artist Trading Cards

February 17, 2015

Hello to everyone! It is Els here today with Artist Trading Card (ATC) projects that mix my Jewelry Dies 1 – Sea Glass shapes with dies from our two licensed designers. You’ll find one of Karen Burniston’s Characters, Dutch the Fox, and one of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Garden Notes low-relief flowers, the Hydrangea. Well, actually, the background behind the Hydrangea is cardstock that is left after cutting shapes to make the rocks that Dutch is sitting on!


I was inspired by the red fox I see in our back yard in Colorado each day.


Hydrangea ATC:

1. Cut a 2.5″ x 3.5″ rectangle from green cardstock. Cut a second rectangle just a bit smaller from cream-colored cardstock.

2. Die cut Sea Glass shapes from the cream cardstock. Set aside the die cut shapes to use for Dutch the Fox ATC. Lightly ink cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink.


3. Glue the die cut cream cardstock, centered, on top of the green cardstock.

4. Die cut and assemble a Garden Notes Hydrangea. For instructions on how two create the Hydrangea, check out Susan’s YouTube video below.

5. Glue Hydrangea to the ATC as shown in the picture of the finished card at the beginning.

Option: Switch to a rose, lily, tulip or other Garden Notes flower.

Dutch the Fox ATC:

1. Cut a 2.5″ x 3.5″ rectangle from black cardstock. Cut a second rectangle just a bit smaller from white cardstock. Ink edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Glue white cardstock, centered, on top of the black cardstock.

2. Use the Pumice Stone Distress Ink, or a mix of colors to add color to die cut Sea Glass shapes. (Use the 9 shapes left from the Hydrangea ATC, or if you are not making that project simply die cut as many Sea Glass shapes as you want for the rocks.) Lightly burnish the back of each rock with a ball stylus to create dimension and realism.


3. Overlap and glue the rocks toward the bottom of the ATC as shown. Tip: Use foam tape to adhere some of the rocks to create even more dimension.

4. Die cut pieces needed for Dutch the Fox; assemble him.

5. Add Dutch to the ATC, using foam tape for dimension behind his tail and upper body and a dab of glue to hold his lower body and feet. (Using glue or tape for his bottom section will anchor him to the rocks so he looks like he’s sitting, not floating.)

I hope you will make a bunch of ATCs to send to your friends! They’re so much fun.


Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

954 Jewelry 1 – Sea Glass

994 Garden Notes – Hydrangea

946 Dutch the Fox

808 Susan’s Garden Tool Set

502 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet 8.5 x 11

506 Transparent Double Sided Tape 6mm

809 Mini Molding Pad

Other – 

Cardstock: Green, Cream-colored, Black and White

Pan Pastels Flower Coloring Kit 2 with Susan Tierney Cockburn

Ranger Mini Blending Tool

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads Pumice Stone and Antique Linen


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  • Kelly Booth February 25, 2015 at 7:46 am

    So Fun Els, I’m loving how all the dies go together so well!!

  • Carol Baker Melancon February 22, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I’m so happy to see the tutorials for Susan’s Garden Notes dies (I have nine so far and feel much more confident assembling them after watching a tutorial). However, I hope you will reconsider the YouTube settings. I keep a playlist of Susan’s tutorials for future reference and felt I must change my playlist from Public to Unlisted to honor the notice that you wanted the Garden Notes videos unlisted. Though I enjoy your blog, I would like to be able to search for new Garden Notes tutorials without having to check every blog post. If you could, at least, allow them to appear in the list of videos on the Elizabeth Crafts Designs channel, that would help. If the Garden Notes tutorials were changed to Public, you might get more customers 🙂

    • Elizabeth Craft Designs April 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Hi Carol,
      So sorry for the late reply. The settings are now such that you can share with no warning that pops up. Thanks for your comment! If you have any problems again, please let us know. Feel free to email directly at info@ecraftdesigns.com.

  • Frances Byrne February 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    such a fun project, love how you used the Sea Glass Jewelry dies on this and loving Susan’s video tutorials too.

  • Judi Kauffman February 18, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Shaping the rocks to add dimension is a wonderful touch, Els. Jewelry Dies 1 – Sea Glass is so versatile.

  • Nancy ' February 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Really cute Els, I have several foxes in my yard on the Western Slope of Colorado, they are so cute and love to play and chase each other. They bring treasures to my yard, the latest is a chewed on football!

  • Raquel Mason February 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    What a great idea to use the negative space from the jewelry die and to also use it as rocks! What a beautiful Hydrangea, thanks for the video on assembling.

  • dyeandpigment55 February 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I do really like the hydrangea and the picture of the fox – how adorable.

  • Pauline mcintyre February 17, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I love the real fox ! We dont have them here in NZ

  • Candy Spiegel February 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I love this …

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