artist trading card - live in this world

Every day, something happens that has me thinking of the way things were in the past.

Soaring hydro rates, the cost of bread or the news.  In this video lesson, you will learn how to create an ATC (Artist Trading Card) with the theme based on the fortune cookie quote “It is now, and in this world, that we must live”.


  • 2.5″ x 3.5″ cardstock from packaging material.
  • You can use any type of heavier stock such as 140lb watercolour or mixed media paper, chipboard or Terra Skin


  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
    • Green Gold – DMFA14
    • English Red Oxide – DMFA13
    • Carbon Black – DMFA05
  • DecoArt Mister: Orange – DMM05

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media
    • White Gesso – DMM18
    • Black Gesso – DMM19
    • Americana Decou-Page Glue, Sealer & Finish – Paper – DS115
    • Americana Decou-Page Glue, Sealer & Finish – Matte – DS106

Collage Materials

  • Americana Decou-Page Paper – Olde Worlde- DP10
  • Die-cut Clock (any type of clock focal point is fine)


  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencil:  Old Film – Andy04
  • DecoArt Americana Mixed Media Stencil: Short Circuit – ASMM39

Stamp Materials

  • Black Archival Ink Pad
  • ATC Label Stamp
  • Rice Paper
  • Fortune Cookie quote printed on regular printer paper

Tools and Specialty Products

  • DecoArt Application and Texture Tools:  DAS221
  • Dual Sided Paint Pouncers -DABK19-K


  • Royal Aqualon
    • 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ Glaze – R2700
    • #12 & 10 Shader – R2150
    • #5 Round – R2250
  • Clear Choice Stencil Brushes
    • Small Filbert – 1114
    • Domed White Bristle – 1113
  • AquaFlow Brush (Green Tip) – AQFLOW-100

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors

Manufacturer Information:

  • DecoArt/Americana:
  • Royal Brush:
  • Unstick:

What did you think?

What’s the first idea that comes to mind if you were to create your own design?. Would it be for an art journal, ATC, greeting card?