artist trading card - distance yourself from the vain

Vanity is something present in all periods of time.

In this video, you will learn how to create an ATC (artist trading card) using collage and stencil for the fortune cookie quote “Distance yourself from the vain” and adding some bling is part of the entertainment.

I’m not going to edit out the massive trouble I had trying to use tiny rhinestones because if you are a mixed media artist as well, I’m sure you’ve had this problem and if you haven’t, you will and I want to show you how I get around it.


  • 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
    • Titanium White – DMFA39
    • Ultramarine Blue – DMFA43
    • Burnt Sienna – DMFA02
    • Yellow Green Light – DMFA46
    • Paynes Grey – DMFA20
    • Pyrrole Red – DMFA18
    • Primary Magenta – DMFA2

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media
    • White Gesso – DMM18
    • Black Gesso – DMM19
    • Americana Decou-Page Glue, Sealer & Finish – Paper – DS115
    • DecoArt Media Liquid Glass – DMM14

Collage Materials

  • Americana Decou-Page Paper – Victorian Romance – DP03
  • Face Cutout from scrapbook paper or digital print
  • Fortune Cookie quote printed on regular printer paper
  • Random die-cut of a mannequin


  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencils:
    • Strike the Pose – Andy06
    • Whirlpool – Andy54

Stamp Materials for Label (optional)

  • Black Archival Ink Pad
  • ATC Label Stamp
  • Rice Paper

Tools and Specialty Products

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


  • Royal Aqualon
    • 1″, 3/4″ & 1/2″ Glaze – R2700
    • #8 Shader – R2150
  • Clear Choice Stencil Brushes
    • 3/8″ White Bristle – 1111
    • 1/4″ Short Length White Bristle – 1112
    • 3/16″ Domed White Bristle – 1113

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
  • Tweezers

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?  Share in the comments below.