Have you ever had trouble creating ATC’s with metal embellishments?
When I was first starting to create artist trading cards, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  Everyone had beautiful vintage styled cards with fancy stuff on them.  I was a little overwhelmed with the cost of a lot of this stuff, especially the embellishments.  Fast forward to now and I’m happy to say the overwhelmed as for nothing.  Use what you have, create what you want and just have fun doing it.
I’m going to share some easy ways to create ATC’s with metal embellishments so you can get the biggest bang for your buck.  If you like to play with Fimo, have die-buts or stickers, you can use these too.  You don’t have to create ATC’s with metal embellishments and in fact, I’ll be sharing in a few days how to create ATC’s with thin cardboard embellishements.

ATC’s with Metal Embellishments

Here’s What You’ll Need


Paint Palette:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
    • Quinacridone Burnt Orange – DMFA31
    • Burnt Sienna – DMFA02
    • Interferance Gold – DMFA11
  • DecoArt Media Misters
    • Primary Magenta – DMM02
    • Red – DMM06
    • Shimmer Violet – DMM10
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre
    • Polished Coral – ML17C

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze – DMM17
  • DecoArt Media Liquid Glass – DMM14
  • Americana Decou-Page Matte – DS106

Tools and Accessories

  • Application and Texture Tools – DAS221
  • Ultra-Fine Writer Tip – DAS230C
  • Dual Sided Pouncers – DABK19


  • DecoArt Personally Yours, Urban Ink – Shadow – DYU04


  • Royal Aqualon
    • #8 & 12 Shader – R2150
    • #6 & 8 Round – R2250
  • Royal Soft-Grip
    • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Clear Choice
    • 3/16″ White Bristle Dome – 1113

Stamps and Pad

  • Distressed text
  • Small borders
  • ATC Label Stamp
  • Memento Luxe Mixed Media Stamp Pad – Tuxedo Black

Specialty Items

  • Clear stones or beads
  • metal charms/embellishments
  • eyelets and punch
  • paper clips
  • Recollections Vintage Gold Cracked Glass
  • Krylon Copper Leafing Pen
  • Rice Paper (for ATC label)
  • Printed quotes
  • Note:  feel free to substitute and use what you have

General Supplies:

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


Ready to Make This?

What did you think?

Do you have any metal embellishments in your stash?  If you counted, how many ATC’s could you make with what you have?  Share in the comments below.