artist trading card - you already know the answer

When you think of knowledge an Owl comes to mind.

In this video lesson, you’ll learn how to create an artist trading card (ATC) based on a Fortune Cookie quote “You already know the answer to the questions lingering inside your head”.

Although a wood die cut is used for the owl, you can use anything as your focal point.  An owl cutout from a magazine, digital image printed on your computer, sticker or any type of embellishment.

Artist Trading Card Surface

  • 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
    • Burnt Umber – DMFA03
    • Carbon Black – DMFA05
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics:  Black Pearl – DA122
  • DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister: White – DMM12
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre
    • Brilliant Turquoise – ML11C
    • Polished Coral – ML17C

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media
    • White Gesso – DMM18
    • White Tinting Base – DMM29
    • Americana Decou-Page Glue, Sealer & Finish – Paper – DS115

Collage Materials

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

Stamp Materials

  • Circles and Swirls stamp
  • Chicken Wire stamp (Kaisercraft)
  • Black Archival Ink Pad
  • ATC Stamp (optional)

Tools and Specialty Products

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


  • Royal Aqualon
    • 1/2″ Glaze – R2700
    • #8, 10 & 12 Shader – R2150
    • 2/0 Round – R2250
  • Royal Clear Choice Stencil Brush:  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


What did you think?

Can you see how flexible this project is.  It can easily be adapted to a postcard, journal page or formal painting.  Thinking of the fortune cookie quote, what focal point would you use instead of an owl?  Comment below and let me know.