Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chekerdboard Artist Trading Card Swap

I am sharing a picture tutorial for this wonderful set of ATC's. They were made for a swap over the Smeared and Smudged Facebook Group
  • Canson Mixed Media paper (140 lb)
  • Distress Ink - Black Soot
  • Sharpie pen - Medium and fine
  • Gelatos
  • Workable Fixative
  • Glossy Accent
  • Scotch permanent glue pen
  • Versamark Ink
  • Distress Embossing Powder - Black Soot
  • Diamond Mesh - Black
  • Inkadinkado Stamp Set - Calligraphy Ornamental
How to:
 Draw the Checkerboard pattern.  I did three different styles.
Fill in the spaces following the Checkerboard pattern
 Here are the finished checkerboard backgrounds

 Using Versamak stamp the corner of the card with the swirl stamp

 Cover the ik with embossing powder and heat set it.
 Add distress ink to the edge, This adds dimension to the card.
 Glue the image. Add depth to  the base with Gelatos and a small brush.
Add the embelishment and you have finished.

Tittle: Skully King
Tittle: Skully Queen
Tittle:  Skully Bishop
I would like to share this ATC's in the following challenges:

Hope you like them and feel inspired to make some ATC's, they are lots of fun!


  1. oooo I love your ATCs Julia! These are amazingly cool and wonderful. The backgrounds are awesome, I really love those eye-benders! That is something I would love to try. Thanks so much for inspiring and playing at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim

  2. Amazing! Love the use of red on the chessboard and thank you so much for the tutorial, truly inspirational. Fabulous ATC's must say. Thanks so much for playing with us this month at Dream in Darkness, looking forward to see some more of your fab makes.

  3. Oh Julia, soooooo beautiful and craftily done. TY for the step by step and love that checkerboard background...awesoooome. Fun, creative, and gorgeous ATC's. Thanks for your July entry to the Smudgy Antics monthly challenge. Shoni, DT

  4. Fabulous ATC's! Love that chess set and your backgrounds are really awesome! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this month! ~Nan, DT~

  5. Great set of ATC'S and Fabulously done too. Thanks for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics.

  6. Those chess pieces are set off nicely against the warped chessboards


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