August 25, 2017


This is an artist trading card (ATC) and it's the size of a standard playing card. It was made (along with three others) for this week's theme at Simon's Monday Challenge Blog.

I'd never made an ATC before but it's not much different than a tag size-wise and I like working small. Mine became a series rather naturally as a result of using a group photo fussy-cut from a book.

Below is a view of the four of them together but you'll have to open the light-box view (just click on the photo) to get the full effect.

Here's what the original photo looked like before I began to assemble the collages. The children (students) were all lined up in front of their rather impressive school building.

It was my intention to use materials/design elements that best reflect my current style: The fussy-cut figures, Distress Ink stains, stamped tissue paper, Remnant Rubs (Gilded Accents), postage stamps, polka dots (washi tape) and machine stitching.

The children's manner of dress (some without shoes), the mix of age groups and their expressions (perhaps being photographed for the very first time?) are all very endearing and illustrate perfectly why I like working with vintage photos so very much.


  1. These are fantastic! Love the photo!

  2. I love them you've made a great job, the background is beautiful and the photo matches perfectly with it, and the machine stitching gives it the perfect final touch. Hugs.

  3. What a genius idea! I love how you made this a series from one grand panoramic photo. The lesson of labeling is so important to be aware of and I like how this makes me think and be inspired. You art always does that to me and I'm so glad you continue to share your talents with us for our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges!

  4. Wow, these are amazing! I love the idea to using one large panoramic photo like that and turning it into several ATCs. Gorgeous background too and the stitching adds a perfect touch.

  5. Wow! I love these and the concept of labels! It really got me thinkin'!