Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Artist Trading Coins

Howdy!  I am back to share some Artist Trading Coins created for the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge "Artist Trading Coins" hosted by me. :)

The challenge is to create an Artist Trading Coin. I was inspired by a new way of capturing a little bit of art to share with others. Your challenge is to create a trading coin which should be a circle shape 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

I have to admit this challenge was a bit addicting for me as I kept creating different types o ATC's.

Dina Wakely Always Flowers Ranger Distress Inks For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Once I cut a variety of circles I pulled out some new stamps and just started to create. 
Dina Wakely Always Flowers For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 I really like designing in small spaces.  I think I like it because you have the opportunity to cut off part of a stamp or image and create a different view or focal point.

I started with the new flower stamps from Dina Wakely and stamped them staggered.  I wanted them to be softer so I could stamp over the sentiment.

This actually measures 2 3/4" in diameter to accommodate the sentiment.  I also added a slightly larger circle so I went over my size on this trading coin.

For my second ATC I decided to use the same flower stamp set but stamped it multiple times on old dictionary pages.
Dina Wakely Always Flowers Ranger Distress Inks For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 I wanted to see if I could get textured layers.  I used the full flower image and stamped, embossed and cut out the layers to create my printed flower.  I added a little bee to the petals from another Dina Wakely stamp set.

I then decided to pull out the paper dolls to use up a leftover yellow background from the previous ATC.
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Tim Holtz Ephemera Little Snippets Paper Dolls Rub-on Remnants For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 With just a few pieces of ephemera, stickers and rub-ons I was able to quickly assemble another ATC.

I also wanted to play with the Funky Foliage as it just recently made it's way home to me. :) 

Sizzix Funky Foliage Die Ranger Distress Oxide Inks For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I die cut all the pieces and sponged them with the lovely soft Distress Oxide Inks and layered them onto a dictionary page background.

My final ATC was a mix of leftover scraps.  I wanted to try something with pretty spring colors and a die-cut butterfly started me down this path. 
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Picked Raspberry Wild Violet Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Quote Chips Stampers Anonymous On the Farm Correspondence For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
I hope this has you inspired to come share your circular art!  The winner will earn the chance of a guest spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. So many beautiful ATC's and inspiring ideas for decorating them Suzz! I love how you've used the new Dina Wakley stamp set and played with the Tim Holtz die cuts and ephemera xx

  2. Wonderful collection of mini masterpieces, Suzz! It really looks like you had a blast creating these, and I love how you've added so much detail and dimension in such a tiny space! Well done, you! Great challenge; I really enjoyed making these coins and my self imposed challenge to create something to put them in. Hugs!

  3. These are so fun, Suzz! I love the way you just throw off the ropes and play with these challenges, and the results are always fantastic! My favorite is the's just so whimsical and beautifully composed. This was a fun challenge!

  4. I haven't gotten into these tiny works of art yet but yours are amazing. So many beautiful details in a small space. I think perhaps the flower and the mushroom are my favorite.

  5. Amazing ATCoins Suzz, I just discovered this tiny art form and am so glad I did, they are very addictive to make! Thanks for sharing your beautiful coins, Deb xo


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