Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card

Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card with Artist Trading Coins for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hello, Friends!  Have you heard about Artist Trading Coins?  I’ve made a trio of them as embellishments on this Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card.  What prompted this action?  Well, that would be the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog where the always fabulous Suzz is our hostess.  Let’s see what she has to say about this trendy challenge.

Challenge Theme: Artist Trading Coins 
The challenge this time is to create an Artist Trading Coin. I am inspired by a new way of capturing a little bit of our art to share with others. You challenge is to create a trading coin which should be a circle shape 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

Having never made an Artist Trading Coin before, I thought this could be a fun adventure.  After poking around in my stash for a bit, I decided to have a play with the Stamperia Lilac paper pad, some Stamperia Rice paper, texture paste, stencils and oh, a whole cast of mixed media characters.  This is what I came up with:

Stamperia Lilac Artist Trading Coins From the Beginning

The adventure began with a little die cutting.  Three 2 1/2″ circles were die cut from lightweight white chipboard using a Spellbinder’s Circle Nestabilities Die.  Because I wanted to work with Stamperia Magna Carta handmade paper, I  needed a sturdy base for the coins.  After cutting the first set of 3 circles, I cut a second set, this time from Magna Carta paper.

I adhered the Magna Carta coins over the chipboard coins and proceeded to color them with Distress Oxide Inks.  After attempting to heat emboss the surface with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture (epic fail) I realized I would have to come up with a fix for the mess I’d made. Then I had the idea to top each coin with a sort of doily, so I cut another set of 3 circles from Stamperia Lilac patterned paper using a Spellbinder Triple Tear circle die.  

Then I got involved in the creative process, and forgot to take photos.  But I ended up with the 3 Artist Trading Coins seen in the first photo.

Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card: Waste Not Want Not

Having been raised by a mother who’s credo in life was “waste not, want not,” I decided to put these coins to work as embellishments on this Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card.

This first ATCoin is covered with some Stamperia Rice Paper, a bit of Venise Lace, Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste applied through a Stamperia stencil and a Prima Lavender Butterfly.  I don’t know why this photographed with fuchsia edges, but it did.

I tore lots of paper layers from Stamperia Lilac and layered them up on my 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ ivory card base without matting them.  The Prima Butterflies were dressed up with a Tim Holtz Pen Nib and a little metal clock charm that I purchased at TFJB.


I used Antique Linen Distress Paint to alter the TH Word Band.   The Little Birdie Flower (available in AC Moore stores now) was the perfect accent for the pink/purple gingham bow. Now some detail photos:

Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card: A Peek Inside

Since I still had 2 coins left, I decided to put them to good use inside the card. I’ve used a tiny Paper Fastener to attach one to the pocket I embossed with the Botanic 3-D Texture Fade.  The raised portions of the pocket were brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint then lightly tapped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink.

This lovely journal card is tucked into the pocket on the front of this flap element.

A stitched bookmark and the 3rd ATCoin are hidden behind the flap.

The shallow pocket on the bottom half of the card also holds some sweet surprises.

This collection has a lovely cut apart page with a beautiful envelope element.  I cut this out, wrapped it with ribbon and tucked in a vintage silver spoon and honey stick.

How perfect is this teabag for this project?  I love when that happens!  I can see how these ATC Coins could be a wonderful way to use up little scraps and leftover bits.  They don’t take long to make, and the size means they work well for embellishments.  So, i can definitely see myself making more of these in the future.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic ATC Coin.  You do not need to use it on a project as I did. .  Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog  before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, February 26th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  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!

Did you enjoy learning about these ATC Coins?  Or have you made some yourself? Either way, , I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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14 thoughts on “Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card

  1. Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art

    My gosh Kathy, those are absolutley gorgeous, has me dreaming of Spring and lilacs in full bloom! Adore your ATCoin DOX backgrounds (the Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet combo is a keeper!) and your cards are perfect studies in composition and balance. Thanks so much for sharing them, Deb xo

  2. Helen

    Kathy, once again my jaw has dropped in awe at your exquisite crafting. You had me hooked as soon as I saw your ATCs and the color palette of this project. Seeing this Stamperia paper collection just blew away my resolve to buy no more paper until I finished using at least one full set of paper. Yes, I’m a paper addict and every time I see what you’ve created with yet another paper collection, my resolve weakens. (I hope you’re laughing by now!) This project is truly awesome and so inspiring. Love all the tucked in pieces. As always, tfs.

  3. lynn legge

    Kathy I am late in posting this…I cant tell you how this card is soooo beautiful…the colors are perfect, so like spring and always your embellishments add the perfect touch. and the friendship circle I love too…never heard of them before…thanks for teaching us about them

  4. veronica

    I love the idea of a new sort of ATC. I love artist trading cards and persist in making them even if they seem to be experiencing a bit of a slump in popularity. I’ve made inchies and twinchies but never coins, though I love the idea. I’m definitely going to give them a try. Thanks for sharing the idea and your beautiful cards. Do you have templates or measurements for cutting and scoring these card designs. I love sending a little something extra with my letters and cards and the way you’ve incorporated the items into your designs is beautiful. Thanks for sharing these ideas and creations. I will be saving this post to refer to later. 🙂

  5. Charlotte Zweigoron

    I always think of my handmade cards as a gift in themselves but you take it to the next level. I love the tea elements and the addition of a bookmark is especially thoughtful. Just love it all..!

  6. stampersuzz

    Ha ha! I knew I was really challenging you by asking for a simple circle! 🙂 I love how you have incorporated them as embellishments on a beautiful card folio! Wonderful ATC’s and gorgeous folio!

  7. Jessica Eiss

    I love Stamperia paper, and also have the lilac. It’s so pretty! Your ATC coins are really nice, esp with the mixed media. Love the folio, especially.

  8. Suzy Q

    Hello Kathy …luv this lilac friendship card …its so beautiful! Never heard of the ATC coins …but they are beautiful too! And the inside is as beautiful as the outside! A friend would so appreciate this card! Hugs, Suzy Q

  9. Cec

    The ATCs are fantastic with all the gorgeous embellishments and then to use them as a card embellishment is simply brilliant. The card folio is another beauty too with so many pockets and goodies. I always love your gifts disguised as a card.

  10. Jan Ross

    Fresh and sweet just like spring. Your mixed media endeavors are inspiring me, but I still am afraid I’ll get my feet wet. Yes your creative mind takes over, but thank you so much for showing us up close the finished products. Adorable and nothing says spring time like the color of lilac.

    By the way, I finished the Authenique Baby Swaddles Book and it was shipped yesterday to Colorado for my niece. Thank you so much for your expert instruction tutorial. This will be her third baby, and I wanted to encourage her to journal and make photo memories for this once in a lifetime capture of her new son’s life who comes in June, 2019.

  11. Sara Emily Barker

    I KNEW it! I just knew there was going to be some wonderful way you would present these beauties, so I have been working on my own presentation as well. Your trio of coins are so beautiful! I love how you ‘rescued’ them with the perfectly sized lacy die cuts. (Although I did not think you made a mess at all!) The butterfly with the pen nib looks great over the crackled rice paper on the first coin. The crackled stencil work makes for a lovely background to that butterfly and button on Dreams of Beauty and the Botanical Layers on Believe in Daydreams. Your card is stunning and as usual filled with so many gorgeous details! the little watch charm and the 3D textured pocket are among my favorite bits! Awesome creation, Kathy! Hugs!

  12. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, your ATC’s are just fabulous! And then using them on that beautiful card as embellishments was such a wonderful idea. I especially love the one with the plaid button. They are all so pretty. The Stamperia paper is gorgeous. They have really set the bar high on their paper designs. This is one of the loveliest cards ever! Thank you for sharing! Hugs

  13. Jenny Marples

    Oh I love the coordinated Spring look to your beautiful ATC’s Kathy and what a clever idea to include them in one of your magnificent card folios! Such a wonderful way to use them and create even more interest in a card x

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