Monday, 27 January 2014

Chinese New Year Artist Trading Block by Deborah


Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy: Chinese Lanterns
My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing: Honey Happiness
Artemio Clear Stamps: Chinese Herbs; Chinese Vases
Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade; Fired Brick; Mustard Seed
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade; Barn Door; Mustard Seed
Distress Paints: Mustard Seed
Fresco Finish: Blood Orange
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Adirondack Dye Ink: Pitch Black
Watercolour Pencils
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
White Card (the heavier the better); lightweight white card
Double Sided Tape (for the tabs)
3D Foam Tape
Glue Stick
Sizzix Dies:  XL Block 3-D; Tattered Floral; Tattered Floral Mini
Scraps of painted paper from my stash

If making your own ATB: Bone Folder, Craft Knife and Ruler or Paper Trimmer

Artist Trading Blocks look like being one of the new trends of 2014. The great thing about them - as well as the face you have more sides to decorate is that they are made of card and can be sent flat for assembly by the recipient. I chose a Chinese New Year theme as the Year of the Horse begins at the end of this week.

You can buy the Sizzix dies in various sizes or make your own from one sheet of A4 card (mine has 3" x 3" sides). Made in two parts, each part is basically 3 squares of equal sizes in a row with tabs at either end (see photo) Make sure you used a bone folder if you are making your own.

This is my first attempt at making and decorating an ATB and I should have used heavier card (even better, mount board) for sturdier construction. I apologise for the slightly rickety appearance but, look at it this way, I'm making the mistakes first so you don't have to :-).

I applied the Distress Inks with a blending tool to both pieces, then used the same inks, plus black, to stamp. I stamped the lanterns and vases separately onto a lightweight card and coloured with a mix of Distress Stains, Blood Orange and watercolour pencils. Some I glued on, others I raised slightly with 3D foam tape.

I die cut my flower for the top from scraps of inked and painted paper from my stash, adding more colour with Distress Stains where necessary.

The only thing you have to watch out for when decorating is to ensure that the image on the middle square of the second strip faces the same way up as the three images on strip one - because it is this middle square that forms the fourth upright side of the cube (I hope that makes sense!).


  1. This is fabulous - gorgeous colours.
    xxx Hazel.

  2. This is gorgeous Deb, The colours really make it pop. Carol x

  3. It's gorgeous Deb, love the vibrant colours x

  4. Really beautiful Debs and the stamping and colours are stunning.

  5. Really beautiful! The detail and colors are totally amazing.

  6. How lovely! Well, let's see if the ATB spreads as quickly as I presume it will ;)
    Thanks for the tutorial (and the very clear explanation on side four)!

    Claudia x

  7. Loving the fab colours, beautiful work Debs, hugs Annette x

  8. Brilliant colours and stamping, and lovely to see that for ATBs you just need some A4 card... thanks for that!
    Alison x

  9. What a wonderful idea and beautiful work you have done on it. Nice to see you shared it with us at Artful Times but if you would like to be considered for the prize you will need to add a link to Artful in the post please.

    Love Chrissie x

  10. The most gorgeous colours - a very special way to celebrate.

  11. A wonderful tut Debs :) and a good tip for not getting the image upside down
    Von ♥

  12. A super idea and fantastic designed!

  13. What a shame you did not link us at Artful Times. This is a lovely idea and thanks for the heads up. A very nice box.
    Hugs, Neet

  14. It looks lovely - great stamping.


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