Getting Started Project: Printing and Finishing an Altered Art Artist Trading Card

December 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Bee Music Printable Artist Card Tag

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What are Artist Trading Cards?

Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) have a big following among creative people of all types. They’re small, usually 2 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches, can be made of nearly any material and make a lovely tag or gift. They’re a perfect start to getting started with Digital Papercrafts using both pixels and paper.

Let’s start with a digital altered art card that’s ready to print. In other articles, we’ll cover how to make cards like this, but here’s the file to get you started.

Bee Music Printable Artist Card Tag

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(Bee Music Tag)

Download the file to your computer by clicking on the image or the link above to open in a new window, and then right click to “save as.” Choose an easy to find location like the desktop to save to.


Printing: From Pixels to Paper

Choose a quality paper or cardstock to print the card. For a project like this, a heavier stock will give more body to the finished card. Kodak photo paper works well to reproduce colors and details, but the coating may affect later techniques like embossing. If you’re using a print on demand service like Shutterfly or other photo printer choose a heavier more matte paper. Of course, you’ll have to wait a bit for your printed card to arrive.

Follow your printer manufacturer directions for printing and print the card on your chosen stock. You can maximize use of the paper by printing multiple cards on one page as well as having extra for certain techniques.

You may want to cut your cards out now or leave them on the page for the next steps. It’s an individual choice and depends on the techniques you choose to embellish them with.

Easy Paper Crafting Techniques

Let’s keep it simple for this card and only add a couple additional paper techniques.


Since we’re starting with a flat print, adding dimension and physical texture is a good start. How about gold embossing powder to create a defined edge?

Apply a bead of embossing fluid or glue using a pen applicator around the edge of the card. Sprinkle with embossing powder and use a heat tool to melt the powder. Cool and cut out the cards.


Next, let’s add a three dimensional touch by fussy cutting the bee and comb section out of the extra cards we printed.

Don’t forget, when you’re cutting something fiddly, move the paper against the scissors blade; not the the other way ’round.

Digital Papercrafts Tutorial Fussy Cut Components


Now, one of our favorite things: Sparkle! Use a little or a lot but glitter and other sparkling products add life.

Coat the cut out details with glue (a glue pen works great) and sprinkle with ultrafine glitter. Let dry and tap off the excess.


Before attaching the glittered details, punch a hole in the center top and thread about 12 inches of ribbon through for hanging. This tag has a gold organdy ribbon layered with a thinner satin ribbon for more texture.

Last, attach the glittered details with three dimensional adhesive foam squares. Tweezers are really helpful to handle the cut outs!

Digitalpapercrafts Tutorial Dimensional Attachments

This sweet little tag  is a small project that doesn’t take a lot of time or materials, but makes a thoughtful and unique touch as as hangtag on a special gift.

It’s that simple to combine pixels and paper to make unique and creative papercrafts.

Printable artist card finished with papercraft

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