Freedom ATC

Freedom - ATC - Create With Joy

Happy Independence Day Weekend! I’m kicking off July by joining the Two Crazy Crafters Patriotic ATC Blog Hop – and I invite you to as well!

For those of you who are new to the genre, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. It is a miniature piece of art – measuring 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches – created in any theme and any medium you choose!

For my ATC, I decided to blend the themes of Freedom and Celebration, because that’s what I think of when I think of July 4th. I chose our traditional national colors of red, white, and blue, and stamped a blend of swirls and stars to emulate a burst of fireworks. I distressed the edges to suggest blue skies, and I added bling and sparkle as well. I also hand-colored the red stars.

Here are a few of the materials used for the project:

  • CTMH D1289 – July Word Puzzle Stamp Set
  • Scrappy Cats SC1033 – Star Flourish Stamp Set
  • CTMH Holiday Red Dye Ink
  • CTMH Moonstruck Dye Ink
  • CTMH Spring Iris Dye Ink
  • Tombow (Red) Marker 835
  • Stickles Diamond
  • Embellishments – Bling, Button, & Brad

And a few related challenges:

So, how are you celebrating the 4th? Are there fireworks in your future? The inquisitive gals at Two Question Thursday and Aloha Friday want to know!

Whatever you do, do it in style – do it safely – and remember the reason we’re celebrating!

52 Responses to “Freedom ATC”

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  1. I love your ATC! I like how you inked the edges of the card. I appreciate that you listed your materials! How nice! Close To My Heart stamps are really popular in my area. I hear they have wonderful ink pads!

    Thank you for participating!


  2. Beth says:

    Very cool! Your card is worthy of sharing, and I appreciate your post. Happy 4th of July.

  3. melissa says:

    I love your card:) It was very Beautiful the use of colors was great!

  4. Elegia says:

    Very vivid and strong spirited card, love it!

  5. Penny says:

    Lovely ATC – very whimsical. Love it.


  6. Becca says:

    Wow! This ATC really has spirit! I love it!

  7. deb says:

    Love the flow of the colors…
    Happy 4th.

  8. Hi Ramona:
    Love your trading card! I hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend, celebrating our country’s birthday.
    Your friend,

  9. What a great pic! I found you through a Friday blog hop, please hop on over to my blog too!

  10. shah says:

    Many thanks for linking up again – I never heard of ATC either – something new to explore. My art as you know is the written word and this weeks offering is a horror/humour short story at

    Shah .X

  11. Sandra H says:

    Absolutley stunning

  12. Jamie says:

    Wonderful atc card, really like all the detail you put into it.

  13. Lisa says:

    I’m stopping by from Hop Along Friday and following on GFC and Twitter. I’d love for you to drop by my blog and follow back. I also snagged your button.

  14. shirley says:

    Lovely ATC Ramona! Happy 4th of July weekend to you…always great to visit you!

  15. Michelle says:

    Your blog is amazing. I love this. I wish I was more crafty. I think creativity begets creativity. The more you do it, the better you get. It’s inspiring. I love to make jewelry and scrapbook, but I’m by far not very good at it. If I had more time, I would love to do it. I also love your thoughts on creativity. God gave each of us something we are good at, but we all have it within us to be creative.

    I’m following you from the Friday Social Parade. If you have a chance, please come by and visit.

  16. Michelle says:

    BTW, I am following you under “Elle”! thanks 🙂

  17. Melissa says:

    Stopping by from the alexa hop. Have a good day!

  18. Mary says:

    Your card is so pretty…very festive, very patriotice! Have a great FOURTH !

  19. Kristen Bobbitt says:

    Hi There,

    I am a new follower from the Friday Blog Hop. This is my first hop! Please follow me back as I am just starting out. You have over 2300 followers! Very impressive!
    Have a great long weekend!

  20. jill conyers says:

    Your ATC is fabulous and the theme for the hop is a fun idea. Your blog makes me want to create something 🙂

    Have a great July 4th weekend!

  21. Anna-Marie says:

    Thanks for linking up to the NOBH. Love your cat pictures:) Great ideas I will be back to read some more soon.

  22. That is beautiful …
    btw my British husband is talking about taking the country back this weekend 😉

  23. Jane says:

    Your ATC is beautiful! I like the way you described how you made it & listed the materials too. I’m really enjoying visiting around all the blog hoppers. Isn’t this fun?
    Have a wonderful July 4th celebration!

  24. Very pretty! Stopping by from NOBH!

  25. Amanda says:

    The ATCs are great, I love them, you are definitely a busy lady will check out some of the challenges you have listed. Have a blessed weekend.


    Amanda – Realityarts-Creativity
    Art Blog

  26. Self Sagacity
    Twitter: selfsagacity

    I am celebrating some time at home eating a lot of barbecue oysters. Happy Fourth of July.

  27. A new follower from your hop. I’m looking at the muffin recipe below and thinking of a Sunday morning fresh baked breakfast. Thanks for hosting.

  28. Lara at Twice Blessed Life - Raising Twins Heartistically! says:

    Very nice ATC! I like the red swirly bits in between the stars – very dynamic!

    I’m here on the “Make Your Rank Lower Monday Alexa Blog Hop!”
    I visited at least two pages on your blog so it will count w/Alexa.
    Please visit me at Twice Blessed Life – Raising Twins Heartistically! Thank you!

  29. Thrifty Mom Spot says:

    Beautiful! Have a great 4th! New follower from Sunday Hop would love if you’d return the favor!

  30. Gosh I have missed you! Seems like forever since I have been able to come by and say hello.
    Love your latest creation. I always do. lol
    Hope your having a great Holiday weekend

  31. Susan says:

    love your ATC, i love the stars and the swirls, great choice of colors, love how it pops out ! very creative, Happy 4th of July !

    I’m blog hopping from homemakeronadime, your newest follower 🙂

    Susan at

  32. New follower from last week’s Thankful for Friends hop. (I’m a little slow this week) 🙂

  33. Deb K says:

    I am stopping by from Sunday Strolling Blog Hop! I am now following you 🙂

    You can find me here~


  34. Sandy says:

    Hi, a lovely little ATC great swirls and stars! I saw it on Make It Monday, good luck,

  35. CHRISSY says:

    WOW!! Great ATC card, great interpretation.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  36. Jingle says:

    Freedom is everyone’s dreams.
    way to go.

    Happy Belated July 4th.

  37. Dr Sonia S V says:

    Such a beautiful combination of colors
    Dropped in seeing your card on Make it Monday

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  38. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

  39. Aimee says:

    Wow- that turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing it with all of us on The Sunday Showcase

  40. Mary J says:

    Very patriotic! Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday!

    Mary J x

  41. Really awesome post! Thanks for linking it up at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop 🙂

  42. Michelle says:


    Fabulousn ATC! Perfectly patriotic.

    Thank you for sharing with us this week at Make It Monday.

    Michelle 🙂

  43. Noël says:

    What a beautiful card. Do you sell these or just make them for a hobby?

  44. Christina says:

    This is an awesome ATC. Love the swirls with the stars. Thank you for linking up with us at Paper Issues.

  45. Sandra V. says:

    Wonderful!! Love the stamp set you used.
    Thanks for Sharing!!
    Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~Sandra V.

  46. brianne says:

    I love this! It’s full of joy and celebration!

  47. Michelle
    Twitter: DishofDailyLife

    Thanks for linking us with us at LOBS! We had fireworks tonight – lots of fun!!

  48. Kaye Swain says:

    Thanks for a delightful visit for Pink Saturday. Such a pretty ATC ! Happy 5th of July 🙂



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