Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Queen Of Snark Artist Trading Coins

Hi everyone, back with a project that's a little bit different for me but I have to tell you I had a hoot making it!  Mixed Up Creative offers it's members a free printable each month (or you can also buy them in their Etsy shop) and this month the printable was some very stylish 50's ladies.  Now I don't know about you, but for me those 50's illustrations always seem to pair perfectly with a little bit of snark 😉  So I decided to make a series of Artist Trading Coins (ATCoins) entitled Queen Of Snark and I love how they turned out!  (Pssst!  If you are a member of Mixed Up Creative's Facebook group Mixed Up Mixer: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mixedupmixer/, come on over to add your own March printable creations on our Playtime With Printables post!).

I've made lots of ATC's before (Artist's Trading Cards) but had never jumped on the ATCoin bandwagon and am so glad I did, they are too much fun!  I read a tip online (and apologies, I can't remember where I saw it) to actually make the 'coin' in a square format first and then cut or punch it out after you've placed your elements where you want them.  It worked like a charm and was much easier than trying to trim off the rounded edges perfectly as you placed things.  I started out with a 3" square piece of chipboard packaging as the backing for all of my ATCoins, completed the mixed media backgrounds with paints, stamps and stencils and then auditioned my images and sentiments within a 2.5" circular template that I made out of acrylic packaging (2.5" is the regulation size of an ATCoin) before adhering them in place and cutting out the final coin.

I don't have any step outs as I was having too much fun playing but here are some closeups with a brief description of the products used on each of the ATCoins.

Queen Of Snark #1

** Apologies to anyone who is offended by this one but I think it's hilarious 😜  #sorrynotsorry **

Background DecoArt Media Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic over gesso'd chipboard packaging, stenciled with Thatched Layering stencil and Leaf Green Archival , stamped with Tim Holtz Mixed Media 101 clear stamp and Forget-Me-Not Archival and Remnants Of Art typography stamp and Vintage Photo Archival.  Image coloured with Distress Markers (Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss), 'girl friend' stamped with Crafty Secrets stamp and overwritten with white gel pen.  Doodling and outlines with black Pigma Micron and white gel pens.  Edged with a smidge of Vintage Photo Distress Archival.

Queen Of Snark #2

Background Permanent Rose Winsor & Newton Galleria acrylic over gesso'd chipboard packaging, stenciled with Grid Dot Layering stencil and Brutus Monroe Alabaster Pigment Ink.  I mistakenly thought that the Alabaster Pigment ink would be permanent when dry but when I applied a layer of Distress Matte Collage Medium it smeared everywhere so I replaced the Grid Dot stencil and wiped through it with a damp baby wipe.  Think I like how it turned out better than the original!!  Stamping with AAll & Create Clear Stamps #3 and Leaf Green Archival and Ledger Script stamp and Ground Espresso Archival.  Image coloured with Distress Markers (Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage), OMG stamped with Hipster stamp and Black Soot Distress Archival.  Doodling and outlining with same pens as above.

Queen Of Snark #3

Background Liquitex Brilliant Yellow Green Heavy Body acrylic over gesso'd chipboard packaging, stenciling with  Stitched Mini Layering stencil (#33) and Stazon Midnight Blue ink, stamping with AAll & Create Clear Stamps #10 and Watering Can Archival and Ledger Script stamp and Ground Espresso Archival.  Image coloured with Distress Markers (Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick) and doodling and outlining pens as above.

The snarky phrases were found on the internet and I just printed them out on my computer.  I also made some ATCoin backs to record the name, date and maker on iPiccy and with my Paint.net program and put them on the back of each ATCoin.

If you'd like to use these for your own ATCoins, just click on the picture above and then right click to 'view image', click on the image again to get it full size, save it to your computer and print it out to 'fit the page' (or whatever the equivalent wording is on your computer!)  😀

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my snarky ATCoins, I was giggling the whole time I was making them LOL!

I'd like to link up my Queen Of Snark ATCoins with the current Artist Trading Coins challenge over at Frilly and Funkie 😀

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Oh, these are so FUN! I love the retro color palette with the retro fashion. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie ATC Coin Challenge!

  2. Deb, your snarky gals are quite beautiful and had me giggling, too! I can imagine the fun had creating these! I'm just so impressed with how all these different maker's products work so perfectly together. I'm delighted you were able to join in the fun at Frilly and Funkie. These were my first coins, too, and it was a very fun challenge! Hugs!

  3. I loved seeing your Queen of Snark ATCoins Deb! My Mum wore dresses just like that in the late 50's, so that took me back a bit. I love the backgrounds you created and that is such a great tip about making them in a square first, thank you for that! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. LOve love love!!!!!! I just relate to your coins. :-) Thanks for joining the Frilly and Funkie challenge.

  5. Such a fun post. Thanks for the ATC Coin Backs. I hadn't had time to look for any. Have always loved ATC's and miss my swaps. This was a fun challenge. Your designs were like true life ! Enjoy a great week.

  6. What great fun Deb, I can see why you were giggling whilst making these and a great tip for creating them. TFS xxx

  7. Deb these are all wonderful. They made me laugh and the images are perfect with the quotes. Fantastic backgrounds as well. Thanks for playing along with us in the ATC Coins challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

  8. Love these and can't stop chuckling. The colours and backgrounds are fabulous and the images are so retro. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.


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