Monday, July 06, 2015

Artist Trading Blocks

Morning All - Paula here again using the fab New Retro Beach Set. I actually made 2 ATB's which are identical apart from the base colour I used.

The ATB's are 3'' x 3'' cubes made using Kraft card. I have my own template I use which I'm sharing here today - there are probably easier ways to do it but I found a way that suits me.

Take an A4 piece of Kraft card and cut it to measure 4"x 10" - hopefully you can see the directions on the photo but basically along the 10" length score on the 1/2", 3.5", 6.5" and 9.5" marks. Along the 4" side score a 1/2" in on both sides of the card.

Now cut a piece of Kraft card to measure 3" x 10" - score again along the 10" side at 1/2", 3.5", 6.5" and 9.5".

The next step is to take a dry brush and a small amount of paint, in this case I used Dylusions Paint in Vibrant Turquoise (the 2nd cube was painted in DecoArt Americana 'Indian Turquoise'). When painting the Kraft card, just make it patchy/random. Once the paint is dry, construct in to the cube shape. I then inked all the edges with docrafts Artiste Pigment Ink in Chocolate. I flicked white gesso over every side of the cube.

I then glued down bits of fine mesh material on the top and the 4 sides around the cube. I stamped images from the New Retro Beach set in brown ink on to more Kraft card - I did a bit of decoupaging with a couple of the main image to give them more interest. I inked some wording on to pink card, trimmed them out and added them to the piece as well as die cutting some words which are by Sizzix/Tim Holtz.

I did do a little bit of stamping directly on to the cube before adding all the stamped images - I just took the stamp in my hand and did it randomly, just to add a little more interest.

Thanks for popping by the blog today and taking a peek - I do hope giving my template has inspired someone to go and make an ATB!

To find the stamps used for these ATB's, please visit the Rubber Dance web shop


Thank you so much, Paula! I love everything beach and sea themed, and your ATBs are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your template with us, that's so kind of you.
I hope you'll come back as a guest designer another time as well.
Till then - be good and keep stampin'! :)

PS: If anyone missed Paula's first post, here it is.


  1. Fabulous ATBs Paula! Love the beachy theme & thanks for sharing the template.

    Lesley Xx

  2. Great ATB's Paula
    Amanda x

  3. Fabulous ATB!! thanks for sharing template

  4. Lovely Paula, love that pop of pink. Tracy x

  5. Super work Paula - I love this colour palette.

  6. These are gorgeous Paula...I love using ATBs...I usually use all wood, but I am going to have a go at these as you have made a template to share...
    Love those stamps too, just ordered mine,lol...x

  7. Wonderful... wow. So lovely. You did the stamps proud Paula :) j.

  8. Gorgeous cubes! I would love to make some up but paper engineering has a habit of tripping me up...

  9. Wow! These are gorgeous, Paula!!!

  10. Fabulous Paula- love the colours- love the ideas of the cubes. Beautiful stamp set too!

  11. These are lovely. Thanks for the template. Hugz

  12. What an awesome artist trading block. Great work!!!


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