Friday, August 3, 2018

ATCoin Swap: Concord & 9th Meets The Walking Dead

I participated in an Artist Trading Coins Swap last month with my Facebook Community Group (feel free to join).

At first I was thinking I'd do a classic, mixed media trading coin like the ones I like to look at online.

Oh - and if you don't know what an Artist Trading Coin is - it's just like an Artist Trading Card, except it's done on a 2.5" circle. So our community group decided to have two swaps - a 1 for 1 swap where we just sent one coin, and a full swap where we sent 17 and got 17 back.

So anyway, I had this Concord & 9th set of heads sitting on my desk that I had planned to make birthday cards with - I had stamped them with my local buddies a few weeks before. And maybe it was just having a pile of heads on my desk that led me to my eventual inspiration - and that was to stick the heads on some black and white comics I had in my "use this book in your art" pile.

The first one was a Walking Dead comic. Yes, I can hear people freaking out about me cutting up a Walking Dead comic book, to which I say - WHATEVER. :) This is way better. The one in the bottom row with the zombie coming for the deer cracks me up. I also had a Dilbert one in a GIANT book I have on the history of comics, which could not have been more perfect. I have a link to the exact comic I used and the book below

I laughed like a crazy person every time I put a head down on a page and it worked perfectly! I'm still laughing, actually.

So here they are! Hee hee....

Walking Dead & Concord & 9th Artist Trading Coin Swap by Understand Blue

Furry Friends BUNDLE - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 | SSS | SSS ]
Circle Infinity Dies (H)
[ HA | ELH | CST ]
50 cardboard circles die cuts blank...
[ ETS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Wild...
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Blue...
[ GNK | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad-...
[ GNK | SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | JGG | CRF ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | CRF | JGG ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | JGG | CRF ] Walking Dead #35 1st...
The Comics: Since 1945: Brian Walker:...
[ AMZUS ] Homgaty 450 Pockets...
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]

The back, I did make a little more arty. I blended  Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers oxide inks on cardstock I glued to the circles, and splashed water on them before stamping them. 

Distress Oxide Artist Trading Coins by Understand Blue
I cut my top papers with the Circle Infinity dies, which just happen to have a 2.5" die in them - YAY! As for the base of the circles - I cut some from chipboard and glued two pieces together to make them sturdy - but then my friend Tandra found some thicker ones you can just buy on Etsy, so I did that.
You can put these in ATC pocket pages or make an accordion book for them. We do have a new swap opening in my group right now, so if you join, check the events tab for details.



  1. This looks like a lot of fun!!! I love the idea of ATCoin! Your coins are a hoot! It is always interesting to see the direction a pile on our desk will take us!

  2. Genius! Comicbook - Somicbook, cut them up, its for ART, I can say that being a deadhead TWD fan... and Thanks for sharing this inspiration with us.. Love the backsides too, Oxide Inks are the bomb! Must check out those fabby heads of Concord and 9th. Great job Lydia. xoxo. Gail

  3. These are hilarious! Now - what do the Concord and 9th designers think? LOL!

  4. How! Stinkin'! Cute! Are! These! Animal! Heads!? I'm yelling that at you, Lydia! I love these guys - how fun! Your buttons are adorable!

  5. I used to do ATC swaps on swap-bot. Haven't had much time for crafty stuff in recent years besides the occasional birthday card and Christmas cards every couple years. I would love to try these and also get back into the cards.

  6. I laughed like a crazy person when I opened mine! I knew EXACTLY who created it 😂😂💜💜💜 yay on cutting up “gasp” books..... I didn’t commit a Nancy Drew crime 😊

  7. Lydia, these are absolutely amazing and so fun and creative! I'm a huge TWD fan and I love these!


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