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The Artists on the Block

by Amy Bowerman

Hey Everyone!  Exciting things are happening with Artist Trading Blocks!  The Artists on the Block are on the move and we have lots of fun things in store for you.  Today I’m sharing a peek at how to create a series of Artist Trading Blocks to display a fun message or theme in 3-D!  I also have breaking news about our CHA workshop and our fabulous sponsors…squee!

The Artists on the Block

Behold, the “Sizzix Like a Ninja” ATB collection!  The concept for this collection came about when we were packing up at the CHA summer show.  I was chatting with the Sizzix gang about the Artist Trading Blocks idea and mentioned that I had a Pinterest board “Sizzix Like a Ninja” (I pin Sizzix projects like a ninja too…click the link to check it out).  The idea hit me like a ton of “Blocks” to create a Sizzix like a Ninja ATB series…so I did :)

The Artists on the Block

The thing I love most about Artist Trading Blocks is that they are so easy to create and try new techniques on.  There is no right way to create ATB’s.  I used a mix of new and old supplies and techniques to create this Sizzix Star block.

The Artists on the Block

This Facebook “Like” block was created using techniques learned in CC102 and Tim’s über cool November Tag Chalking Technique .

The Artists on the Block

I used the same technique on the “A” block.  See what I mean about trying new techniques on ATB’s?  It’s super fun and when it’s all said and done you have a neat 3-D piece of art to display, give or trade.

The Artists on the Block

The ninja block is my absolute fave!  I just adore my ninja.  Did you notice his tiny nun chucks?  They are made from a paintbrush handle and scrap chain.  The blocks were made with embossed foil tape using a soon to be released set of Embossing Folders from Eileen Hull’s Cherished Collection.

Embossed foil tape on ATB’s is one of my favorite techniques thus far.  Just wait till you try it…I’m sure you will love it too!  If you can’t wait to get started creating ATB’s you can start using this Block Die from Eileen Hull now and then complete your collection in January when the new Block dies are released.

News For Artists on the Block


The Artists on the Block are now on Facebook and Twitter!  I’m still working on setting up our website but we will be up and running  real soon!  We will be celebrating the launch of ArtistsOnTheBlock.com with our first ever “Block Hop” with the ever fabulous Stencil Girl on December 11, 2013!  In the meantime follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all your ATB updates!

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There are still spots available in our Be an Artist on the Block Workshop at CHA.  Be sure to sign up before they are gone!  Everyone is excited about Artist trading blocks and we have teamed up with some of the coolest crafty companies for this workshop.  You will get to preview and work with Eileen’s new ATB dies before the release.  Plus, we will be teaching all kinds of ATB techniques using products from our fabulous sponsors!

Check out our sponsors for the Be an Artist on the Block Workshop by visiting their Facebook pages below and hit them with some “like”!

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Don’t worry if you can’t make the show.  We will be bringing Artist Trading Blocks techniques, tutorials, and more “block hops” home to you real soon at Artistsontheblock.com

Share your ATB creations with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Use the hashtag #TheATB so we can find you too :)

Can’t wait to see what you create!

Have an art in 3-D day!




{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Courtney K November 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

what awesome projects – love the ATB concept.
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2 Marjie Kemper November 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Super projects, Amy…. looking forward to playing along on December 11th!


3 Amy Bowerman November 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

Thanks Marjie! I can’t wait to see your spin on ATB’s. They are so much fun!



4 Audrey Pettit November 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

OMGosh, soooo adorable and so fabulous and soooooo unique and clever! You are amazing, my friend! Totally smiling over that ninja…..and his nunchucks? Brilliant!
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5 Amy Bowerman November 23, 2013 at 7:15 am

I love that Ninja Audrey he came out exactly as I pictured him in my head and I’m glad you like him too. The Ninja and the rest of the series are sitting above my cutting station for crafty motivation :)



6 Mary C. Nasser November 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

So looking forward to playing with these, too!! :)
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7 Linda Cain November 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I’m with Maria! We are ready to PLAY!!!
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8 Maria McGuire November 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Can’t wait to play with these Amy!


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