Sunday, August 26, 2018


I've been spotting these little coins pop up around various  social media and when Retro Cafe Art Gallery got them in their shop, I knew I had to try my hand at some. They are 2/5 inches in size. You can make your own, there is a good video on YouTube by Crafty Hodges or if you plan to make "a few" like I did (112 to be exact), you can purchase them already punched out on 1/16" acid free chipboard over at Retro Cafe Art Galley and there is a limited edition kit that also comes with stencils the same size as the coins. 
The Artist Trading Coins are meant as little works of art to trade with other artists. I love that idea of a stack of coins with works from different artists. The back side is where you would put your information. I recently had new business cards made and when I saw these coins, I knew immediately  how I was going to incorporate them into my business. So I got to work and ordered a bunch of bases from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I mean you can't go wrong at 8 for 1.99.
Once I started making them it was addiction and love at first sight.  Once I created all the backs and added the labels, I was ready to move on to the front side.

I designed all the backs first and created a label to add to the center that had my name and my Etsy shop link on it. 

When I am creating a lot of something, I tend to use an assembly line method. This keeps me going and excited to get on to the next level.


 I Starting with backgrounds first on all of them, and then I was left with my favorite part of the project, adding images. Aside from my own arsenal of images, I am always so grateful for the "Creationships" in my life that make these wonderful images for artists to play with. 

After all the images were added, I went back and added outlines, marks and extra paint color where I felt it was needed.
 Last of all, I added gold paint to the edges, I mean what is coin without a little gold on it? For me, personally it gave each coin that finished touch.

Happily, no, I was actually ecstatically happy to have joined in on the fun of making these Art Trading Coins. I plan to include mine with my business card to those who purchase from my Etsy shop. It's like a little extra business card - on a coin.

Additionally, I will send one to anyone who "buys a watermelon" for Tarra (my adopted Ellie) on my blog (top right hand corner). Those donations go to support the Ellies at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Each donation received will get an Artist Coin. Just leave a comment on this blog that you donated and email me your address.
I will also be having a sweet give away in the next day or so on Instagram (and posted here) so keep an eye out for that coming soon with some of the Artist Trading Coins and some of Aroma Tea Bags.

If you haven't tried these coins, they are a total blast to make and a great way to swap information and art with other creatives and friends or they make a great tool for advertising your Etsy shop or business.

Are you counting your coins yet?
Happy Creating,

Some of the images used on my coins were created by these amazing artists:

Coins and images found at:
Retro Cafe Art Gallery- Coins & Images
TumbleFish Studio - Marsha Jorgensen
Crowabout Studio B- Nancy Baumiller
Rae Missigman
Tim Holtz
Dina Wakley
Kelli May Krenz
Paper Whimsy


  1. Kim these are fabulous! I love the idea of these and recently have cut a bunch from chipboard to get busy with. The images are beautiful above your colorful backgrounds. The idea to incorporate the business card designs on the back is super! Lovely art!

  2. So fun Kim. I love them all and am inspired to go finish some of mine......perhaps. :)

  3. Oh these would be fun but I don’t have all my stuff here - helping my mom out in Oz

  4. oMGosh Such a fun post Kim!! Your coins are fabulous and I am sure you are going to start something with these!
    I love each and everyone of your little pieces of art!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  5. Just LOVE all of your creations! Can't wait to get my own ATcoin by you! Sent snacks for Tarra so that I can have one. <3 ~Rachel

  6. I see you have be4en bitten by the coin bug so many others have. You are not alone. Many of my European friends are exchanging them. Even though I have a 2.5" punch, I can't seem to get into them. Yours are fantastic, though. I'm super impressed.

  7. These are SO fabulous! A feast for the eyes!!!

  8. Love your coins. Thank you for your continued inspirations.

  9. Love love, love. Thank you for your continued inspirations. And thank you for the opportunity to win your fabulous prizes.

  10. They are so joyful! I love working small and smaller and have been learning to make inchies. These are so compelling to try.

  11. These are so cool! Such a fun ATC change....get it? LoL :)

  12. Oh my!! Yummerz! Some of the links that you shared are broken

  13. Hi Kim! These are all so gorgeous and fun! Loving your tea bag creativity as well. Would put me over the moon to win your amazing prize. Blessings and thank you, xoxoxo


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