The recent items shortcode works with IDs. To see the IDs easier see this help:

http://help.wprentals.org/2015/10/28/how-to-see-ids/

The shortcode is listed in visual composer or in the wordpress editor.

The shortcode options for blog posts are exemplified in this screenshot.

blog-posts

For design options you can choose to show a list of posts with or without space between cards.

blog