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Do you ATC?

Do you ATC? An ATC are artist trading cards. A tiny piece of art that is 2.5″ by 3.5″ (that’s the same size as a standard playing card) that are meant to be traded and never sold. Those are pretty much the only rules. You can use anything to make your card: paper, paint, ink, stamps, stickers, ephemera, photos, fabric, ribbons, anything. On the back you put your name, title of the piece, and if its part of a series, then the series number. Craftster has a whole board of different people’s atcs. Some are for trade, some are not.

I tried to get into making them, and the few that I made I did like. But it took me so long to make one! I am the most indecisive crafter.

So here are the few that I created.

“Gone Baby Gone”. This was my first ATC. The image came from a book of old photographs. I used 4 different scraps of scrapbooking paper for the background. And then mulberry paper over the top right corner. I inked the edges with brown ink and stamped the words. The words are lyrics (sort of) from a violent femmes song (warning that’s a YouTube link)! The actual lyrics are gone daddy gone, but I liked mine better for this purpose.

After the first ATC, I did a limited series of 4 love quotes atcs. (That makes it sound way more fancy then it actually is).

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” I printed the quote on mulberry paper and used 2 different paper scraps for the background. I cut the hearts using my sizzix machine from 2 different red scraps of paper. I then used a crimping machine for the big heart. Add a little bit of inking to it, and bam! It’s done. Sorry the next one is a bit blurred.

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Quote is again printed on mulberry paper. The flower is from a patterned paper. I cute a circle from different paper and used pop dots to make it pop out. I added some doily paper thing underneath the flower and inked the doily a little bit.

It’s kinda redundant to keep explaining these, so I’ll just post the photos of the last two.

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven”

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

So, those are my only attempts at ATC’s to date. They are a great way to use up little bits and pieces. And god knows, I am not one to throw out a tiny piece of paper that maybe, one day, eventually, I might just want to use. I may try again someday. I think I will try again someday. It’s a fun little process, I do love playing with paper. I don’t really have a purpose for these. I have not tried to trade them. I just kinda have them stored away. Maybe I should make a whole bunch and display them?

If you make ATCs, what do you do with them? Do you trade them? Do you become attached to yours and cannot let them go?

One Response

  1. If anyone would like to know more about artist trading cards and their history, or how to make artist trading cards, they may also be interested in a couple of articles that I’ve written.

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