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Artist Trading Cards - ATC's

Updated on September 13, 2014

What is An Artist Trading Card?

An Artist Trading Card (known as an ATC) is a Tiny piece of Art that Artists swap with each other or give as gifts.The one rule that makes an ATC derives from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64 x 89mm. They are basically the size of an ordinary playing card.You can choose what ever kind of Art you create as your ATC. Usually the Art is created on some card stock cut to the correct size and then the Art is made on the top of that.I sometimes Like to do the actual art on another piece of paper or fabric and then glue it to the card so that you cant see any beading thread that you have used.The back of the ATC has the Artists Name and address and emails and website on it.I will go into more detail further on in this page.I hope you enjoy this lens!I have included some of my own Artist Trading Card images on this page for your enjoyment.

1,000 Artist Trading Cards

1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs
1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs

A truly excellent crafting book which can jump-start any crafter's lull in creativity. I am in awe of all the different ATCs that were sent in to the author, who then put together this beautiful, and thick work of art.


One Of My Artist Trading Cards

One Of My Artist Trading Cards
One Of My Artist Trading Cards

Great Books if You Want To Make an Artist Trading Card

Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap
Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap

Techniques and Inspiration for Creating and Sharing Artist Trading Cards *First how-to book on the market, providing both instruction and ideas *Topic speaks to a range of crafters, including memory artists, papercrafters, metal workers, quilters, and more *Features contributions from top-name artists for star-power appeal A world-wide phenomenon, Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are the rage among all types of creatives. With this book, readers wil...


Make someones Day! Send them an Artist Trading Card that you made.

What Types Of Materials Are Used For These Artist Trading Cards?

I think the Atc's could be put into three basic groups.a: Those with Textilesb: Those with Paperc: Those with three dimensional elements.Its really up to the artist what she decided to use, many of these cards are mini collages.Some of them are sewn using free machine embroidery, yarns and lace.And then others are mainly paper made up of handmade papers, stamping, and embossing.I like to use a Gold Leafing Pen to finish off the edges of my own ATC'sI had a lovely experience when visiting a very prolific Artist friend in New Zealand. I was sitting in her lounge room chatting to her when I looked down beside me there was a pretty basket filled to the brim with Artist Trading Cards that she had made.I was thrilled to see them all and couldn't help checking them all out. She said "Take a Few" and I did. I thought that was a lovely gesture and posted off a few of my own to her when I got home.I have lovely memories of that day.

Making Artist Trading Cards

How to Make an Artist Trading Card?

10 steps to make an ATC

OK I will give you some simple instructions to get you going.1: Cut some card stock to the required size. I usually make a template to trace around because it makes it all so much easier. Or you could do the background on some watercolor paper and then trace around your template and cut out many ATC's2: Paint over the card with a couple of you favorite Watercolor paints. Let it dry.3: As an alternative you could glue some scrap booking paper over the board as a background.4: Glue on a small piece of metallic fabric, a mesh would be great.5: Cut out a couple tiny pictures from a magazine and make a collage with them on top of the mesh.6: Poke a hole in the board at the b0ttom corner and thread and tie some metallic threads and yarn though the hole and trim .7: Glue on a small metal charm or embellishment.8: Draw around the edges of the card with a gold Leafing pen to finish it off.9: Don't forget to sign your little work of art.10: Finish off the back of the card nicely and add your details to it.Thats all there is to it, try one, I bet you enjoy it..........BUt a word of WARNING.these are very addictive once you start!~


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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      Neat and compact information. Thanks for including one of my YT videos

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      penelitiantindakankelasptk 5 years ago

      okey very good

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      I've never made them although I've thought about it everytime I see them in the store. Thanks for sharing, inspired me to try one or two...:)RWJR

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      kriskeese 6 years ago

      I love atc's. It is just like having a miniature piece of art. An interesting idea to do one a day.

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      fotolady49 lm 6 years ago

      I've been wanting to try making these. Thanks for the inspiration! Nice lens!

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I had never heard of artist trading cards before - how fascinating. I love the photo of one of your cards - it's beautiful - you are very talented

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      SilverLotus1 7 years ago

      Nice to see a lens about artist trading cards!

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      Pat Moire 7 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Great information about ATCs, thanks. You can find photographs and more information about ATC and trading card collecting supplies at dotpattern - the digital museum of collecting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've been thinking about trading my card collection for some large wall clocks. I dont really collect much anymore, but I love the style of these large clocks. I don't know. Will i regret this? What do you think?

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      AlmaStoller 8 years ago

      This is another fantastic lens.Alma