Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All About ATC's

Today's topic is ATC's or Artist's Trading Cards. ATC's are 3.5 x 2.5 inch cards that artists create with any type of media they like. ATC's can be painted, rubber stamped, covered in collage, mixed media, etc. If it will fit on a 3.5 by 2.5 inch piece of paper then it works. There are groups that meet and trade, there are online trading sites or you can simply trade with your friends. The only catch is that these cards have to be traded, not sold. I have been making them for a few years off and on, but recently I have been making lots of them. I try to make sets of 9 as my album has page protectors with 9 slots. Here are some examples of the ATC's I have created recently. Enjoy and if you want to trade, let me know.


"Cameo" set of 4

"Back of Fashion" set of 5

"Advice" set of 4

"Water Nymphs" set of 9

"Beaded Fragments" set of 9

"Beaded Fragments" detail. I made the Greek statue fragment with collaged papers that I tore into the body shape. I then applied glue and clear micro beads to give it some sparkle. I stamped the background with "Greeking" text and Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen and used the inks on the edges too.

Detail of "Water Nymphs" using Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen again with his marble paper stamp. The image was stamped on a glossy photograph of my family in blue rain ponchos that we wore on the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls.