What are Artist Trading Cards?
Artist Trading Cards are small pieces of art, designed to be swapped, never sold. They are always 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches , or, 89 mm × 64 mm. I usually call them by their abbreviation eg. ATCs. On the back of the card I put my details such as my name and email address. Then, I try to think of a good title for the design, but, you don’t have to give it a name. If it is part of a set, then I will also give it a number. Importantly, I write the date I created the piece on the back of the card too. I really should use my date stamp for this!
Some ATCs I made recently
I have made a gallery of a few of the Artist Trading Cards that I designed recently – you can click on each picture to see more 🙂
I made all the backgrounds with my Gel Press printing plate and I stamped the images. I used coffee stamps from The Works and some other stamps from my stash, but I don’t know what brand the others are.
The inspiration for the coffee ones came from coffee shop loyalty cards. When I created the flower trellis I didn’t plan to put the flower stamp on; I made the background and then had the idea to use that stamp. Again, with the peacock, the background happened and then I thought about what stamp I could put with it.
Why Make ATCs?
Artist Trading Cards can be a good warm up to making larger projects. You can experiment with different colours and techniques in a fun way that you can share with others.
Some of my ATCs find their way into my #snailmail, and some become card toppers, because it can actually be quite difficult to find people to swap with.
If you need inspiration then Pinterest is such a great place to look. I think that the ATCs I see pinned there are incredibly detailed, and I find it hard to believe that they are miniatures.
Please let me know in the comments, which of mine is your favourite?
Thanks for reading 🙂