Thursday, January 31, 2008

Artist Trading Cards

I joined an Artist Trading Card Swap for the year. Every month will be a different theme. This month's theme is Valentine's Day. What is an Artist Trading Card or ATC for short?

Many stampers and scrapbookers find the ATC to be a great way to show off their talent in a little space. They are quick and easy to make. Also, because of its size, 10 ATCs can be made from one standard 8.5" X 11" piece of cardstock.

Although artists have been trading artist cards for years, trading modern ATCs was popularized in 1997 in Zurich, Switzerland when M. Vänçi Stirnemann started trading among other artists within their circle. What is different about the ATC is its unique size. ATCs always measure 2.5" X 3.5".

Making an ATC is easy! The first step is to prepare the base of your ATC. The base is cardstock cut to a size of 2.5" X 3.5". A template for cutting ATCs can be found here. Then you use your creativity to complete it!

Try your hand at it! Once you try it, you might get addicted to them.

Stamp Sets: Priceless, Holidays & Wishes
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Piercing Tool, Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

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