ATCs are Artist Trading Cards. Well, that’s not super helpful. How about this? They are little works of art that artists and crafters make for one another. They are typically the size of baseball trading cards (2.5″ x 3.5″) but sometimes a person can request a larger size (e.g., like a Project Life (we’ll discuss that in a future blog post if I ever get around to doing PL) card size 3.5″ x 4.5″). The back usually includes the following (along with other things such as favorite color or crafting style, if requested): the artist’s name (YT name, if applicable), title of the piece, edition (e.g., 1 of 3), a signature, and the date created.
I’ve recently made a few, each unique (sometimes an artist will make the same ATC multiple times and number them). One was for a Youtube friend, Jeni (YT: ScrapinJeni), who loves Mickey Mouse. I started with a zentangle (i.e., fancy doodle) that was gifted to me by my friend, Judy (YT: JuJu Pem) and colored it up with gelatos to create a colorful background. Then I used pieces of a small puzzle from the dollar store that had Mickey on it and surrounded him with various brightly colored acrylic flowers and bling of every shade of the rainbow.
Another one I made was for a Canadian friend, Theresa (YT: CraftinmommaML), who wanted to get to know her subbies better and asked them to make a card that represented them. On first glance, you’ll think, “What?! Is CraftyPaws a blonde?” The answer is “no;” however, when I was young I wanted to be a blonde and I used a digi from WickedDesignsbyBrenda who was dressed like a girl from the 80s and it got me to thinking about what I was like as a teen. Silliness ensued and the result was this ATC.
When I made these I forgot to take pictures so please check out the following YT videos:
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