Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s)

Calling all craft bunnies.

If you are not already busy making and swapping ATCs then consider doing it as a great fun way of learning about new craft techniques and getting inspiration from fellow crafters and artists. They don’t take long to make and the more you make the more you can swap and the more you swap the more you learn!

Q) What are Artist Trading Cards?

A) ATC’s are miniature works of art measuring 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm

Q) Must all ATC’s be that size?

A) Yes, your ATC must be this size.

Q) How do you make an ATC?

A) Your card can be made from any medium such as paper and cardstock using inks and stamps, embellishments, paints and any bits and pieces you think you can use to create your minature masterpiece.  They can be as intricate or as simple as you like.


Q) What do I do with my ATC’s when I have finished them?

A) Well, you can keep your cards if you can’t bear to let them go, but the idea is to swap them with other ATC creators at ATC hubs (usually craft shops or at special ATC workshops and gatherings). The cards should be swapped and not bought or sold.


Q) How do people know who has created the card?

A) The reverse of your ATC should contain some information about you and your work. Templates are available on line to download and some companies also sell bespoke stamps which you can design yourself if you plan to get into ATC trading “big time” but at around £20 they can be costly. If you print your own backing sheet I recommend that you include the following details on the back of your ATC;

Header: Artist Trading Card

Title: The title of your work (or what inspired its creation)

Artist: Your name

Date: The date the ATC was created

Contact details: (email address is usually provided)

This is just a brief introduction to the world of ATCs but you can be assured that much more will follow! I’m hooked and as I also travel a lot it is the perfect craft activity to carry around with me.



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