What are artist trading cards?
Artist trading cards or ATCs are miniature cards of art, measuring two and a half inches by three in a half inches. Each piece of art must be this size, otherwise, it’s not classified as an artist trading card. Artists use their preferred media, to create ATCs and trade them with other artists, around the world.
How do I create an artist trading card?
Most online group swaps are open to all media and materials, as long as the card can fit into a standard trading card sleeve. Include your information on the back of the card, such as, your name, date and title of the artwork. Most of the time, ATCs are traded, not sold. Cards that are sold by the artist are called, Art Card Editions and Originals. (ACEO)
How do I trade Cards?
You can search online for an in-person swap in your area, find an online group, or organize your own. There are several websites for online swaps. I have participated in monthly swaps on Craftster, however, they have a number of rules in place, to ensure the swap runs smoothly and successfully. I have also swapped cards with women in Flickr ATC groups. Both of these websites require a free membership. Trading internationally is a lot of fun, but you could run into customs issues, if your card is mailed in anything but a flat standard envelope. There is also a higher chance of it getting lost. Be prepared to make more cards and deliver again. I stopped trading across boarders because of the cost.
The majority of my ATC assortment features my favorite things, made especially for me, such as, butterflies, Peter Pan (captain hook) and the galaxy. Other cards have been chosen by me, from looking through photos of artist’s collections, on Flickr. They have been delivered to me, from countries including, Canada, Germany, Thailand, Australia and The Netherlands.
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