Have you ever wondered what an ATC is? Heard people mention them, but never took the plunge? Well, the girls at the shop have been having some fun recently with a swap amongst themselves, and wanted to share. But before I treat you to some fabulous papercrafted eyecandy, a little bit about ATC's.
ATC is a short way of saying "Artist Trading Card". Generally, it is a small piece of art measuring 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", or approximately 6.5cm x 9cm for us metric girls. ATC cards can be created using just about any media you can imagine, from paints to paper, inks to pencil - the sky is the limit!
When a formal swap is organised, each member creates the same number of cards as people in the swap, including themselves. These are then numbered and swapped with other members of the group giving everyone a sample of each others work and artistic style. These are usually numbered, with a description and details on the back of the card. It is a fabulous way to get together with like minded people and enjoy each others work and creative expression.
The theme for our swap was that we had to use the colour BROWN, and we had to include a FLOURISH somewhere on our cards.
Tracey features a butterfly punched from a vintage book page on her card, adding a tiny paper clip on one wing. Her use of the stamped flourish creates the illusion of movement - so clever! And the depth of colour in her background is wonderful. Match it with a red stamped sentiment and white embossed edging around the card and this is a fabulous ATC.