Monday, January 14, 2008

The Scoop on ATC's - Artist Trading Cards

Created by Kathy Rossiter

I've been doing a lot of research on the ATC (Artist Trading Card) and I wanted to share with you all about these interesting pieces of art!

Created by Kathy Rossiter

On the WTCA am radio 1050 website I found the following excerpt: "Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) are miniature works of art on card stock. They are self produced and anyone can make them. Artist Trading Cards are not to be sold. They can be found in every medium and style. Artistic trading cards date back to the 16th century and were mostly portraits. They were the first wallet photos. French artists were the first to use these cards as advertisements; however, in the 1800s their popularity blossomed in the hands of the English. By that time, the impressionists were doing miniature works of art which they traded among themselves in order to study each others different styles. By the 1960’s card sizes were standardized. The cards traded today are 2.5x3.5."

(Created by: Juliet Arrighi, Sandy McQueen,Allison Blazek, Pat Reeves, Nancie Wood, Kira Buswell, Jami Adankus andShawnaLee Jessiman)

So they actually have been around for quite some time. I was surprised to find this out.

Here are a few ATC Gallery's for you to look through:

Kathy Rossiter's Picture Trail Gallery
Stampers Mall - ATC Gallery
Utes Trolls

So here is the skinny
Size is: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Anything else goes

Here is a webgroup for ATC's - Yahoo's Artist Trading Cards Group

So with all this knowledge I'm opening up a Blog ATC Swap. If your new to ATC's and would like an environment to get in on these little beauties this is your opportunity.

Swap Details

Title: ATC

Size: 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Theme: Anything Goes

Qty: Make 10

Due Date: Friday, February 8th

Ok, now who wants to play?


gretchenhs said...

I want to give the swap a try. I've never made them but have always enjoyed looking at them.

Vanessa VanderHyde said...

Hi Nina, I would love to be a part!

Anonymous said...

I have done only a few ATC's before. Would love to do more.
Betsy Hawkins