Thursday, August 28, 2014

Artist Trading Cards: A MSA Post

Art journaling can encompass so many different sorts of pages. Today I thought I'd share a little bit about artist trading cards (or ATCs). Creating an artist trading card can be the perfect solution when you are looking for a quick little burst of creativity. Of course, they can be as complex as you want them to be, so you can also take a lot of time and add in a bunch of interesting layers to create your cards. The only real "rule" is that they are supposed to be the size of a playing card 2x5" by 3x5". Otherwise, the sky is the limit.
Here is a little tutorial for physical ATCs, by Whitney Crafts, but you can always apply the same methods to digital ATCs (without the mess).

Deviant Scrap has ATC swaps/challenges that take place from time to time. That was where I first dipped my toe into digital ATCs. You simply sign up to participate in the swap, you are matched with another artist, and you swap completed digital images at the end. These are a few examples of the ATCs from Deviant Scrap.
by dustbunny

by scrapsandsass

by sfasser

hybrid ATC by bockel24

by switzz

Deviant Scrap also has a lot of fun ATC-themed products.

Scrapbookgraphics also has some members who frequently use ATCs as their canvas of choice in the digital scrap world. SBG also has a special section of the gallery dedicated to ATCs.
Here is a lovely card from the SBG gallery.
Design by Tina
And now at Scrapbookgraphics, Sissy Sparrows has released a kit that is full of fun things for creating ATCs.

With some lovely examples by Jules.
by Jules
Jules 2
by Jules
Jules 3
by Jules
Jules 4
by Jules

And of course, Flickr has a ton of different ATC groups... including one for digital cards. I saw these and fell in love with them.
by Daniel Mrgan
by Daniel Mrgan

So maybe this weekend you can try your hand at making some ATCs. Whether you do them digitally or hybrid, we'd love to see anything you come up with.

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