Jun 06 2017

How to Make Artist Trading Cards

Anything Goes

Here are the rules for artist trading cards:

  1. Card must be 3 1/2″ by 2 1/2″

That’s it. As long as the art fits in the 3.5 x 2.5 inch space, it’s an artist trading card (ATC). An ATC is like a trading card for artists. Sometimes they are created to be traded, but other times they are created just for the fun of it.

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You can design an ATC with paints, Sharpies, watercolors, inks, stamps, natural materials, glitter, ribbon,fabric, paper, pencil, pen, photos. Really, whatever you have on hand can be used to make an ATC. You can use cardstock, paper, magazine covers or pages, index cards, old calendars, or anything else as the card you are going to art up. You can also purchase precut ATCs.

I find that the easiest way to create a card is to think of a theme and then gather some materials that fit the theme. Once I have my materials, I start cutting and placing until I have a design I want. When I’m satisfied with the design, I start gluing. I use a glue stick, a white glue, or E6000, depending on the material I’m using.

June 2017 ATC A Day Challenge

This 30-second video shows some of the cards I’ve been making for an ATC challenge I’m participating in. Take a look and get inspired. Make some ATCs and post photos to social media with the #atc hashtag. And tag me @candylandurbanfarm on Facebook or @amyjogarner on Instagram so I can like your work!

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