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ATC swap for busy beginners

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Swap Coordinator:nessa (contact)
Swap categories: Art 
Number of people in swap:34
Last day to signup/drop:December 26, 2006
Date items must be sent by:January 31, 2007
Number of swap partners:1

an ATC swap where you only send 1 to 1 partner so that you don't get bogged down with too much stuff to do: Artist trading cards are 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches, and should be flat enough to slide into a standard trading card sleeve. whatever materials are fine.

from wikipedia: Only a few true rules apply to modern Artist Trading Cards:

The dimensions of the card must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 x 89 mm). The cards must be traded rather than bought or sold. The artist of the card should sign and date their cards, and number them if they are part of an edition. Contact information can also be included so other artists can get to know them and their work. (Some artists like to make a personal calling card with a self portrait on the front and contact information and anything else they'd like to include on the back, to give out with their trades.) Artist Trading Cards are typically made on a base of card stock. However, ATCs have been created on metal, stiffened fabric, plastic, clay, balsa wood, leather, embroidery canvas, acetate, heavy watercolor paper, and many other materials. Various techniques are then applied to the chosen substrate: collage, textile arts, assemblage, digital art, calligraphy, beadwork, watercolors, rubber stamps, carved soft block stamps, pen and ink, colored pencil, airbrush, and many others. The back of the card typically includes the artist's signature, the date, and sometimes the number (if the card is part of an edition or series), and title. If part of an organized swap, it is common for people to add the name of the swap and sometimes the name of the swap host.


user4063 12/12/2006 #

You need to fix your sent by date! It shows 2006! :)

nessa 12/12/2006 #

thanks :) I am such a space cadet sometimes

FingersInc 12/13/2006 #

I'm not an ATC beginner, but I don't think the recipient will mind, and I like helping "newbies" feel good about sending out their beginning creations. since we were/are all "newbies" at some point.

user5211 12/14/2006 #

I have never even seen one of these cards. So I have a couple questions. First, do you decorate both sides? What do most people start with when making these? If I think of anything else, I will let you know. I am thinking of doing this, but need some answers first.

nessa 12/16/2006 #

I was only going to do one side but I think either way you want to do it is fine. I looked it up on Wikipedia & I'll put their "atc rules" up

Melony 12/18/2006 #

I am so new to ATC's, but I've been wanting to try my hand at them. I just wanted to be reassured that they don't have to have 'perfect' art on them. Because no matter how hard I try somethings don't turn out perfect. :)

Mel 12/19/2006 #

That's the beautiful thing about 'art' cards - art is NEVER perfect - otherwise, it would be mass-produced! All art is beautiful in some way, because it's made by hand. I'm sure whatever you send will be wonderful. And once you get started making these, and realize that whatever you do is great, then you will be HOOKED. Trust me.

moodytuner 12/19/2006 #

I spent many years being frustrated and not expressing my artistic self because I couldn't draw a person that looked like a person, or, paint a tree that looked like a tree. My wife finally told me that in order for something to be art, all that was required was that I enjoyed creating it, and, at least one other person in the world appreciated what I did. There are lots of people out there in this world, surely one of them appreciates my art.

artzylady 12/20/2006 #

I am not a beginner but I'd love to trade cards with one.

user5338 12/21/2006 #

I am a newbie at ATC's and have signed up :) I look forward to working on an ATC. However the date must be sent by is Jan 31, but how do we get the addy to send to?

From what I have seen and read on the ATC's decorating the back is personal choice. All recommend the basic info on the back -- Title of card or trade, date, Card # (especially in a set/sequence), your real name & your online handle, and most seem to give an email addy as the contact. Is this what others are finding also?

user5338 12/21/2006 #

Never mind on the question about addy's. I just found the answer in the F.A.Q. section. Sorry, should have researched better first :(

gilligogs 12/22/2006 #

Is there a theme?

owl 12/26/2006 #

sharon ( owl lady)

Is there a theme? I love atc's and have signed up.

mouseybrat 01/ 7/2007 #

There doesn't appear to be a set theme.... just make one card for one partner.

deedeenet 01/11/2007 #

To Erinn

I hope this is the right swap that your card is from. I loved the pretty Christmas tree and how you made so whimsical. The colors are nice too!

moodytuner 01/12/2007 #


Cool ATC, it is beautiful. Clever use of origami on an ATC. I love it...............Don

user5338 01/15/2007 #

Ohjudy, Your ATC was to go out in the post today, but I forgot they was closed for the holiday, so will mail it tomorrow. KatzR2

gilligogs 01/16/2007 #

Moody Tuner, just got your ATC "Lemon Peeler" Love it. Many thanks

whimsier 01/17/2007 #

Jane (jbtmykids), I got your card in today's mail! Thank you so much! The card is wonderful; you underestimate yourself! Thank you for the notepad also. It was all so whimsical! Seems very artistic to me! whimsier (Star)

FingersInc 01/21/2007 #

I'm doing good ! I mailed mine off today. Hope my "person" likes it. can't wait to see what I get in the mail.

nessa 01/24/2007 #

I got mine, karra1, thank you :) I well be sending mine out tomorrow!

user5207 01/24/2007 #

I'm sending mine out towards Ohio tomorrow morning :)

cheekywabbit 02/ 1/2007 #

Deborah... I LOVE the card. You are way pass the beginners stage ,the card was great

mouseybrat 02/ 2/2007 #

mujeralborde..... did you receive my card? i sent it quite a while ago

user5338 02/ 2/2007 #

Is our swap partner that we send to the same partner who sends to us?

FingersInc 02/ 4/2007 #

KatzR2 The partner that you send to is NOT the same person that you receive from. ( I had this pointed out to me earlier, so many have the same question. ) Since I have done a few of these, I would like others to write on the outside of the envelope, or on a note inside what the ATC is for "ATC for Busy Beginners" You will find this helpful if you get a number of swaps in the mail!! Thanks Colleen

user5338 02/ 8/2007 #

Ah, thanks Colleen for clearing that up, I really appreciate it.

Purplemorgan your Time ATC arrived today :) Thank you for making my first Swap-bot swap a success :)

mouseybrat 02/ 8/2007 #

:-( i haven't received my card yet...

mouseybrat 02/10/2007 #

yippeee got my card today and it was wonderful

jbtmykids 02/10/2007 #

Thanks Star!

Milla 02/ 2/2008 #

I am a beginner when is the next swap?

LAMDZINE 10/27/2008 #

Hi Everyone

I'm brand new here - I've only participated in a few swaps and never with this group. Can someone explain what a "swap partner" is. The swaps I participated in, the host would just tell you how many you had to make and where to mail them. You would send them with the correct amount of postage for the return and then he/she would gather them all up and then send them out to who ever participated. If it was a mail-in swap, I would make between 10 and 15. If I went to a convention, it could be between 50 and ?????

Thanks for your help.

MissMcNece 11/23/2012 #

I'm new here, I'm looking for people to teach me how to do those... All I can do right now is to draw but I wanna do more eventually, putting things together and stuff... Hopefully someone would be willing to teach me and guide me through here.

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