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Non-paper ATC Swap

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Non-paper ATC Swap
Swap Coordinator:ShandaPanda (contact)
Swap categories: Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:68
Last day to signup/drop:March 1, 2009
Date items must be sent by:April 1, 2009
Number of swap partners:1

This is an INTERNATIONAL swap for an ATC that contains absolutely NO paper.

You can choose any medium you like that is not paper.

For example: fabric, felt, metal, wood, yarn, plastic, polymer clay...

You will send 1 ATC to 1 partner.

Must have at least a 4.9 rating and NO no-sends in the last 6 months. I will angel this if I need to.

Feel free to write questions as I will be checking back here frequently (I have a swap-bot addiction!).

Have fun and let's get inspired!


mystmaiden 02/ 2/2009 #

No card stock backing to keep it firm either?

ShandaPanda 02/ 2/2009 #

I guess as long as the cardstock is only on the back and is completely non-visible it is okay.

mystmaiden 02/ 5/2009 #

Thanks ShandaPanda, I think I can manage without the cardstock though - I have an idea!

schipygirl 02/13/2009 #

Thank you for doing this!!! I'm a quilter at heart and most of my ATC's I send are fabric based. I'd love to get some back!

natashaf 02/21/2009 #

Thanks for letting me join panda :)

yarnpunk 02/26/2009 #

For anyone that might not be too sure about making a non-paper ATC may I suggest fusing plastic grocery sacks, produce netting and other plastic food wrappers between parchment with a medium hot iron for some very interesting effects!

yarnpunk 02/26/2009 #

I hope you will do this swap again as one partner just doesn't seem like enough! :)

Saulute 02/28/2009 #

To make it sturdy you can get a very stiff felt in the craft stores really inexpensive -like 60 cents a sheet, which would be enough for many atcs- then no paper is required at all.

ladydy5 02/28/2009 #

yarnpunk, excellent idea. Going to try it now.

twobluecrows 02/28/2009 #

There is also plastic canvas which is great inside a fabric ATC, stiffness and flexibility and no paper at all!


auntjudy 02/28/2009 #

The picture looks wonderful. Can I ask what they were made from? Judy

evieroz 03/ 1/2009 #

What about shrinky dink? But what size do you start out with to make it atc size when shrunk? Does anyone know w/o me having to experiment and waste a lot of my shrinky dink? Thanks Evelyn

CreatedByWendy 03/ 1/2009 #

I did this once before. And once again I'll be using leather. If anyone had an aversion to leather let me know.

As for the Shrinky dink, it usually shrinks by 40%. Best way to figure it out is to take a thin strip of shrinky dink and mark off inches them shrink it. Go from there. it may take a little math but you should be able to figure it out. I've always had a problem with it shrinking square, it always warps, I gave up.

I've also made ATC size frames out of foil and melted pony beads inside of it. you can drop shrinky dink shapes, or metal charms into it half way through the melting process. I suggest using an old toaster oven outside to do it since it smells.

ShandaPanda 03/ 1/2009 #

Yarnpunk: Now that I see we made it into the top 10 I think I will definitely host this one again! Judy: Thanks! The ATC's in the image on the top are metal roof tiles with alcohol inks. I bend the edges over so they wouldn't be sharp.

I love all the great ideas everyone! Thanks for joining! I am thrilled to see my first public swap in the top 10.

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