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Swap Coordinator:user9246 (contact)
Swap categories: Art  Artist Trading Card (ATC)  Newbie 
Number of people in swap:24
Last day to signup/drop:September 7, 2007
Date items must be sent by:September 21, 2007
Number of swap partners:5

Usually my ATC swaps require experience in ATC making and some have complained so now I am hosting this swap to give newbies a chance to exchange ATC's and learn. You will make 5 cards using anything you wish, about anything you wish in any style you wish and send 1 each to 5 partners. This will give you a chance to earn 5 ratings from just this one swap!

The only rule is, you must use at least 5 things on your ATC, no less! A couple of stickers on a card doesn't cut it. A painted background counts as one, or a picture counts, or 4 pictures on a painted background, or beads, lace, ribbons, hand drawn lines, string, etc..... be creative and put together a really nice card that you would love to get in return. (The cards in the image of this swap were among the first ones I made. The Geisha and dog cards have 5 items each and the Gemini card has 7 items. Just using this as an example)

EXPERIENCED ATC MAKERS WILL BE BANNED!!! This swap is for newbies only. If you have participated in more than 5 ATC swaps you will be banned! Ratings will be checked at the signup date so this swap is reserved for those that have just started making ATC's.


user9246 08/27/2007 #

Join and have fun! But remember, 5 things required on your card.... a painted background with magic marker lines is only 2!!! Be creative and decorate your cards!!! ;o)

dancingDog 08/27/2007 #

I've been wanting to try ATCs but waiting for a swap where my inexperience won't stick out like a sore thumb - thanks Marty!

user9246 08/28/2007 #

Try this link for more info on what an ATC is.


Melusine 09/ 4/2007 #

Hello Marty

This is both my first swap and my first making of ATCs.

How does this work - do I send the ATC to you or do you tell me to whom the ATCs should be sent?

PolkaDotandPinStripe 09/ 5/2007 #

What size card are we supposed to use? Can we use fabric as a medium? Can we use blank, pre-purchased cards and then decorate them?

PolkaDotandPinStripe 09/ 5/2007 #

SO, it is little, and we decorate it and send it?

user9246 09/ 5/2007 #

again, use this link to understand what an ATC is


user9246 09/ 5/2007 #

2 1/2" x 3 1/2"


user9246 09/ 5/2007 #

Hi all, after the signup deadline, partners will be assigned automatically so check back and see who you send to.

user9246 09/ 5/2007 #

for a great idea to see some nice ATC's do a google search for "artist trading card" and then click on "images"

or paste the following link in your browser


PolkaDotandPinStripe 09/ 5/2007 #

I love that Oriental Trading Co. sells the blank "artist trading cards" and matching "stamp" so newbies can just buy the kit and go from there. I get it now. This is tiny art to share with our fellow swap-bots. :)

halfwaythere 09/ 7/2007 #

I just made my first ATC yesterday :) I had to pull it out and count what I put on it. I used 9 different types of item, if you don't count beads seperately, if you do then the counts way up there. Are they better if you limit the items you use?

Anyways I'm bursting with idea's and this is just what I need! Thanks :)

halfwaythere 09/ 7/2007 #

I have one other possibly stupid question that I haven't found an answer for on the ATC how to sites. On the card I made yesterday I glued two blanks together, forming a pocket so I could have a poem or quote that slides out. Is that 'legal'? It would make the card slightly larger than 2.5 x 3.5 because of the tab you pull out.

Oh, and one more [really] do you spray a finish on your cards, like a glossy top coat? If not do you do anything to protect them?

user9246 09/ 8/2007 #

no, they shouldn't be larger than 2.5x3.5 and as far as the glossy coat.... never seen that done but you could if you want.

as far as beads, i got a card of a seahorse done entirely in beads and the entire surface was covered in different colors and shapes of beads. it was a bead mosaic.

hoosiergirl 09/ 9/2007 #

Shoot, sorry I missed this one. Have been wanting to try my hand at ATC's also.... hopefully someone will start another swap for newbies to ATC :0)

halfwaythere 09/13/2007 #

I accidently hit "SENT" on this swap when I was trying fot the swap I have listed below it. Is there any way to undo it?

dancingDog 09/19/2007 #

Sent out my ATCs today to Amberr, goblin, shopandbid, Lizzy Jane and butterfly44056 :=D

Heado 09/21/2007 #

Sent mine!!!

user10625 09/22/2007 #

mine are almost done...I had a bad reaction to poison ivy...So they will be out early next week I will post!

Amberr 09/22/2007 #

I already have mine finished and ready to be sent out, but I've been insanely busy lately so I will be going to the post office on Monday morning to send them. Sorry for the inconvenience!

goblinbrodie 09/23/2007 #

Sent on the day of the deadline to Pink Lady, Au-Master, Marty, Cindy and angel1985. It's coming from Australia so it might take a little while!

WhoMoi 09/23/2007 #

Will be sending mine Mon. or Tues. Sorry for the delay!!!

Melusine 11/ 2/2007 #

WhoMoi (Mompa) - your status still says "not sent" and two months is almost up - you will get a rating of 1 from me at that time.

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