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« on: January 12, 2007 11:10:34 AM »

I've been watching all the beautiful cards you guys are making. I'm hoping you can give me some advice on how to get started  Huh  and maybe some general directions. I also hope I haven't posted this request in the wrong place and that no one thinks I'm dumb for asking.  Undecided  I'd really like to get into this stuff. Please help, craftsters!! Thanks in advance for being so understanding of my ignorance.  Roll Eyes


Thanks to all the wonderful replies and encouragements, I've finished my first three cards! And without further ado:


This is "Sun on the Water" - Acrylic paints


This is "Sun on the Water II" - lol It's basically the same view with a different medium. It's fabrics, foam, and layers.



This one is "Retribution" and I apologize in advance if it offends anyone. I painted the background first (obviously) and it looked like fire. So I thought, who should be IN the fire? And, well, you see the results. The text reads "Gone but not Forgiven" in case it's blurry.

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"Who's the cat?" Newspaper, ink, and cardstock. I drew Garfield myself...be gentle, I'm not a great draw-er.  Wink Anyway, the text says "Garfield is better (and bigger too)"

If anyone is interested in swapping for one of these in my *very first* ATC swap EVER, just pm me. Thanks for looking and being newbie-tolerant. Any comments/criticisms/advice/questions welcome!!

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007 01:31:14 PM »

Start with Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_card. Then I suggest searching online for artists' websites to see what they've made or pick up some magazines at the craft store to look. Then let your imagination run!

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007 01:39:00 PM »

Thanks for the link. That helped quite a bit. So, the pictures/art/paintings or whatever are on regular playing cards? And decorated any way the artist sees fit? Interesting...
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007 01:44:32 PM »

You don't have to work on an existing playing card, although you could. The size of an ATC is that of a playing card (2.5 x 3.5 inches) and usually on card stock.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007 07:49:00 PM »

Think about an atc as just a tiny piece of art. It can be drawn, painted, collaged, or any combination of those techniques. Go crazy! The nice thing about them is that they're so small that if you mess up, it's no great loss. Toss it out and start again. Once you get one you like, post it here.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2007 08:19:25 PM »

I've always done collage here and there, but I've made a total of 7 atc's now. I have been using box bits- like from cereal boxes- for bases. I'll tell you what I think helped me along. I went and got a bunch of scrapbooking papers that I liked. Those make good backgrounds to build upon. Whenever I have a background first, things flow along better. I've got some good background stamps too.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2007 08:31:38 PM »

That's the great thing about ATC's.  Aside from the size, the sky's the limit on what you can do.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007 07:13:06 AM »

That's true- you can collage on them, paint w/ watercolors, acrylics, pastels, sketch on them, glitter them up, tear their corners, punch holes in them, and generally anything you want to do to express yourself or to express your emotions. It's all ok! Hence the true beauty of the ATC- there is NO Wrong Way To Make Them. That is truly why they are so addicting! They truly are a bit of you on paper.
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2007 08:11:30 AM »

Aww, you guys are the greatest. I knew I could count on craftsters. I will have to try one as soon as possible. I just thought maybe there was some rules I needed to know or something. Thanks again, everyone!   Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2007 09:05:22 PM »

the only rule is their size.. the rest is up to you!

Some people (like me!!) make them out of fabric, or I collage, or I do them digitally.. the choice is yours.
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