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Darkest_Faerie
« on: September 13, 2005 05:33:20 PM »

Okay, seeing as lots of people are wondering about ATC's I will tell you everything here:
ARTIST TRADING CARDS are miniature works of art created on 2 X 3 inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock.
they are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced.
anybody can produce them.

the idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards, either at TRADING SESSIONS or wherever you meet another ATC trader in person.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU MEET OTHER PEOPLE IN PERSON TO TRADE - i.e. it is OK to trade by mail or to participate in editions but THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS PERFORMANCE IS THE TRADING SESSION AND THE PERSONAL MEETING.

It's not about money: PARTICIPANTS IN TRADING SESSIONS AND EDITIONS SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED ANY MONEY: the point of the project is the exchange of cards as well as personal experience.

there are monthly TRADING SESSIONS at different places (zurich, calgary etc. see EVENTS) and you can start your own Trading Session wherever you live. there have been other TRADING SESSIONS at irregular intervals in other cities.

the project was initiated in 1997 by zurich artist m.vni stirnemann. since then several hundred people from all over the world have traded ATCs during TRADING SESSIONS, through Mail or by participating in COPY-LEFT EDITIONS http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/copyLeft.htm and SISTER TRADING CARDS (STC) EDITIONS. http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/stc.htm

http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/about.htm

Here I have examples from differents artist of the ATC: (they are not mine but you can see mine here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51073.msg472347#msg472347)
Woven Photography-Judith E Bush http://www.grey-cat.com/ATC-archives/000042.html
"The Stamp Collector" http://www.collagespace.com/trishlapointe/atc_gallery/atc.html
"Dark Nebula" http://www.moderngypsy.com/atc/gallery.html
Here's a good link of ATC's-lots of inspiration have a look around http://www.b-muse.com/artist-trading-cards-2.HTM#color
Here is a template to get 10 ATC's from a single cardstock sheet: http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/tcdiag.htm

And on the back...
Swap Name (if you are in a swap)
Your name
Email address
Mailing address
Title of the ATC
# of atc it is in a series or just of your inventory
signature
date
Hope this is good help to anyone who is confused...and if anyone wants to add something...do so!!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005 10:36:09 PM »

oh!  I just posted in one of you other posts!  Thank you for all the information!  This looks like fun and I am going to try it!  Cheesy 

Can you put embellishment on them like beads?  Nothing to thick, but enough to spruce it up?
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2005 12:18:04 PM »

Oh most definitly!!! The thickest thing that i put on mine so far was a dried up gummi bear. I also have googly-eyes, rhinestones, wire, metal peices of every sort...etc.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2005 12:32:12 PM »

I'm glad you posted this thread... and I found it!  We've been organizing Art Card making and trading sessions in Hamilton, ON for the last few months.  Unforutnately they haven't been going that well yet.  Hopefully I can direct people in my area to this thread and it will help build interest.  This month will be our 5th meeting because we missed last month.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35563
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005 09:38:43 AM »

Good luck with your trading sessions, I want to start one up where I live but I think that my boyfriend and I are the only ones who make them...
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2005 02:38:42 PM »

Our first few meetings were all just two people... only the last one had three.  It started off with just my friend and I and then my other friend who works at the tea shop we had the meeting in joined us too.  Art Cards are a lot of fun, I think people just don't really know about them yet.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2005 04:08:26 PM »

Yeah I think so too...I showed a bunch of my friends at school and they think they are quite interesting...I'm not sure if they are into making them though...
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2005 02:13:55 AM »

Thank you very much for this thread!  I'm interested in making these, as all the ones I've seen (yours definately included Grin) have looked gorgeous.  I'll have to see if there areany groups locally- I'm in Manchester UK.

I know you specified the card size - are they pre-purchased cards, or do you cut them yourself, or a mix of both?

Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2005 09:53:03 AM »

I personally just buy cardstock and cut it into the squares, its not that hard to do but just time consuming!!! If you have one of those paper cutters it speeds the cutting time!!! I havent seen any precut ATC papers anywhere to buy but Im sure you could find some somewhere. But you could use a deck of playing cards because that is the same size!
Thanks for the compliment regarding how my ATCs look goregeous!!! I cant wait to see yours! Good luck and have fun!!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2005 09:59:33 AM »

I enjoy making and sending ATCs through  artisttradingcards@ yahoogroups.com  it is primarily through the mail. I'm always happy to see more ATC enthusiasts online. Thanks for posting the info to inspire and enlighten more traders.
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