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« on: January 05, 2006 11:35:05 AM »

 i really like the atc cards. but the thing is that i just don't understand anything to do with them. the only thing i know is that people collected them. dose the same person always make the same card? that the big question i have aout them.
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2006 05:35:41 PM »

hi, the idea of ATC's is that artists meet each other and exchange their work by trading this little pieces of art. Every card you make, with any technique that you want, is unique, but people also make sets around one theme.

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2006 07:57:57 PM »

You can think of ATCs as kind of like sports trading cards, but with much more unique qualities.  People make all kind of ATCs, using all kinds of materials and techniques (drawing, collage, bead embellishments, stitching, painting, glitter, etc.).  Then, to really "give them wings," you need to trade/swap them with other people.  Before trading/swapping, you sign the back of the card, usually with your hometown/state/country and/or other contact info.  This makes them "your" unique work of art and it's neat to see where your collection has come from.

There are lots of great ATC swaps here on craftster, but it's also fun to trade them in person...in fact, I think that was the original intention of the man who started the phenomenon in the 1990s (from what I have read).

I don't have a lot of major creative talent--like knitting, jewelry making, or sewing clothes--but I can do paper-related crafts.  So, ATCs are a great outlet for me!

Jump in and just start making some and you'll be hooked.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2006 01:33:14 PM »

Does anyone else make their own envelopes?  Do you mail them in those, or do you then put them into a larger envelope?  Is there ever a question of "mailability" for a decorated envelope of a tiny size? 

« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2006 10:31:35 AM »

You can make a envelope to protect them - some the sites listed above have templates for them or use the plastic sleeves that the sports cards people use - Wal-Mart, toy r us or the comic book stores carry them - for mailing the cards I get those note cards (6 for 50 cents) so I can write a note and they are a bit more protected - you could also hand make that card and envelope if you want - or just put your cards in with a bit of stiff paper to protect them a bit

Now I have gotten cards without any of that - just mailed in a regular office envelope and they have been fine so you can do as much or as little as you want on the envelopes.

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