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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Challenge #191 - Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Artist trading cards, or ATCs, are little 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" (89 x 64 mm for those on the metric system) works of art.  You make of them whatever you want. Make them from paper, cloth, metal, whatever.  Embellish them however you choose.  Your only limits are the size parameters and your imagination.

This fortnight we want YOU to make ATCs; one, two, or an entire series if you so choose.  You can collect them, trade them, use them on other projects (like greeting cards, scrapbook pages, art journals, the sky is the limit).

Let's see what the Poobahs have made for this theme.

Deena -

this week my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage and I thought this little cutie was a good way to reflect on the past years (all while playing with my glitter pens and dies etc.)

Chat Noir

I remember ages ago when someone asked me to make an ATC and I had to ask what they were..........which seems so unlikely now that I have made so many.  They have become my favourite little works of paper-art.

Tonight I let my heart take over and made use of some of the paper I like the best (at the moment).  My first takes me back to the understated colours I like best: there's woodgrain and grey gauzy ribbon in a couple of different widths, and a scrap of the scrabble-letters paper that I'm hoarding.  

The second one has similar colours along with orange which has become my accent colour of choice.  I like the vaguely creepy feel of the plants shadows....maybe I should have saved it for Halloween?

...and then I found the last scrap of a lovely old TE kit paper, and turned it into a Spring-inspired ATC to complete my samples.  Its the beginning of Spring here in Australia and today my garden has been sunny, heady with the scent of blossoms and noisy with a million bees in among the strands of my willow tree.


ATCs are wonderfully versatile - I've seen them made from everything - fabric, clay, papers of all sorts.  You just have to imagine what you want to make and then run with it.

For this challenge I have three to show you.

The first is a lovely little magical seahorse that I stamped, fussy cut and then put on top of an inked and glittered background - hey, with a magical seahorse you can have an ocean of words and glitter.  

My next one is Love is in the Air and I'm not sure which of the young lovers is thinking blarney and which one feels that this is love...left to your interpretation.

Finally there is a pensive little cat and when I stamped this I thought of the stillness of cats when they want to be still, which is in direct ratio to the energy they expend when they want to be frenzied.

Electra here.  I just finished a VAMP ATC swap.
I wish I looked like these ladies still...

Share your creativity with us here  by 

linking your blog post in the comments section. 

You have until 

September 20

to share your ATCs with us!


DIANA L. said...

I would love to link up a project, but I can not find your linky button.. Have a blessed day

Electra said...

Hi Diana,

We do not have a Linky button at Opus Gluei, you can leave leave a note in the comments, and copy and paste the address of your post with your piece in the comments.
We look forward to seeing your creation!

CG said...

I haven't joined in on your challenges for a while, but I couldn't resist this one! The DT projects are wonderful as always. Here's my ATC. Best, CG

Linda Gibbons said...

Jumping in finally, here are some atcs.

Linda Gibbons said...

some more ATCs. All of these are available for trade. email me at if you are interested.

Diane said...

Love this theme! Thanks! Your examples are super too! Here are mine:

2amscrapper said...

how about some altered playing cards for ATCs? Helene

Jennifer Scull said...

here is mine. thanks for the great challenge! I love to make ATCs! :)

Unknown said...

Here is one from me!! :)