Blissfull ATC Swap is where you can leave your comment and we will add you to the list. The first month's theme is Sisters. Please, read PS at the bottom of this post if you even think you might be interested.
I have been intrigued by ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) for sometime now. I had not created any because, I was so concerned about the details of making one. Do you ever get like that, so worried about doing something wrong you just don't do anything at all? I had seen several blog posts about the ATC's and wanted to learn more.
One day my friend Wendy from Bliss Angels did a post saying she had 6 ATC's she would like to trade. I left a comment and told Wendy I had never created an ATC, but if she was willing to accept my first attempt, I would trade with her. Wendy graciously agreed.
My first thought was, now what? I don't know how to make an ATC! I did a little online research and found Art In Your Pocket a great site that has all the particulars. There really are no rules other than size and writing the info on the back. Scrappers, painters, doodlers, needleworkers, mixed media and about anyone else can make these. Make an ATC with your logo, point of view or tell the world what you think, anything goes. After seeing the examples on Art In Your Pocket, I sat down and got to work.
These ATC's are so much fun to make. Very little time involved as the size is so small. There are people that use playing cards as a base for their ATC's. If you have been told you are not playing with a full deck of cards, this may be the place to use those cards.
Here is the ATC Wendy created and wanted to swap,
Here is My First ATC, that I traded with Wendy.
I was just like you, where do I begin? People usually collect the ATC's and keep them in a book, box or displayed in a frame. They are handled, but not anymore than a greeting card or treasured photo. So, I am thinking White Glue like Elmers or Glue Sticks, double stick tape, rubber cement, I think about anything that holds well. The size is 2 !/2" x 3 1/2", a playing card is that size, so you can use that for a base. Then just add stuff to the top. The first month's Theme is Sisters, so think of something that means Sister to you. Could be a picture of a nun, a poem you have written, a photo of two girls playing or even a picture of your sister. Then doodle on it, or add lace, or rick rack, candy wrappers, anything goes. If, I asked my 2 daughters to make one based on sisters (with the way they fight) we may end up with devil horns or a big X over the face.
I think that was the hardest part, when I started, was thinking what will I put on it? After I realized it didn't matter, it was whatever I wanted to say, I could then make one. They are so small it really doesn't take much time and you really can't put that much on it anyway. Sign the back of your ATC, date it and title it. If you would like to include a list of materials used you may. After you make it pop it in the mail to your swap partner, of the month and wait to see what they send you. Regular postage will usually cover it. (That is the main reason we are keeping it to the States only for now.) You will have their email address to converse with them about addresses and any other questions you may have for each other. ----, I so hope you will join us. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!
Here is the link http://blissfullatcswap.blogspot.com/