Saturday, July 10, 2010

My First ATC Swap

Hey! We have had so much interest in the ATC Swap we have set up a blog for all the activity!
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.

The inspiraton for my ATC comes from Susan Lenz.  Her art work is very thought provoking.  Please, visit her blog,  she has just created her own website for museums and galleries to see her work.  She does grave rubbing quilts amoung  other things.  I remember grave rubbings from the 70's, Susan gives them a new twist.
So, the inspiration was there.  I visited a local cemetary,  asked permission to do a couple of rubbings and you see the result above. 
I am now going to swap my next ATC with  Donna from Brynwood Needleworks.  Donna is in league all her own when it comes to needlework.  I will be so excited to see her ATC.  Donna knows this will be my 2nd attempt and that's okay with her.  I love my blogging friends and sisters. 
Please think about creating some of these fun little projects.  Wendy would like to start a swap on a regular basis.  Visit her blog and leave a comment that you will join us.  Maybe some of you Bloggerette Sorority sisters would like to get involved!  This is going to be fun!

I have recieved several emails from people that were like me and thought about making an ATC, but just weren't sure about the process.  This was my reply to one of them, maybe it will answer some of your questions as well.  Please, feel free to contact Wendy or myself with any questions you have.
Hey ----,

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
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