When I first entered the world of craft blogging a few years ago, I had NO IDEA what ATCs were! I quickly learned how quick and fun they are to create and swap, so I thought I’d write up a little post about them to explain a little bit about what they are and how they are used!
ACT stands for “Artist Trading Card”, and its pretty much exactly what it sounds like! It’s much like collecting baseball cards or trading cards, only these are ones that you create yourself and swap with other artists.
Typically, ATCs are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. They can then be “art-ed” on in any way you choose- mixed media, stamping, coloring, die cutting, calligraphy- basically anything that you desire to show your artistic style. When finished, you can then sign, date, and title the backside and then send to a creative friend. Some people even take it a step further and add little envelopes to slip them in, or stuff the mailing envelope with some extra embellishments from their stash.
Once you receive your ATCs from a friend, you can store them in an album, a journal, pocket pages, little spin racks, and other creative ways. Many times, the artists love it when you photograph and share them on social media when you receive them. Its such a fun way to connect to other artists in the creative community!
So, when KINDRED STAMPS announced that they wanted to do an ATC swap, I jumped on board! I knew I wanted to make some cards with their new WAR FOR THE THRONE stamp sets from their January Release, so I grabbed some supplies and got to work!
First, I stamped out the images from the stamp set and colored them in with my Zig markers.
After I had them all colored and cut out, I set them aside to work on the ATC cards themselves. If you are working with an 8.5×11 piece of cardstock, you can get 9 (or 10, if you cut it right) cards from one sheet of paper. Here is how I measured out my paper to cut the ATCs.
With my card bases cut, I started to create fun backgrounds for my stamped images. I wanted to do an embossed resist, so I stamped a scripty font across the cards using some Versamark ink and BRUTUS MONROE GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER.
Then, to add color over the embossed script, I placed my cards inside a cardboard box and spritzed them with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. The box works great for containing the spray. I usually go crazy with the spray, and then just throw the box in the recycling. It doesn’t always work too well to reuse the box for other colors because you could get different colors bleeding onto your projects. If you DO want to reuse the box without this happening, you can lay a scrap piece of paper down on the bottom before spraying to get more use of the box.
Of course, if your nozzle clogs, THIS^^^ might happen. LOL!
Anyway, after my pieces were sprayed, I let them dry. Now, I have this thing where I dont like warped paper, so to fix that, I adhere them down to another piece of cardstock. I took a grey cardstock, cut more ATC size pieces, and stuck them together with my ATG. I embellished them a bit with some paper doilies, and then ran them through my sewing machine to give a sewn border.
I was then ready to add my characters and some embellishments!
Now, you can choose to do all your ATCs the same, or change it up and make each unique. If you wanted to make them the same, you could always do a cool background on the 8.5×11 sheet of paper before cutting it down. This would save you a little time.
I like to do my ATCs in small batches. I make several ATCs at a time that match, and then make another group in another style. I think its fun to mix it up a bit. For these ATCs, I made about four with the characters, three with the iron throne, and two with characters from the other WAR FOR THE THRONE set.
You can choose to add a sentiment on front, or you dont have to. Thats what’s so fun about ATCs- no rules! Just create as you are inspired.
So I hope this post has answered some of those questions about ATCs, inspired you to make your own, and given you a good look at these stamp sets from KINDRED STAMPS!
If you haven’t checked out KINDRED STAMPS yet, please do! They have so many fun and unique stamp sets that are inspired by pop culture. I’m sure you will find a set that makes you smile!
Until next time,
*PSSST!* Want to see more inspiration from this stamp set? Visit my post from the KINDRED STAMPS JANUARY RELEASE BLOG HOP to see the amazing cards you can make with these stamps! Enjoy!