Welcome to the ATC challenge and swapArtist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 21⁄2 by 31⁄2 inches (63 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement is said to have its origins in Switzerland.In 1990. Swiss artist Vanci Stirnemann was inspired by a collection of hockey trading cards and wanted to make a collection with his own art. Printing costs made it not feasible but in 1996 he decided to make the cards by hand.
So what is an ATC ?
One of mineThe first exhibition of 1,200 handmade cards took place in April 1997 at a bookstore and gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. Visitors were encouraged to make their own cards to trade with Stirnemann and others at the close of the exhibition. This style of art now has a worldwide following.
While this was the start of the modern movement the idea of trading small works of art is not new.Even as far back as the 16th century art cards or miniature paintings were pupular. they were mainly portrains and swapped. Advertsing on the cards came next - in france and later in england. Even the impressionists found a use for art cards - trading them for supplies,food etc and thye sued them to study each others styles.
In 1887 'baseball cards' began to appear. Baseball was in its heyday in the early 1900's and the cards began to appear in products such as bubble gum, cigarettes.
ATC have been made with a variety of media - wet and dry and now in digital or hybrid.. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs).
There are no rules in ATC except the size. We will be looking at more facts in the coming months but for this month let's just get started and play.
So there's the history now for the fun.
Our challenge this month is to create a digital ATC. The finished size should be 2.5 x 3.5inches You can work larger if you wish and downsize. I like to make mine at that size.
This month our theme will be Love
Mine is going to double as a card for Valentines day
WHAT TO DO
You should save it as a jpg file and email it to me [fullsize pls ie 300ppi 2.5x3.5inch] at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also post it in the gallery here in our special album. [rezise down to 72ppi 600px.]
At the end of the month I will send all the files to each participant [if you don't wish for this then just let me know.]
If you wish to go hybrid and then scan at the end that is cool too as long as the finished ATC is a jpg file - at 300ppi 2.5x3.6inches.
Art For Scrapbooking [my ATC products and CU products may be used for swaps here and elsewhere where no payment is involved. My other products may be used for this swap.]
They will only be swapped within this group.
As there is swapping involved you need to be careful about individual designers TOU. Many and most don't allow us to give things to others.
We encourage the use of items you make yourself or item from GDS designers. This is not a requirement but if you use anyone not listed you must have permission to use for this purpose.
Keep in mind we are working small and most digital scrapbook kits will not be suitable. Downsizing can change the quality of the image. That being said you may choose to use a portion or crop parts to use.
The following designers at GDS have approved use of their products ONLY for the purposes of swapping within this group.
JAB Digital Designs
Seoul 2 Soul Scraps
Designs by Marcie
Karen Diamond Designs
So lets all have fun and have a go.
You may even become addicted.