Soo I used to host/participate in ATC swaps a lot when I was in college, and kinda been wanting to do them again!! I made this an event on Facebook and invited a lot of my friends, and there are already at least 10 people signed up for it, so there will definitely be a good sized group of cards. Here’s more info on the swap:
What Are Artist Trading Cards?
-Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are small artworks about the size of baseball cards, and any art that can fit on a card that size is welcome! Some people will trade theirs, or hold on to them to keep as a collection of little art prints.
What To Send:
-Each participant makes their choice of 3 or 6 cards, 2.5x3.5 inches in size. This means that if you send in 3 cards, you will receive 3 cards, and if you send in 6 cards, you will receive 6 cards.
-Along with your cards, please include a self addressed and stamped envelope (message me if you’re outside of the US and we’ll figure out return shipping from there). If you are simply giving me your cards in person, then you don’t need to include a SASE.
-I will provide clear sleeves for any cards sent without them, but keep in mind that they’re a good idea to have to protect your cards during shipping.
When To Send:
-I must receive all cards by
August 16, 2013 September 6, 2013!!! If you are mailing your cards to me, they will still be on time as long as they are postmarked on that date. I’ll begin delivering cards by the 23rd to allow time for cards still in the mail to get to me and to give me time to scan them all into my computer to show off to everyone later!
-If you are mailing your cards, please take care in how you package them. It’s a good idea to secure your cards to each other to prevent them from rattling around in transit (which can cause envelopes to tear, we don’t want to lose any cards to the post office!). You can do this by putting your cards in clear sleeves and taping them together, overlapping a little for strength. I like to put a thin piece of cardboard that is slightly smaller than the envelope to help keep them from getting bent. If your cards are thick or fragile, using a bubble mailer is also a good idea (you can get these in the office supply department of Walmart, Walgreens, Target, etc).
-Please email me at email@example.com to get my address so you can send in your cards if you are mailing them!!
-Walmart sells specialty papers in their craft section that is already pre-sized especially for ATCs, making it incredibly convenient for us :) They have everything from sketch paper, watercolor paper, even oil paper. If paper isn’t your thing, try using scrap fabric, cardboard, or even thin metal!
-What goes on the back of your cards? At a minimum, you should put your name (or username if you’re on tumblr/DA/etc). Some other things you might want to include would be the title of the art, title of the card swap event it is from, date created, or even more artwork on the back.
-Don’t think that you can’t participate if you think you aren’t artistic. A lot of people will draw or paint, but don’t limit yourself. If you’re particularly good at something, think of how you can incorporate that into your cards! Have a favorite song? Create something using your favorite lyrics. Think science is hella rad? Make a collage from old physics magazines. Really obsessed with Animal Crossing? Make a QR code especially for the swap to put on your cards. Don’t forget about other types of media; photography, textiles, metalwork, ceramics, glass, music, writing, digital, any type of art is cool!
-Most comic & game shops sell trading card games, and are great places to buy things to store your cards in, such as binders and pages, sleeves, even deck boxes would be appropriate to store cards in.
-If you are using any sort of adhesives or ink on your cards, be sure to use archival safe adhesives/inks. Scrapbooking departments have all sorts of specialty tapes and glues that are designed to keep your art from fading or deteriorating over the years.
-For this first swap, there is no theme! If everyone enjoys this enough to want to do another swap, we can think of a theme to do for the next one or more if we continue to do them (which would be awesome). The more swaps we have, the more cards we’ll have in our pool to trade. Tons of people collect ATCs around the world though, you don’t HAVE to only trade within our group!
-The cards you send in can have a relative theme, but they don’t have to. You can make them all piece together to form a larger image like a puzzle, or each card illustrates a story when all together, or they can have nothing to do with each other! Thats what makes trading them fun, to try and complete a set or to try and get art from different artists.
-Please keep these cards SFW, ya’ll know I don’t personally have a problem with NSFW things, but not everyone is going to want porn on their cards. If there’s nudity in your art, keep it classy guys~
-Here are some cards that I’ve sent in and received over the years.
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an ask or an email :D