Skip to main content


Never heard of an ATC (aka Artist Trading Cards), they are individual art miniatures which artist trade. It is believed trading ATCs began with M. Vänçi Stirnemann, who had trading sessions in Zurich, Switzerland in 1996. There are few rules or guidelines to art trading cards: they measure 2.5 x 3.5 inch size (64 x 89 mm), they are never sold, the artist signs and dates them. Since then hundreds of thousands, maybe millions have traded hands! (You may have heard of ACEO's or Art Card Editions and Originals.  The only difference between an artist trading card and an ACEO is that the ACEO’s are for sale – ATC’s are not.)

Falling Leaves Artist ~ Danie May

Cards are created flat and dimensional. Artist use various media including: pencils, pens, markers, watercolor, acrylic paints, papers, of collages, found objects, metals even fiber. carries all the products you need to create your ATCs. We even have ATC Kits!!!!



ATC Blanks  of medium weight papers

Bingo Cards  3 1/2" x 2"

Here are a few sample ATCs by our Design Team. Click on the links below to learn how they created them!

BOO Artist ~ Robin Horasanian
Altered Pages has kit to make ATCs!!! 
 Have you ever traded ATCs?  Are interested?  Please let us know in the comments below!


  1. I have traded ATC's for more years than I can remember! I am always up for a trade♥

  2. You can make backgrounds for several of them when you have a lot of time to spend in your craft room and then pull out one or two at a time on those days you're squeezing in your me-time. They are a great way to use of those leftover scraps of amazing paper or collage images that you just couldn't bear to toss from other projects!

  3. Fabulous! ATCs are so much fun to make. They are just the right size to make mini masterpieces.

  4. I love making ATCs. So many different things you can do with them.

  5. Hi, Yes I have done two swaps so far but as a beginner at this art form I would love a kit to help me along. Thank you Vicky R

  6. a treasure trove of gorgeous ATCs! xo


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Get on Over!

We like having you visit,  Make sure to subscribe... Just click here - easy peasy November will be filled with Die Cut ART,  join us. Embellish premade pieces art by Barbara Rankin Cut your own pieces Paint or Foil to add interest art by Lyneen Jesse Combine Die cuts in a variety of mediums art by Jean Moore Create with your manual die cutting machine  or buy premade
 Handy Tip for Artists, Recyclers and Neat Freaks! I have a follow-up to the Citra-Sol method for creating fabulous background pages and collages.   I bought a big bag of navel oranges and realized I had the ingredients to make my own solvent!   Simply take a clean glass jar, peel the rind from the oranges and place all the rind/peels, without the pulp (tangerines, oranges, navels) into the jar.   Pour enough vinegar over the peels to cover them.    Allow the jar to sit for a week or two and VOILA!     You have made your own solvent for literally pennies.    You will notice the liquid getting a bit thicker than the plain vinegar and it does not smell bad!!! I now have a  HUGE jar on the window sill!       Be careful and only use this after testing on a safe spot.

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip   (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!) Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and &q