These are some of the Artist Trading cards I have made recently
I have been enjoying exploring textures using SCRAPWARES ATC, bases and frames.
For anyone unsure of what an Artist Trading
here is a quick overview...
here is a quick overview...
They are little artworks 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size or 64mm x 89 mm for we folk who live in metric land. ATCs have a wonderful, rich history and have been being created and exchanged as far back as the 16th century. In more recent history scrapbookers and papercrafters have taken an interest in making these cards.
They are usually made in sets of three or five and given away or swapped with other artists for their cards.Technically they cannot be sold but similar works of the same specifications can be made to be sold they are called ACEOs ( Art Cards, Editions and Originals)
Some people take part in organised swaps over the internet, making their cards and posting them to a designated organiser who then in turn posts them to participants'. Cards can also be exchanged in person at swap meetings often hosted by ATC hobby groups. I have know of people who created, swapped and or collected thousands of Artist trading cards from all over the world. They can be displayed and there specialised display trays or collected in albums.
SCRAPWARE Artist Trading Card products come in a number of forms. All are to specifications, everything from the the plain rectangular bases to fine elaborate filigree frames. Alot of the gorgeous Arty/Miniatures SCRAPWARE products are perfect for ATC as are many of the other smaller chipboard pieces. That said there is no reason to restrict yourself to only creating ATCs with the ATC range They can also be used for mountings, as card topper's, for journalling or "Blocking" on scrapbook pages and as the base for creating the lovely clay tile mosaics that have
been popping up on all sorts of creative blogs of late. see one of my favourite artists Laurie Mika
If you think having a go at an ATC would be something you'd like to try I will help as much as I can and you can contact me through my blog but I suggest get yourself some SCRAPWARE bases and create a few pretty collaged card toppers that's a good way to get a feel for the challenge of workking is such a small space. Or illustrate a quote or poem that is my favourite method to make ATC.
I also liked how using the plain SCRAPWARE frame drew you eye in and added a little protection to the texture areas. ( I was not so lucky on the Hypnotic card. I pushed air into the glaze on the card to make air bubbles and then like a clumsy oaf lent on it as I got up popping them! sheshhh!)
If you're still reading this ridiculously long blog post.... thank you
and I hope you've been inspired to go and create something,
anything but hopefully... an Artist Trading Card! LOL
I have more beautiful SCRAPWARE to go play with now and some more creations
in the works I hope to "post" to you really soon!