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Corrine's Acrylic Paint ATC

Corrine's Acrylic Paint ATC

ATC by Deanna Meras, Local Cols., Oh Artitst

We're out of the books, but thought you would still like some info on ATC's. 

ATC's are quite the thing right now and gaining popularity all the time.  ATC's or Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art.  They are an inspiration to artists who work in all sorts of different mediums like rubber stampers, quilters, fabric artists, painters, calligraphers, collage artists, photographers just to name a few.  You can use your chalks, inks, pencils, fibers, beads and embellishments to create your own little miniature works of art.

The History Behind ATC's (Artist Trading Cards)
ATC's -The History~ they got their start in Zurich, Switzerland about 1997 when M. Vanci Stirnemann exhibited approx. 1200 cards he had produced at his gallery/bookstore.  They then spread to Calgary (Canada) through an artist named, Don Mabie (aka Chuck Stake), who had visited the Zurich exhibit.  These 2 artists collaborated on an exhibition held in Calgary, Canada in 2000 with 80 artists from 10 different countries represented.   It was called "The First International Biennial of Artist Trading Cards". 

ATC's-The Rules~ Mainly just 3 rules-size restriction, contact information and thickness.
Size~ATC's must be 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  This is the standard size for trading cards (like the baseball, football trading cards, etc.)  We make it easy by providing die cut plain cardstock in that size for you.  However, you can create your ATC's over top of regular playing cards, baseball cards or other collector cards or use your own cardstock.
Contact Information ~Typically ATC's are traded so it is important to sign your ATC's on the back, date it and include any other contact information you want to give like an email address or snail mail address.  If your ATC is part of a limited edition, you should number them (1/10, 2/10, etc.).
Thickness~ You cards can be 2 or 3 dimensional.  Your design should be flat enough to fit into a standard trading-card sleeve.
Try an ATC triptych.  Our Metaleeze faux metal hinges are a great way to hinge 3 cards together without any extra bulk or weight.

ATC's are changing all the time and many artists have used unusual materials to create their ATC's like polymer clay, acrylic, wood, metal and fabric.  For the computer savvy artist, ATC's are being created using multilayered digital collage.  Simple or technical, ATC's are for everyone!

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Slide Art Mailer OR ATC Holder/Mailer~ You can easily turn our slide art mailer into an ATC mailer or holder simply by using an Exacto or craft knife to carefully cut through the top layer of the microscope slide niche area.  It may take several passes to cut thru the top layer.  Peel away the center back and curved top portions from the backing layer.  The new niche you created is just the right size for your ATC.  (See photo for detail)  Pkg of 3.

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Corrine's acrylic ATC

I have been having a ball making ATC's for the Tim Holtz cruise I am going on in Oct., 2009.  I used gesso on an ATC card and then painted with acrylics and stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp from one of the cling mounted stamp sets- I love the butterfly.  These are the Golden brand acrylics and the gesso is 1/2 Claudine Hellmuth Studio line and 1/2 Golden gesso. 
Another sample below but this time I added some gold foil.

Corrine's Mexico cruise ATC for swap in acrylic

ATC information above was adapted from Expressions Magazine, Jan/Feb 2006 issue, pages 34,35 and 36.  This is one of my favorite art magazines.

For additional information Stampington & Company (Publishers of Somerset Studio) published a book in 2004 called Artist Trading Cards - An Anthology of ATC's.  This book is full of interesting facts and wonderful samples. 

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