Saturday, May 15, 2010

PDE Challenge # 1 ATC

While I was blog hopping today I came across this blog, and she is hosting a challenge! Click here to see it.

Here are the rules:
Here are the simple PDE Challenge #1 Rules:

  1. Make an ATC (Artist Trading Card)
  2. ATC size is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  3. Use any method on your ATC that you want - collage, die cuts, paint, whatever strikes your fancy.

Here is my submission:

I have never heard of an ATC before so... I searched the web and this is what I found:

As their name indicates, ATC are collectables, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The one rule that makes an ATC derives from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm.

To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged, as the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (1/8, 2/8...) if it's part of an edition. By definition ATCs are made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind. Unique ATCs are called originals; sets of identical ATCs are called editions and are numbered; sets of ATCs that are based on one theme but that are different are called series. Don't be intimidated by the concept of small editions or originals: very few people are anal about this. What most collectors really want are cards that were made with care. Based on that, numbers are meaningless.

That's all! The above is all you need to know to start making your own ATCs. Common sense dictates that they should be sturdy enough to survive mailing, and of reasonable thicknessTransparent card sleeves are useful to protect the cards if need be. This is particularly true if they can easily get smudged or if the medium might stick during transport. (unless you specifically want them otherwise.


  1. This is beautiful! Thank you for following my blog and for participating in our first challenge!! I love what you did. That flower is cool, and I haven't thought of doing my ribbon like that. I'll have to remember that idea. :)

  2. pretty! I love the beautiful spring look to this. :)

  3. so very pretty. great papers...