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Sunday, August 14, 2005

artist trading cards

Today I sat down to make a few artist trading cards (ATCs). It's been a while. I only made three but I am most happy with this paper pieced tree/landscape. I just love origami paper- such beautiful patterns and colors available!
atc collection
atc collection

For those of you who still don't know what an ATC is- get with it! :) Hehe. These small scale works of art are often the perfect size (3.5" x 2.5") to inspire people to create. I have two binders with over 300 cards I've traded with people all around the world, and these are some samples.
atc collection
atc collection

(Click images to enlarge) Trading ATCs makes the world seem so small. I am constantly in awe at the creativity and diversity out there. Everyone has their own style and it's beautiful. If you've never tried making one- give it a go! Here is a template for you to get 10 to a page (versus 9). Be sure to check out Sister Trading Cards which is hosted on a continual basis by Ms. Cat Schick in Switzerland. And, just for good measure, here is the flickr group. Have fun! Create! Lemme see what you do and be sure to trade me or I'll be sad! ;)


Anonymous Janet said...

Wow! How cool. They are all so beautiful. I just love your landscape.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Aimee "Roo" said...

wow, i had neer heard of that before, but what a great idea. your card is so great too. how did you get started? i would love to join the fun, it seems like a great creative boost. :)

10:28 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

ooohhh, I have had my eye on this phenomenon for awhile now... been contemplating getting in on it. I really dig the idea. love your landscape!

6:27 PM  
Anonymous MIM said...

I've never heard of ATCs before. What a great concept! What a collection you have!

BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog. I changed the last line of my most recent post because of your great comment and cited you. I kept wondering what to do with this last line . . . thanks for your inspiration!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Nicole R.J. said...

Those are a great idea - and what a collections - so little time so many great ideas!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Ronni said...

I make mine out of jumbo playing cards... :D Just to be different. I'm a BIG girl so its only natural I make BIG ATC's! LOL

If you want one let me know I'll trade you for one! :D

11:05 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Joleen, many of your pictures are broken ...


12:16 PM  
Blogger ♥ joleen ♥ said...

Hmm, they shouldn't be. I see them just fine?? Email me if you'd like the links.

12:18 PM  

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