ATC Cards, Mixed Media

Artist Trading Cards

I discovered artist trading cards earlier this year and have so enjoyed making and trading them.  ATCs as they’re known, are small pieces of art that you create to trade with other artists through online forums. is the forum that I’ve become a member of and I’ve just been having so much fun creating interesting art and meeting so many amazingly creative people.  The only rule to ATCs is that they must be 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size.  When I first thought about that I was beyond afraid!  It’s so tiny!  But now I find it relaxing and challenging at the same time.  Below are cards I made for a  recent swap.  Hope you like!

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Swap Under The Sea

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Swap
Under The Sea

I made a full turquoise glitter background and added cut images which were colored with Copics.

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Wings

Glitter, Glitz & Bling

I used a text stamp and distress inks for the background then embossed and colored this pretty butterfly with Zigg clean brush markers.  Then just added some bling here and there.  Gotta love my butterflies!

Glitter, Glitz & Bling Flirt

Glitter, Glitz & Bling

Found this lovely couple in a Graphic45 paper pad I had.  It doesn’t show in the picture, but I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker to add glitter to areas on their clothing, then added some flourishing bling, and lace.  I also took a chipboard clock I had and used glossy accents to give it some shine.


Glitter, Glitz & Bling Wishes

This was one of my favorites and the person who received it in the swap sent me such a wonderful note about how much she loved this fairy.  I also ended up making a second one since another person saw it and requested a trade for this piece.  So nice to know my efforts were appreciated.  I did a simple blended background with distress inks.  I stamped my fairy with archival ink quite a few times with my Misti to get a nice solid image.  She was then embossed with clear embossing powder on her body and a sparkling shimmer embossing powder on the dandelion.  I used my spectrum noir sparkle markers on her fairy wings and added some sequins floating down with the dandelions.

I hope you enjoyed and I’ll post some other ATCs; and please go check out, it’s quite an interesting eclectic forum for all artists!

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