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10 Artist Trading Cards to Make

By: Karisa Tell, Editor for

10 Artist Trading Cards to MakeThe wonderful artist trading card--have you ever made one? Artist trading cards are a great way for artists of almost any medium to show off their skills in a small format. ATCs are meant to be crafted, traded, and cherished. So go ahead, whip up a batch using your art and craft skills, then trade them with your friends! This type of trading card is also a great way to get your name out there if you're trying to build up your creative business. What a great networking tool!

10 Artist Trading Cards to Make

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Artist Trading Cards

10 Artist Trading Cards to MakeBelow we have rounded up some artists trading cards for you to get inspired by. Check out these artist trading cards ideas and make them yourself, or use the photos and instructions as inspiration to put your own spin on the projects. Don't think of it as a trading card template, but rather a seed of inspiration. ATC cards are supposed to be unique to each artist, so use these artist trading cards as a jumping off point to start creating your own.

  1. Chinese Coin ATC: Create an Artist Trading Card with embellishments such as a Chinese coin. ATC projects like this one by Lisa Fulmer are a great way to create miniature pieces of art.
  2. Mini Artist Trading Tags: Follow this simple guide to create unique artist trading tags to make your luggage stand out or give as gifts.
  3. Day of the Dead ATCs: Learn how to make artist trading card with this Day of the Dead tutorial from Kara Jones. This mixed media project involved paper craft, sewing, clay, and more.
  4. Love Lutradur Card: Use mixed-media fabric sheets like paper to create a postcard or artist trading card. This project by Lisa Fulmer and from C&T Publishing would be perfect for Valentine's Day, an anniversary or any time you want to share a little love.
  5. Golden Songbirds Artist Trading Cards: Are you familiar with the world of Artist Trading Cards? Get a crash course with these Gold Songbirds Artist Trading Cards from Cindi Bisson. Bird craft ideas can be easily worked into mixed media projects and are a great way to get recognized.

ATC Techniques

10 Artist Trading Cards to MakeLearn more of the history and other facts about artist trading cards in these articles, videos, and tips. There are lots of different techniques you can employ when creating an original ATC, so read on to discover a whole new world of crafting that combines craft with art, personal expression, and socializing.

  1. ATCs 101: Find designs for 8 different artist trading cards with products from USArtQuest. This project certainly provides artist eye-candy from Susan Pickering Rothamel.
  2. Polymer Clay Artist Trading Card: Mold and decorate a polymer clay trading card from AMACO.
  3. All About Artist Trading Cards: Tamara explains the ABC's of Artist Trading Cards. They are fun to collect, and you can design and create your own ATC's to show off your personal style.
  4. ATC Display Page: Michael Strong demonstrates how to create a beautiful page for displaying Artist's Trading Cards or other collector cards. This page includes just the right size pockets for displaying the cards, scalloped trim and heart embellishments. You can even use to display your favorite photos.
  5. Artist Trading Cards: Just like baseball or other sports “trading cards”, artist trading cards are to be traded and collected. Design and create your own to show off your personal style.


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I didn't know there was another way I could get cards for free not to mention I could also share the idea with fellow artists. I love this card making technique, there's so much I need to learn which will grow my portfolio eventually. I'm glad I could find all I need to know about these cards as well as inspirational ideas I could try out.

Love ATCs. Would trade with someone.


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