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Monday, July 27, 2009

About ATC's...

We all know that Big Things come in Small Packages...jewelry, perfume...ATCs!!!

Altered Trading Cards (ATC) were first created in 1997 by Zurich artist M.Vänçi Stirnemann, as a mean for artists to share and socialize with other artists.

Just a couple of rules were implemented by M.Vänçi Stirnemann:

Cards should not be sold, just exchanged
....Oooppss! I guess that rule has been forgotten... some ATC's became very collectible and can be found specially in auction sites from $.99 to a couple of hundred dollars!

Cards should be 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch in size.
What make these little works of art a challenge for some of us. I personally admire how many of you can express yourselves and transmit so much using such a small canvas!
Here are some examples of ATC's made by some of our Members...

"Tickled Pink" by Sally Paul

"Cherub" by Linda Donnelly

"Harold" By Judy Bidwell

"5 Objects" By Margaret Field

Different styles, different techniques, different materials but all full of character!
With ATC's you are free to draw, paint, print, add trinkets and findings, etc...the possibilities are totally up to you and your "altered mind" , but don't be fooled by their little size...to achieve a beautiful composition takes some time and practice...
Go on, get yourself some ATC blanks and have some altered fun!

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep"

~Scott Adams~


Kylie B said...

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Coastal Sisters said...

I love these wee works of art. I have wanted to try one of these and it's on my to do list :)

These ATC's are LOVELY!


Lynn said...

Your blog is like a beautiful slick magazine that is free!!
Thank you for this!
I am inspired.

Debbi said...

love those little cards. Thanks for sharing the history of them too!

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Rita said...

I am glad I find you ladies, team work! Thank you for sharing Ciao Rita

The Chateau of Remnants said...

Just stopping I haven't been by in while :) Busy..lol


Ps Stop by my blog... I have a great New Swap, trade or buy

Patti said...

I love ATC's and I love trading although I have sold a few. It is so fun and my favorite hobby!

Thanks for being you...you are the best!!


I am going to put your blog link on my blog over at blogger. www.treasurebarnblog.blogspot.com