Friday, July 17, 2009

ATC =Artist Trading Cards. Victorian ladies left their calling cards when they ventured out and made home visits. Baseball players were featured on cards, with their stats on the reverse of their smiling picture. ATCs are the modern version of those. Fiber artists and paper artists make a unique card that reflects something of their personality, their style or their genre. Some make them to celebrate the holidays or other special occasion.

I made mine to represent something I love - mystery novels. I stamped the cute little owl and then printed the words on ExtravOrganza, which is a sheer fabric that will go through the printer. I attached everything with tiny little brads, including the footprint ribbon I'd bought years ago.



The best thing about ATCs, just like baseball cards, is trading. At the IQA show in Chicago, a wall was covered with them, made by people from all over the world. You pin yours to the wall, and take one to replace it. It's a great way to have a piece of art from someone new. My local quilt group, CQFA, had a swap last Saturday and here are some of the ones I was lucky enough to get.



I'll be at the IQA show in Long Beach next weekend, and so am making lots to trade. If you see me, ask me for one!

7 comments:

Camille Minichino said...

Those are wonderful, Terri. And it looks like you can use up lots of scraps making them, though every time I try to do that, I end up at the crafts store anyway!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Terri, I never THOUGHT about using cloth on these. How cool.

Terri Thayer said...

Camille, yes, you can use lots of scraps. As far as using UP all your scraps, forget it. Ain't never gonna happen!

HA! Joanna, I never thought of using paper.

misterreereeder said...

Interesting!!! Obviously I have heard of baseball trading cards. It was a long time ago when I collected those. I liked the thought you put into your ATC.

Betty Hechtman said...

What a neat way to make a card. I'm sure everyone who gets one, treasures it.

I didn't realize there was fabric that would go through a printer.

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