Artist Trading Cards


The backside of the package label reads:

What are artist trading cards?

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized ‘swap’ events, either in person or online. It is a great way to meet other artists and share your work. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5″x3.5″.

How did the movement start?

In 1997, M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their won cards and trade with him during the closing reception. After that, the movement took off as other artists organized major ‘swap’ events! Today, there are ATC swaps in almost every major city around the world. There are also may online swaps.

How do I create ATCs?

Most swaps are open to any media, materials or techniques as long as the card fits into a standard trading card sleeve. Art can be original, limited edition or series. Artist should include the following information on the back of the card: name, contact information(email or address), title of piece, and number if it is part of an edition or series. ATCs are treaded, not sold. However, there are some artists who choose to sell cards. Cards that are sold are called Art Card Editions or Originals (ACE)).

How do I trade cards?

You can locate an in-person swap in your area, find an online swap, or organize your own swap. There are a number of Web sites that others have created to help artists get started. They can be found by doing online searches using key words such as ‘artist trading cards.’ You can also find out more information by visiting

Join the movement! Create, swap and collect!

To see my first attempt, click ‘more’…..


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