Monday, August 10, 2009

ATC Swap Rules & Guidelines

The size of an ATC is 2.5" x 3.5" (64 mm x 89 mm).

Cards are made as one-of-a-kind pieces or in a limited edition.

The front of the card can be done in any media: fabric, stitching, textile arts, paper, rubber stamps, colored pencil, paint, ink, calligraphy, beadwork, digital art, mixed media, collage, etc.

On the back of the card, the artist writes part or all of the following information: artist's name, contact information, title of the ATC, date, and number (1/8, 2/8, 3/8 ...) if it's part of an edition.

Bonus! Previous traders enjoyed learning about the techniques and materials used in the ATCs. Please include information on the back of the card or include a small slip of paper with a sentence or two about what you used to make your card.

Follow the Golden Rule: Give what you would like to receive! Whether you are new to making ATCs or you have years of experience, do your best. What most collectors really want are cards that were made with care.

When you sign up for a trade, you are on the “honor system” that you will participate. Realize that the other participants will be making a card to trade with you, so please respect their investment of time and materials.

After the swap registration closing date, I will notify you with the total number of participants (so you’ll know how many cards to make). We'll be trading ATCs one-for-one.

Cards are due 4 days prior to the swap if you are mailing your cards. After the swap, I will mail you the ATCs you receive in trade. When you mail in your cards, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (or a SASE). If you want me to use the USPS package tracking service, please include the extra cost.

I often post pictures on this blog of the ATCs received in the swaps. By participating in the swaps, I have your permission to post a picture of your ATC. If you don not want pictures posted, you must notify me specifically. All artwork seen on the blog is for inspiration only and the copyright remains with each individual artist. Reproduction without consent of the artist is not permitted.

E-mail me at if you have any questions. Enjoy the trade!
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