Thursday, August 22, 2013

My First ATCC

This was my first attempt at ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). This week's Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge at Sassy Studio Designs is to create ATC cards.
If you're not familiar with what an ATC is, here's a brief description from the site

ARTIST TRADING CARDS are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock.

they are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced. anybody can produce them.
the idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards, either at TRADING SESSIONS or wherever you meet another ATC trader in person.
it is important that you meet other people in person to trade - i.e. it is ok to trade by mail or to participate in editions but the main purpose of this performance is the trading session and the personal meeting.
It's not about money: participants in trading sessions and editions should not be charged any money: the point of the project is the exchange of cards as well as personal experience.
there are monthly TRADING SESSIONS at different places (zurich, calgary etc. see EVENTS) and you can start your own Trading Session wherever you live. there have been other TRADING SESSIONS at irregular intervals in other cities.

the project was initiated in 1997 by zurich artist m.vänçi stirnemann. since then several hundred people from all over the world have traded ATCs during TRADING SESSIONS (see GALLERY), through mail or by participating in COPY-LEFT EDITIONS and SISTER TRADING CARDS (STC).

Since the cards are only 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", I didn't want to try to fit an entire image on the card.  So I just cropped the image and made it a sort of  "bust" portrait.  I got the idea to make several ATCs to go on my card.  I made the ATCs  in different art styles.

Front of the card

Side flaps open

Fully open

ATCs on the front

Computer colored 

Zentangle style

ATCs inside

Paper strips

Andy Warhol style

Patrick Nagel style

Roy Lichtenstein style

Sentiment panel

Stuff I Used:
Image-Daphne Sassy digital by Sassy Studio Designs (August 2013 release)
Colored with Copics
Warhol-Y06, Y08, B21, B24, R22, R24, C1, C3
sweater-R22, B24
scarf, headband-Y15, B24
Lips-R24, R27
Eyes-W1, W3
Scarf/headband-YG05, YG07
Sweater-V15, V17
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Cardstock-Staples grey
Sentiment-Computer generated
Photo corners-Pioneer brand clear photo corners
Gelly Roll metallic black gel pen

Each of the ATCs are held in with clear photo corners.  So they can be removed.  This was a fun card to make.  My favorite artist is Patrick Nagel. I got interested in his art when I was in art school (Art Institute of Pittsburgh) back in the early 80's.  You'd recognize his art from the Duran Duran "Rio" album cover. That was the first ATC artist style I made. The others just came after that.

I hope I inspired you to create some ATCs and also join us this week for the Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge at Sassy Studio Designs.
Thanx for looking and please comment.

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1 comment:

Lori aka lorib117 said...

WOW, Greg! This is totally amazing! How really thought outside the box on this one. Wonderful job.