Thursday, August 16, 2012

Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards (ATC)

by Jen del Muro
ATC is short for Artist Trading Card. These cards were made popular in the mid 1990’s by M.VÄNÇI STIRNEMANN, a Swiss artist attempting to gain exposure in the art world.


  • Paper Cutter
  • 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Ink pad and markers
  • Embellishments (punch, brads and ribbons shown)
  • Adhesives (foam squares and glue shown)


  1. Step 1

    Using your paper cutter, take the 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and make a cut at 2 1/2" and 5" along the short side. You will have three strips of paper.

    On the first two that are 2 1/2" wide, make cuts at 3 1/2", 7", and 10 1/2". On the third strip which is 3 1/2" wide make cuts at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10".

    When you are finished cutting you will have ten 2.5" x 3.5" pieces of paper. This will be the base of your ATC. Cut other layers slightly smaller than the base.
  2. Step 2

    Stamp image(s) of choice on the top layer of cardstock, then color and embellish as desired
  3. Step 3

    Adhere layers. In this ATC the top layer is on 3-D squares and the middle layer is glued to the base.
  4. Step 4

    Sign and number the back of the ATC.
  5. Step 5

    Completed ATC. As the name suggests, these should be traded.

  6.  Article From Split Coast Stampers

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