ATC JAMS – Work In Progress – Spots 1 & 2 Completed

Last week, I received an exciting an unexpected surprise in the mail: an envelope filled with three ATC JAMS!

For those of you unfamiliar with this term, ATC JAMS stands for Artist Trading Cards – Just Add More Stuff! It is a round robin ATC swap where three people collaborate in the design of a series of ATCs. When the swap is completed, each person ends up with a piece of art that not only stretches their creative skills, but also reflects the vision and talent of the artists involved.

The collaborative process works like this:

1. The artist who starts the swap creates the cards and the background. The colors, techniques, designs, and textures that the artist selects set the mood for the series.

ATC JAMS Artist 1: I Created The Background On This Card

2. The second artist builds upon that vision. This artist determines how the card speaks to them and stamps, layers, and embellishes accordingly. It’s important at this stage for the artist to enhance the card without completing it – there is still one more person waiting to leave their mark!

ATC JAMS Artist 2 – I Stamped The Top Half Of The Card (Blues)

3. The final artist to receive the cards completes the process. This artist must honor the path that has been set before them while infusing their own creative vision into the card. When the ATCs are completed, this individual sends the finished cards to the other artists. It is always exciting to receive a completed card and discover where the creative journey has taken everyone!

ATC JAMS Artist 3 – I Added The Buttons & Bling

Since I am the third person to receive the ATC JAMS shown in the opening photo, I’ll be completing the cards and sharing the finished ATCs in an upcoming WOYWW post!

ATC JAMS Artist 3 – I Added Skeleton Leaf, Ribbon, Dream

So, what do you think of the process? Have you ever participated in an ATC JAMS swap? Is this something you’d like to try in the future? I look forward to reading your comments!

Now, if you’re wondering what Tsunami and Legend, my crafty Maine Coons, are up to today, click here to see their sweet faces!

If you’re wondering what’s on the workspaces of my other artsy friends – or if you’d like to hop in and join the fun – visit Julia at Stamping Ground – she is the keeper of our weekly WOYWW links!

And, if you’re into reading or writing instructional posts, check out Tutorial Tuesday! I’ll be sharing my love of ATC JAMS at their site this week!

65 Responses to “WOYWW 38: ATC JAMS”

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  1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    I have seen this done on canvases, but never ATCs. They are a bit small for me, but I love the process and what you have created. Looks like you were up all night (grin). At least we US gals have a chance, now. Happy WOYWW from #2.

  2. The Taming of the Glue says:

    What a great idea with the ATC's! Pam (6)

  3. Susan Allan says:

    What a fantastic idea!

    I had not heard of that one before, so thanks fo rthe explanation.

    Lovely idea!!
    Sue xx 8

  4. Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) says:

    #9 – love the JAM aspect, and the background on the doggie one is lovely.

    Kay (Toodles and Binks)

  5. Serendipity (Christine) says:

    What a great idea, I haven't hard of ATC JAMS but its something I would enjoy – they're beautiful 🙂 (Link No. 11)

  6. She says:

    Oh I love your ATC JAMS! I love making ATCs, but I've not heard of these before……………may have to investigate more! Have a good Wednesday. S (10)

  7. Helen says:

    I love that idea, I've never heard of ATC JAMS. Beautiful.

  8. Sue says:

    Hi ya
    lovely ATC, luv the butterflies, happy WOYWW, have great day, sue,x

  9. Lizzybobs says:

    hi hun – loving the ATCs I love jam swaps and have been in a few of them over the years – thanks for sharing with us – Liz (24)

  10. Suzanne Brookfield says:

    the ATCs Jams sound interesting ….. but I am not sure if I would be able to stop myself from "finishing off" the ATCs….i.e. I may have a problem of knowing when to stop lol 🙂 Suzanne Linky 10

  11. Heather x says:

    Beautiful atc's babe, love the butterfly's 🙂
    *hugs* Heather x (41)

  12. Wipso says:

    What a lovely way to share crafting talents and to see how others develop someone elses ideas.
    A x

  13. Thistleblue says:

    Morning Joy! Great ATC's and lovely idea on the JAM! Not heard of that before. 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  14. Bluefairy4U says:

    Morning, love your ATC's I have not got into these but I am tempted when I see such lovely ATC's on the blogs. Love your Coons, they look so adorable cuddled up like that. Have a lovely WOYWW. Hugs JoxxxNo.27

  15. peggy aplSEEDS says:

    this sounds quite interesting! do you do this often?

  16. Sarah says:

    Love the sound of your ATC JAMS round robin 🙂

    Sarah (57)

  17. Phree says:

    The ATC Jams sound like fun, thanks for explaining how it works. Happy WOYWW Day.

  18. mustavcoffee says:

    Hi there, love the idea of sharing, that's what crafting is all about:0) xx

  19. JoZart says:

    Never ear of ATC JAMS before… my Jams always come in jars, usually blackcurrant too!
    Lovely idea I wouldn't mind trying out,
    JoZart x

  20. Lou and Mel says:

    What a great idea – I've not heard of this before!! And, they look fantastic!
    (no 64)

  21. Wishcraft says:

    They look great, and what a fun idea :o) Lisa x

  22. cauliflower cupcake says:

    I'd Love to have a go at this. How gorgeous.
    Happy WOYWW Day
    Rebecca (15)

  23. Rebecca says:

    Love the ATC's – I'd love to have a go at doing a swap thing like that. Happy WOYWW !
    Rebecca (No. 15)

  24. Lothian Crafts says:

    What lovely ATC. I love the wee dog stamp on the 1st one though they are all fantastic.
    Elaine (no55)

  25. Jan says:

    I'd never heard of JAMS ATC's but sounds like fun!!

  26. butlersabroad says:

    Blimey Ramona, didn't you go to bed last night??? Glad you explained what the JAMs were, ATC's I know about but not JAMS. Very interesting idea but I think it would be hard to only add a couple of things and not get carried away and finish it!


  27. Carolynne says:

    Never heard of this, what a fab idea. Lovely ATCs


  28. Candace says:

    Hi Sorry this is a quick cut & paste but not too well and wanting to let as many as possible know I have visited. I am going to read all logs on my blackberry will I have a lie down but can't comment very well & can't sit for too long at laptop to type – sorry seems little impersonal Candace x

  29. Hands to Work, Hearts to God says:

    I think that's a lot of fun! Never joined one before! Patsy #33 and (shame!)34

  30. Theresa says:

    FUN seeing your ATC's and reading what you contributed on each round robin! I haven't participated as of yet, but it's on my "list"!

  31. nerllybird says:

    That's a new one on me – not sure I could manage to stop myself completing an ATC but it's a great idea! Helen (46)

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  33. Sherry says:

    I have taken part in ATC JAMS before, but never realised what 'JAMS' stood for – it makes perfect sense now! Love the WIP ATCs.

  34. Carola Bartz says:

    I've never participated in an ATC jam, but it sure sounds very tempting! A great idea! Happy WOYWW – Carola, 92

  35. Sarah Anderson says:

    What a fun idea, I haven't heard of these before but they look great! (106)

  36. NEEDLEWINGS says:

    Wow, your things are just fantastic!

  37. judie says:

    never heard of atc jams before, have never tried atcs yet, to scared in case its something else that i become addicted to lol

    thanks for the snoop
    judie xx

  38. Tracy Evans says:

    What a great idea ATC JAMS, not heard that one before. Thanks for the snoop, have a good evening, Tracy Evans (no. 17)

  39. Serendipity Stamping says:

    Love the ATC JAMS, never heard of doing this before. Thanks for sharing. #98

  40. The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie says:

    I'm your newest follower- very cool blog!

  41. lisa says:

    This is a new one on me but sounds a great idea. They look gorgeous.
    Hugs Lisa (117)

  42. Scrapcollectr says:

    Cool idea. Love that Dream card. Happy WOYWW!
    Me Linky # 110

  43. Spyder says:

    oho that sounds like a good idea, never heard of ATC jams before, Have a great woyww

  44. Kara's Korner says:

    I've never heard of this before. It's a super cool idea! I honestly don't know that it'd work for me because the way I create is by such trial and error, but I do love the idea behind it and the finished project!

    Thanks for sharing!

  45. Julia Dunnit says:

    Love the JAM idea for anything actually, ATCs make it a very accessible form of evolving art, huh. So now we've seen what you;ve done – how about showing us where you did it? I was brave enough..!

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  47. Ciara says:

    Cool! Pretty ATC's and a great idea

    Ciara (42)

  48. Cheryl says:

    Love 'em all, especially with the butterflies!

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  49. Andrea - Wales, UK says:

    Well I'm with the rest of them, a fantastic idea and I've never heard of it before either.

    A.xx (no 38)

  50. Cardmaking Galore says:

    Oh, mice you seem to have been really busy -love the butterfly card! 18

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