WOYWW – Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

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Wow… how many of you can you believe that it’s not only time for another week of WOYWW, but that it’s also time to ring in the month of May! Before you know it, Week 156 of WOYWW will be here… the week that many of us will be exchanging ATCs with one another! To help set the mood and build anticipation, I thought it would be fun to share a few ATCs I’ve made in the past as well as a few tips for those of you who are new to this art form!

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ATCs are 2.5” x 3.5” cards that are designed to be traded among artists. You can create them out of just about anything – paper – cardboard – acrylic – fabric – wood – and draw, paint, color, stamp, and embellish them to your heart’s content! The creators sign, date, and number the cards (if part of a series) and trade them with other artists or use them as calling cards. Because of their size, they are perfect for trying new techniques – for using scraps – and for incorporating both recycled and one-of-a-kind materials! They are tons of fun to make. If you’ve never tried it, give it a whirl – you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create miniature pieces of art!

Now, before you go, please:

Have a fabulous week and a fabulous What’s On Your Workspace Wednesday!


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  1. Crafty Couple's Corner says:

    thanks for the inspiration as I have never made an ATC and am very on the fence about it I am not one that ventures out of my comfort zone often. Happy Woyww! #8

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      A DO hope you give it a whirl – that’s the nice thing about them – they are so small, who can be intimidated by an itsy bitsy card? 🙂

  2. may says:

    WOW, What a fabulous collection of lovely ATC’s, I am looking foward to making one for WOYWW, never made one before… Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x No32

  3. sandeeNC says:

    Hi Joy, I swear I keep meaning to come do one of your inspire me Monday challenges, but I am so forgetful! bad me! I will, I promise! tfs your ATC’s, I am working on mine! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina 🙂

  4. Hey there dear Ramona,

    Those of us with killer math skills know that week 156 is May 30, unless you live in the states like we do, then we need to be ready on May 29 (grin).

    Saw your request on Julia’s blog, so thought I would let you know the date. BTW, I’m #4 this week.

  5. Karen says:

    Gorgeous selection of ATC’s, they are all really lovely 🙂

    Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen #12

  6. patsy
    Twitter: Patsypat

    ATCs are really fun to make and quite easy! it’s a wonderful hobby especially if you exchange with artists from around the world!!! :^) patsy

  7. Eliza says:

    Really nice ATC’s you have made there, already gearing up for the WOYWW swap.

    Eliza #19

  8. BJ says:

    Loving your ATC’s what a good idea to show some. Think I prefer the first set as I am not such a girly girl. BJ#18

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks BJ! The first batch were my own designs. The second batch were part of a girly swap I did using materials we received in a swap! 🙂

  9. Oooh lovely array of artwork there – I havent started my WOYWW ATCs yet so thanks for the inspiration and instructions. Sunshine Girl No. 29

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I haven’t started mine either. But I’m excited and figured I’d start to get myself in gear (and encourage those who have never done them before to give it a whirl!)

  10. Anne Rx says:

    Thanks so much for the tips on ATC’s, have never made one before, but looking forward to it. Happy WOYWW you early bird! Anne #44

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Woo hoo – you’ll love it Anne! Once you start – you’ll be hooked! Hope to include some more ATCs and tips next week, time permitting! 🙂

  11. Helen says:

    Great ATC’s!! happy woyww, Helen, 7

  12. Julia Dunnit says:

    Well Ramona,week 156 is Wednesday 30th May.Nice ATc post..isn’t it interesting how differently everybody makes them. Should be fun!

  13. lovely ATCs, I can’t wait for the swap day for WOYWW

  14. Spyder says:

    Lovely ATC’s I have trillions!! On the dongle so not much Internet time, whizzing round as fast as I can!
    Happy WOYWW
    ((Lyn)) #47

  15. Rita says:

    Beautiful work. I hope to join in the WOYWW 156. They are pretty, but very small. Hugs Rita xx

  16. suzanne says:

    I’ve never made a ATC. Yours look lovely and very inspirational. I thinks I’ll have a go..
    Thanks for sharing. #73

  17. Lynn holland says:

    What a lovely WOYWW posting.
    Thank you
    Lynn 53
    One I made earlier today

  18. wipso says:

    I have never made an ATC before but do intend joining in with the 3rd year celebrations so thanks for the tips. Yours are beautiful.
    A x #60

  19. sandra says:

    Lovely ATC’s can’t wait to see what everyone creates. You certainly have some good ideas on your desk.
    Sandra @96

  20. Jaki says:

    I have just got into ATC making and swapping, the main problem I have is sending them to other people, I just want to keep them!
    I’m looking forward to joining in the WOYWW swap.
    Take care

    Jaki #99

  21. Zoe says:

    Thank you for the tips.

    Happy Wednesday!

    Zoe #72

  22. Laura says:

    Thanks for the tips. Working on my first ever ATC’s at the moment.
    Laura 100

  23. Joynana says:

    So many wonderful ATC’s, I have only made a few in my time and can’t wait to get started on some more. #102

  24. Peggy says:

    Great looking ATC cards I’ve not made any for a long time… mayge i’ll get inspired have a good one

  25. Famfa says:

    Thanks for explains ATC’s – I always wondered. I wonder if a knitted one would work?

  26. - KAT - says:

    lovely I like any thing which reuses things and makes joyful beautiful art

    -KAT _ #15

  27. needlewings says:

    Very nice ATC’s . I have to admit, I am addicted to them!

  28. SusanLotus says:

    I love doing ATC´s and will definitely participate in the WOYWW celebration week and trade cards. Didn´t start working on mine yet though.

    Have a fun and creative week!
    Susan. WOYWW nr 104

  29. BumbleVee says:

    I’m still debating with myself…maybe I’ll try one and see if I’m happy enough to think of sending one….

  30. sandysewin says:

    Thanks for the great explanation of ATCs. I’ve seen them around for ages, but having so many other things to do, haven’t jumped on that particular bandwagon. Maybe I will now, just this once…

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #150

  31. Kelly R. says:

    Hi, I am a new follower from the Whimsical Wednesday Blog Hop,
    Hope you can drop by, say hello and follow me back, Thanks.

    These are beautiful cards!

  32. Thanks so much for sharing your ATCs! Mine is done, except I keep thinking it needs something else. Maybe I should just leave it along. Afraid if I trying adding I will mess it up! Well I will think on it some more. #139

  33. Hazel says:

    I love ATCs and have lots of them from swaps over the years. You have a grand collection – thanks for sharing – Hazel, WOYWW #10 x

  34. I love your ATCs and your different samples so everyone can see different styles and get different ideas. Really when you think about it, the only thing that matters in ATCs is the size–2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Whatever else you do on it is all up to you!!!!! I once stamped small black sunglasses on a white ATC and said it was a hip polar bear in a blizzard. 🙂 Maybe I’ll try for a little more detail for WOYWW.

  35. Alexandra says:

    I love your ATCs. Especially the “believe” and “timeless” ones. What great fun!! 🙂


  36. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been baffled with what ATC’s really are so this has really been informative! Great ATCs btw =)


  37. Liz Black says:

    What lovely artwork. Thanks for sharing : ) Liz at 194 x

  38. trisha too says:

    Looks like a fun group of atcs, Sandee!


  39. love this!
    Thank you for sharing with NOBH!
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies

  40. Thanks for sharing your ATC’s . I love working on tiny things, seems a great challenge.
    in the wee hrs playing catch up between storms. Have a great weekend

  41. Helen T says:

    I really do want to have a go at creating an ATC, I just don’t know where you start. But yours look great 🙂 Helen T #91

  42. Neesie says:

    I’m watching with interest having never made a ATC in my life. I hadn’t heard the term until I joined WOYWW just a short time ago.
    You have been busy and your talent shines! ;D

    I’m a little late visiting but thanks for letting me take a peek ;D
    Have a wonderful weekend Neesie #22

  43. Twiglet says:

    A fab ATC selection – very inspiring! Have a great weekend. x Jo

  44. Helen S says:

    Great to see all those ATCs; I can’t wait to start swapping some of mine next month 😀
    Helen S #70

  45. mark says:

    Hi, Happy late woyww, first time and still working my way through, I wish I had come here earlier as I did not know what an ATC was and trawled around for a while finding out.The cards look great, I am really looking forward to the swap.

  46. Karren Haller
    Twitter: Myllls

    I was involved in exchanging ATC’s fo about a year, it was so fun to create them, I guess it was a trend I followed for while.

    Hope you are staying well, have a great week!

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