WOYWW – Tips For Making ATCs

ATCs by Create With Joy

Happy WOYWW to you all! We are just a few weeks away from the great WOYWW ATC Swap of 2012 and I am excited to learn that so many 1st-time ATC makers will be joining this event! To encourage those of you who are still on the fence, here’s a few more ATCs to get your creative juices flowing! Included in this week’s batch are a House-Shaped ATC (#5) and a JAMS ATC (#4). For another variation, click to see my Folded ATC!

The best way to get started is to create lots of card bases in different colors so you’ll have a good supply of cards on hand when inspiration strikes! Gather an assortment of cardstock and your paper trimmer and start cutting! Here are some templates to help you maximixe your cuts:

1) If you are working with 12 x 12 Cardstock, use the fabulous 12 x 12 template provided by Club Scrap Addicts! You will find the complete instructions here to get an amazing 16 cards out of each sheet of paper!

ATC Cutting Diagram - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Source - Club Scrap Addicts

2) If you are working with 8.5 x 11 cardstock, you will want to use the 8.5 x 11 template provided by Mirkwood Designs. You will get 10 cards out of this pattern. Mirkwood Designs has an extensive collection of papercrafting templates, including an Artist Trading Card Envelope template and an extensive gallery of samples!

Once you’ve made your ATC bases, you will want to begin collecting materials to use on your cards. If you begin making ATCs on a regular basis, you will want to keep your eye out for items that specifically work well on with ATCs! Next week, I’ll share some items that I’ve found make particularly nice embellishments for ATCS that you probably have lying around your craft room!

Before you go:

Have a wonderful week, dear friends!


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  1. Cafe au lait says:

    It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great WW.

    My entry.

  2. may says:

    What a great post. Thank you for sharing this as I have made my FIRST ATC’s this week, and this is a great help! Love your ATC’s they are fabulous I have long way to go!! but really enjoying this new project… Hugs May x x x

  3. Anne Rx says:

    Thank you so much for posting this, I have been having some anxiety about doing an ATC and this is going to be very useful, lovely ATC’s by the way. Anne x #2

  4. sandeeNC says:

    woo hoo! You’re #1! Yay you! OK, I really want you to jump ahead to next week so I can see what materials are good for ATC’s, I’ve got mine half way finished but am looking for something to wow it up a bit! waving hi from the rainy hills of North Carolina 🙂 #4

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Can you believe it? Right place right time for once! 🙂 I have yet to make mine (all these posts and I’ll still probably end up being a last minute crafter, lol) but I’m excited to encourage all of the 1st timers as I LOVE ATCs! 🙂

  5. VonnyK says:

    Wow, thanks for all that information. I will sit down with a cuppa and go through each and every link you supplied.
    Have a great week.
    Von #18

  6. Astrid says:

    Great looking ATCS! I have made hundreds over the years but I have never seen this clever way of cutting them out! Like the ones you have done, the house shaped one is specially nice I think!
    Happy hopping and congrats on being no 1!

  7. Dragon says:

    Opps… blogger rubbed out my message!!! I said great cutting guide and loo forward to seeing what you create

  8. Bridget Larsen
    Twitter: YeeLarsen

    What a great idea-houseshapes
    Bridget #12

  9. Mel says:

    …thanks for sharing ATC tips…I’ve made 3 now! and am fast becoming addicted to these little babies…Mel 🙂 #30

  10. sandra says:

    Great tips on the making of ATC’s looking forward to everyone joining in thanks to Julia. Congrats on #1.
    Sandra @21

  11. Helen says:

    That’s a great way for ATC’s if you don’t have pre-cut shapes.

  12. Karen says:

    WOW thanks for the fab tips as I have never made an ATC before so this was really helpful to me 🙂

    Have a fab WOYWW and a fab week, Hugs, Karen xx #49

  13. Zoe says:

    Congrats on the #1!

    Can’t wait to start having a play with ATC’s. Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #66

  14. Jan Ltc says:

    TFS xx Jan 56

  15. SusanLotus says:

    You ATC´s are lovely!
    It´s going to be great fun to see everyones cards at the celebfration! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the template. I find it very useful.

    Have a nice day!
    Susan, nr 57 WOYWW

  16. kath says:

    Hi…thanks for today’s crafty snoop…gorgeous ATC’s and thanks for sharing your hints and tips…happy WOYWW…hugs kath (44) xxx

  17. BJ says:

    Thanks for all the tips, especially the 12×12 template.

  18. Julia dunnit says:

    Ooh that’s a great template Ramona, thanks!

  19. wipso says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m an ATC virgin 🙂 I’ve now made my first two and am really hooked. I’ve really enjoyed using my skills to make tiny examples of what I do…..what fun….there will be more [when I can find time!].
    A x #47

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You have the advantage of being able to make some gorgeous fabric ATCs because of your awesome sewing skills! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂

  20. Spyder says:

    Fabulous, never really thought about how many you could make from a 12×12 scrapbook sheet! I usually use card, or ATC packets, but haven’t been able to get any for months and months. Thank you for my crafty snoop! Have a great crafty week.
    HapPy WoYwW!
    ((Lyn)) #47

  21. Ali Wade says:

    Happy WOYWW. Congrats on being No.1. Thanks for those ATC templates – I have always used ‘shop-bought’ ATC blanks, but useful to know that I could cut out my own. Ali x #46

  22. Miriam Grazier says:

    Lovely atc’s. Thanks for sharing.


  23. Zoe Young Kirkby (@CraftygasheadZo) says:

    Helpful, thank you. I am a first time ATC-er but am looking forward to creating something that will be sent out to someone to keep. Take care, enjoy WOYWW this week, I know I will! Zo xx 73

  24. Darla says:

    Thanks for the information, I am straddling the fence.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Happy WOYWW and many thanks for this post … very helpful and I like the idea of getting out my leftover bits of card and pre-cutting bases ready for inspiration to strike 🙂 Have a great day, Elizabeth x #68

  26. Peggy says:

    Thanks for the template on how to cut the ATC great help yours look great thanks for sharing
    Peggy C

  27. Twiglet says:

    That’s a great help – I have never made one before so it will be fun having a go. x Jo

  28. Liz Black says:

    Thanks for the tips on ATC’s . I’m an ATC newbie so all help gratefully received and what a fab tip for the 12×12 papers!!! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Woyww week : ) Liz at 138 x

  29. I must get a start made on my ATC! Haven’t even thought about it yet! Been ages since I’ve done any! I used to use old playing cards for mine! Got an old pack still lying around for it so I’m going to have a wee think later on when my paper work is all done and see what I can come up with!

    Thanks for sharing

    Jackie #102

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I started one with playing cards a long time ago but decided I really liked using heavy duty cardstock the best – like starting from a blank canvas and building from there! Just my preference though. Cards can make a really cool backdrop for your ATCs, particularly if you build them into your design! 🙂

  30. Great tip , thanXXX

    Happy WOYWW Wednesday!
    Hugs Marleen #8

  31. - KAT - says:

    I am a first timer …thank yu for a taste of what it is and how to proceed
    I DO want to be included in the fun exchange
    -KAT- #124

  32. Danielle says:

    Love the diagram for the paper cutting. Thanks for that! dani132

  33. Zeffy says:

    thank-you so much for these very good tips…

  34. Wow #1 on the list today. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on making ATCs.

  35. Jaki says:

    That’s amazing how you can get so many atcs from a 12×12 sheet.

    Jakix #78

  36. Thanks for the quickie ATC tutorial and inspiration. I had been thinking of ideas when I caught this nasty cold (I see in Julia’s comments that you are feeling poorly too). Anyway, any ideas I had have dripped out my nose so I must start over with new ideas. I don’t think I’ll be too artsy since that isn’t really my style (even if I do covet it). #150

  37. Hey there. Congrats on being number 1!!! Very cool. I’m glad you did a post on ATCs – I only just started making them a few months back and really do enjoy them. I need to do as you suggested – cut some bases in different colors for when inspiration strikes. Yep, that’s going on my list.

    I started following you on pinterest – it’s addicting, isn’t it.

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay #127

  38. kay says:

    fab atcs and thanks for the links
    have a fab crafty woyww
    kay #28

  39. Shoshi says:

    Great ATC tips! I’m still undecided as to whether to join in – I’ll think about it and see if inspiration strikes. I like the template for cutting ATCs from the 12 x 12 – not a lot of excess there lol!!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #84

  40. Charlene says:

    I’ve never made an ATC but you might have just inspired me to try. TFS!! #121

  41. Helen says:

    Thank you for the ATC tips – it will be my first ATC though I do make tags. I am looking forward to swapping with a fellow WOYWWer. Happy WOYWW to you Helen 50

  42. Anne says:

    hi there thanks for the tips I’ve only ever made 3 ATC’s but hope to join in with the WOYWW swap. Anne x

  43. Hazel says:

    Gorgeous ATCs and great tips – thanks for sharing (Hazel, WOYWW #95) x

  44. Alexandra says:

    Great post! Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve been wanting to dive in on some ATCs. 🙂

  45. Alexandra says:

    Great post! Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve been wanting to dive in on some ATCs. 🙂

  46. Okienurse says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie…bringing up the rear at #183

  47. Tracy says:

    Great tips and happy WOYWW! Warmly, Tracy #16

  48. Amanda says:

    Thank you for the ATC inspiration, still undecided as never made one before and am very much a cute card maker and these really scare me lol. Hugs, Amanda 104

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  50. Shar says:

    What a great way to maximize your paper! Awesome!

    Shar #182

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