Sign-Ups to this swap are now closed – thanks so much everyone!
After the big success of the first Very Berry Handmade Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap, I promised another one before the year was out, and September seemed like a good time to get going, before we all start to get distracted by the C word. Here’s the lovely logo, using one of my cards from the first round:
In case the concept is new to you, Artist Trading Cards take inspiration from collectible trading cards that have been popular since tobacco manufacturers hit upon the idea of giving them away free in the 1880s. I remember collecting football stickers and sticking them to my bike back in the 1970s – but the ones that we are going to be swapping will be a bit nicer to look at than 1970s football stars with bad perms…
The idea is to create a stitched/textile work of art to send to your partner. You can use any techniques that you like – it’s a fantastic opportunity to have a go at something new, on a very small scale. Before you decide to sign up, please read the rules and essentials very carefully…
This time round the swap is limited to 40 people – to keep it manageable for me!
- Your ATC must be 6.4cm by 8.9cm (2.5″ by 3.5″), but you can use the card in either portrait or landscape orientation. Don’t make the card too thick though – no more than 3-4mm (1/8″) please.
- The ATC must be predominantly textile, but you can use any techniques that you want to try, e.g. embroidery, patchwork, beading, cross-stitch, fusing fabrics, colouring fabrics, using fabric paints or ink stamps. There’s masses to choose from – here’s a link to the Flickr group for our ATC swaps – there is some brilliant work here.
- The back of the ATC needs to include, at the very least, your name and the date. It is also preferable to include your email address, and, if you have given the ATC a title, you can include this too.
- You will make 1 ATC and received 1 ATC in return. Serious bit: Before signing up, please think for a minute whether you can put aside enough time to make something lovely and thoughtful for your swap partner, and whether you will be able to meet the deadlines.
- Please sign up by leaving a comment on this post and dropping me an email at veryberryhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com by Thursday 12th September.
- I will send you an online form with a few questions (just a bit of basic info for the swap) on Friday 13th September and you must respond by Tuesday 17th September. Partners will be assigned by 20th September.
- It will be a secret swap so please don’t let your partner know who you are!
- Participation is open to anyone anywhere in the world (the ATCS wont be too pricey to send), so please be prepared to send overseas if you join in (but I will *try* to make exceptions if you are really stuck for cash… just let me know).
- Cards must be posted during the week 4th – 11th November (or a little earlier if you are posting overseas and you can manage it).
- Please do not include anything else in your parcel, except a little note to say hello!
- Once you have sent your ATC, you must get in touch with me to say that it has been sent.
- Once you have received your ATC, you must get in touch with your partner to say thanks.
- You don’t have to have a blog, but it is very helpful if you join the Very Berry Handmade Textile ATC Swap Flickr Group – it’s a great way of recording progress and asking questions about making your ATC.
- If you blog, use FB, Twitter or Instagram, please feel free to share your ATC swap progress.
I haven’t decided on a theme yet… so theme suggestions are very welcome when you sign up! If there are a few we can have a poll to see which is the most popular.
Here’s the button for you to use on your blog, if you want to share.
<div align="center"><a href="http://veryberryhandmade.co.uk/2013/09/08/its-atc-time-again/" title="Very Berry Handmade ATC Swap"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5468/9701482287_64c227ecdb_m.jpg" alt="Very Berry Handmade ATC Swap" style="border:none;" /></a></div>