Swap full – thank you everyone!
Ok, time to breathe a bit of life back into this here blog! I’m determined to run 3 ATC swaps this year, I thought we’d better get started… We have had 2 brilliant swaps so far, and I am really excited to be getting going again.
If you don’t know what an Artist Trading Card (ATC) is, here’s a quick introduction. Trading Cards have been around for decades in one form or another. Little cards featuring famous sports people and other celebrities were included as freebies in cigarette packets, and these cards quickly became collectable. Art trading cards are a reinvention of this idea that started up more recently, with artists and crafters enthusiastically swapping and building up collections. The only rule basic rule is that the cards must measure 3.5″x2.5″, although there are a few other rules for our swaps!
The idea of this swap 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…
The swap is limited to 40 people so hurry if you want a place!
- 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.
- 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 Tuesday 18th February.
- I will send you an online form with a few questions (just a bit of basic info for the swap) on Wednesday 19th February and you must respond by Saturday 22nd February. Partners will be assigned by 24th February.
- 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 14th – 18th March (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… ideas I have come up with: Spring, My Favourite Book, Peace or Hope, but feel free to suggest your own 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, just copy and paste the code:
Swap full – thank you everyone!