Please excuse the cheesy photoshopped pic… but I am keen to get going with the next ATC swap sign-ups and have no time for the fancy stuff! Hopefully it gives you a bit of a giggle anyway!
So, I wonder if there are new readers out there who haven’t read my textile ATC FAQs yet, and haven’t got a clue what I am on about? Here they are, just for you:
Textile ATC FAQs
1) What’s an ATC?
ATC stands for Artist’s Trading Card, and it’s basically a creative, unique and arty version of a business card.
2) OK, so what’s the point of an ATC?
It’s a way to be creative on a small scale, try out new techniques and skills in a non-threatening way. Lots of people collect these mini pieces of art, swap them, and give them as gifts.
3) Ok, I’m interested, tell me the details – What size is an ATC?
Your ATC must measure 3.5″x2.5″ (6.4cm by 8.9cm) – about the size of a business card. You can use the card in either portrait or landscape orientation. Don’t make the card too thick – no more than 1/8″ (3-4mm) please.
4) But what’s a textile ATC?
The majority of your ATC must be fabric and there must be at least a little bit of stitching involved. But otherwise, the world is your oyster. You can use any techniques that you want to try, e.g. applique, embroidery, patchwork, beading, cross-stitch, fusing fabrics, colouring fabrics, using fabric paints or ink stamps, you can even include crochet, weaving or knitting.
5) I’m really interested – where can I see some textile ATCs?
There is a Very Berry ATC swap group on Flickr, where you can see photos of cards made for previous swaps.
6) Wow – they are brilliant, I’m in, where do I sign up?
Hang on, read the rules first!
You will make 1 ATC and receive 1 ATC in return.
Your card must:
- be the right size.
- fit the theme.
- include your name and the date on reverse (you can include your web address/email and the title of your card too if you want to).
So, the moment you have been waiting for, the theme! This time round, the theme is ‘My favourite…’ – please feel free to finish the phrase however you like! You can use your favourite song, book, film, building, view, meal, flower, person, fabric, technique, place, memory…. The list goes on.
Sign up by leaving a comment on this post and dropping me an email at veryberryhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com by 6pm on Wednesday 1st July. I will send you a questionnaire with a few questions (just a bit of basic info for the swap) by Friday 3rd July and you must respond by lunchtime on Monday 6th July. Partners will be assigned by Tuesday 7th July.
It will be a secret swap (you will not be sending to the person you receive your card from) 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 I can – you can let me know on the questionnaire).
Cards must be posted during the week 24th-28th August (or a little earlier if you are posting overseas and you can manage it). As this is holiday season for some of us, please get in touch if you need to send early/late because you will be away from home during posting week. Don’t let that put you off joining the swap.
Please do not include anything else in your parcel, except a little note if you like!
Once you have received your ATC, you must get in touch with your partner to say thanks… (I know, I don’t need to say this…!).
If you blog, use FB, Twitter or Instagram, please feel free to share your ATC swap progress, and definitely share pictures of the ATC you receive from your swap partner, if you can. Use #veryberryatcswap on Twitter and Instagram please.
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. Also I would hugely appreciate your commitment to responding to the couple of progress update emails I will send out during the swap. Thank you!
Regulars on this swap will tell you what fun and how addictive these swaps are, so please, do join us!
Oh, and one last thing, the swap is sponsored by the wonderful stitchy shop, Cloud Craft, and Very Berry readers have a 10% discount there until 31 July with the code ATC. Enjoy!