Some Artist Trading Card Resources

Textile Artist Trading Card with using selvages or selvedges
My June 2016 Artist Trading Card under construction!

As I know people always have concerns about putting together their Artist Trading Cards, I thought I’d pull together some links to some of the posts that I’ve written and that guest swappers have written over the years. Other sources of inspiration are the Very Berry ATC Swap Flickr Group (please do load your pics there if you are a Flickr user), and did you see my film on YouTube?

ATC Top Tips

Tips from Bekki on sizing and design.

Labelling at Artist Trading Card

Mini-tutorial by me on using Transfer Artist Paper to label the back of your card.


ATCs and the creative process

Some fab thoughts from Catherine on bringing your ideas together.

ATC construction ideas

Some practical ideas for creating the shape of your ATC from Carley.

Finding your ATC inspiration

A great post about bringing your ideas together by Susan, including a pic of Ryan Gosling to distract you..

Making your own printed fabric for your ATC

Mini-tutorial by me about how to print our own unique piece of fabric for your ATC – you can print the back too. I think this is my favourite way to present the info on the back of the ATC. Remember, you need to include the title (in this case you could use the theme, ‘Small Things’, your name, the date, and means of contact – email, IG name, etc.).

Another way to construct your ATC

Mini-tutorial by me showing another way of putting an ATC together, layer by layer.

When your ATC goes missing

Staying philosophical if the worst happens… a post about the post by me.


And finally – do keep in touch with me during the swap, and feel free to come to me with any questions you might have. Thanks so much for swapping along!


My Artist Trading Card collection

I made a film! First time ever for me, and I can’t believe I kept rabbiting on for 10 minutes and only lost track of one word… (in a semi-senior blank mind moment). It’s all about my Artist Trading Card collection, with some hints, tips and ideas for swappers – there’s also plenty of wobbly camera work and a surprise appearance by some Blu-tack. Hope you enjoy watching it all the same..!

If you’re interested in signing up for the swap – here’s more information about the swap, dates, rules and the link to the sign up form.

Huge huge thank yous to everyone who has clicked on the Donate button up there on the right. I am so overwhelmed by your support, it makes a big difference to me, to my ability to keep blogging and run swaps. Thank you!


Artist Trading Card Swap 11: Sign up time

I have been struggling to squeeze organizing swaps into my schedule this year, but I am missing them so much and regular ATC swappers have been asking, so we are DOING THIS!

ATC swift
My latest ATC – It’s called ‘We’re all leaving’ and is inspired by migrating birds

What’s an Artist Trading Card?

If you are new to ATCs, here’s what you need to know:

ATC guide

Making an ATC is a way to be creative on a small scale, try out new techniques and skills in a non-threatening way.  All you need to remember for this particular ATC swap is that it is a TEXTILE ATC swap:

  • the card needs to be mostly fabric
  • there must be a little bit of stitching involved. 
  • the card must not be too thick – no more than 1/8″ (3-4mm) please
  • you must put your name and date on the back of the card (plus title and email address if you like)

If you’re still a bit unsure of what all that means – why not check out the the Very Berry ATC swap group on Flickr, where you can see photos of cards made for previous swaps?

The Theme

The theme this time round is ‘Small Things’. You can interpret this however you like. It’s fine to be literal or you can just dwell on what the words conjure up for you and go all metaphorical. It’s all fine with an ATC.

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. People who drop out of contact with me and don’t make deadlines without a good reason will be blacklisted from future swaps – I’m really sorry to have to do that, but I have to spend a lot of time chasing people up, and it’s not fair on other swappers.

The Dates, Rules and Other Info

  • You will make 1 ATC and receive 1 ATC in return.
  • 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!
  • Your card must be the right size and fit the theme, be named and dated on the reverse of the card.
  • You can sign up for the swap by completing this Google form by midnight on Sunday 8th October. Partners will be assigned by the end of Monday 9th October.
  • Participation is open to anyone anywhere in the world (the ATCs won’t be too pricey to send), so please be prepared to send overseas if you join in (but I will *try* to make exceptions… just let me know on the form).
  • Cards must be posted during the week 4-8 December 2017 (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 friendly note or card.
  • Once you have received your ATC, you must get in touch with your partner to say thanks.
  • Please keep in touch with me by email and let me know when you have posted and received your ATC.
  • Although Flickr doesn’t seem the image sharing platform of choice any more, please think about loading photos of ATC to the Flickr group, I’d love to keep that going.
  • 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. Please use #veryberryatcswap to tag your posts.

Looking forward to seeing all your lovely creativity!

Supporting Very Berry Handmade

Now for the serious bit… I have decided to stop taking sponsorship on my blog so that I have more freedom to write what and when and how often I like. I pay a fee to keep the blog advert free. I also spend a lot of time managing the swap, assigning partners and making sure everyone gets an ATC (I estimate at least 12 hours per swap). If you would like to make a small donation to help support my blogging and swap administration, I’d be very grateful. It would also mean I could run more ATC swaps and mini-hoop swaps too. Thanks – and thanks to the generous people who have already donated, can’t tell you how much it means to me.

Make a donation

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