4th ATC Swap Round Up

So, another ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap has come and gone – it was fun, although I was really sorry not to have been able to join in myself (other than organise it of course..) due to severe lack of time. I am not at all sure I would have been able to keep up with the amazing work that the swappers produced – interestingly, there were some really different techniques used this time round, especially by some of the regular swappers, it is brilliant to see all the branching out and experimentation. These are some of my favourites from all of the awesomeness in the Swap Flickr group. The theme was ‘Getting Away From It All’ – it was great to see the different interpretations:

Claire's ATC

Getting Away From It All: Bubble Bath by Claire of Made at Mine

Love the brilliant techniques, stitching and beads used on this one. It’s also a really fun interpretation of the theme.


Christina's ATC

Getting Away From It All by Christina of Sew Brewtiful

That cute little ricrac insert really sets this card off, and I love Christina’s use of an image printed on fabric with the stitched balloons – a lovely idea.



Simi's ATC

Getting Away From It All: Alone on a Beach by Simi of Buttons and Paint

 Love the stunning texture that Simi has incorporated into this – and the wonderful blues of the sea – it’s so evocative.



Karen H-R's ATC

Getting Away From It All by Karen H-R

 Karen’s card is so sweet, neat, and just adorable. That sweet edging really pulls it together too.


Dianne's ATC

Getting Away From It All: Out of Africa by Dianne (aka Quiltova on Flickr)

Dianne’s stitching is so full of life and fun and the colours are very evocative of her theme. Great pic and use of a photo holder for the card too.


Stitching Notes ATC

Getting Away from It All: Knitting by Larisa of Stitching Notes

The adorable mini-knitting! The cute little knitting needles! The gorgeous little bow! The fab easel and the wonderful reading material (can’t resist a stitcher using great books as props!)


Artyparrot ATC

 Getting Away From It All: Off We Go by Katrina of Arty Parrot

Bunting and a stripy caravan with button wheels? What’s not to LOVE?


Hope all the swappers have enjoyed this as much as I have. We will be swapping again come early November, with a Christmas/Winter theme, so keep an eye out if you want to join in.

It’s that ATC time again…

SWAP FULL – thanks everyone!

It’s time to swap some textile Artist’s Trading Cards! Regular readers know that this is a big deal round here at Very Berry… This is swap number four, and I know there are people patiently waiting to sign up. The swap will be limited to 40 places, so if you want to join in, move quickly, places usually fill up in a couple of days.

ATC Swap 4 button


1) What’s an ATC?

ATC stands for Artist’s Trading Card, and it’s basically the 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.

Books/Reading ATC by Sue Deere
ATC by Susan Deere

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.

ATC by Lu Crosbie
ATC by Lu Crosbie

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.

Spring ATC by Sian Slade
ATC by Sian Slade

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:
    1. be the right size.
    2. fit the theme.
    3. 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).
  • The theme is ‘Getting Away from it All – please feel free to interpret that however you like!
  • Please sign up by leaving a comment on this post and dropping me an email at veryberryhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com by the end of Monday 28th July. I will send you an email with a few questions (just a bit of basic info for the swap) on Tuesday 29th July and you must respond by Friday 1st August. Partners will be assigned by Monday 4th August.
  • 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 you are really stuck for cash… just let me know).
  • Cards must be posted during the week 8-12 September (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 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.
  • 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.

That’s it for now – leave a comment if you are in! Oh, and here’s a little button if you want one for your blog.

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