Learn how to create a simple, interesting, artist trading card
In this week’s how to, we’re going to put together a simple, mixed-media artist trading card.
Because I want you to have something to swap in the Faery Ink Halloween 2017 Artist Trading Card Swap 😉
Don’t know what an Artist Trading Card is?
No worries! I’ve got you covered with this little video below:
The Nitty Gritty:
- Invented as a collaborative art performance by M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997.
- Called ATCs for short.
- Small artworks sized 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches ( 64 mm × 89 mm ).
- ATCs are never sold. “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”, or ACEO for short are the commercial version of ATCs.
- ATCs are usually labeled on the back with the artist’s name and date of creation. It’s common to include contact information (email/url), title, edition and swap information.
Time for you to get started on yours!
You can use any digi, including something you’ve already colored up, or if you want to use Ophelia Vamp Juice (and you didn’t grab her already) you can pick her up here: Ophelia Vamp Juice Digital Stamp. I’m making mine for the Faery Ink Halloween swap. I chose a vamp to fit the Halloween theme.
In this tutorial we’re not going to go over how to color the digi.
We’re focusing on a few basic mixed-media techniques to compile an ATC =)
Here are the materials I’m using in the video:
(These are affiliate links where possible, for your convenience.)
- Ranger Embossing Powder ‘Clear’
- Ranger Embossing Powder ‘Snowflake Tinsel’ (optional)
- Ranger Embossing Pens ‘Black & Clear’
- Grumbacher Deluxe Transparent Watercolors
- Ranger Distress Ink Stamping Pad ‘Black Soot’
- Strathmore 140lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
- Gel Medium (works as a clear drying super hold glue)
- Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
- Glue Dots
- Double-sided foam tape
- Cardstock to print your back labels out on
- A pen to fill out your back label =)
Have a Haunting Halloween!