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Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make an Artist Trading Card

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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:

  1. Invented as a collaborative art performance by M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997.
  2. Called ATCs for short.
  3. Small artworks sized 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches ( 64 mm × 89 mm ).
  4. ATCs are never sold. “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”, or ACEO for short are the commercial version of ATCs.
  5. 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!


Going Batty ATC by Amanda S Byron www.faeryink.com


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.)

Go here to grab the ATC Halloween Sentiments and Back Labels =D


Come get in on the Faery Ink Halloween 2017 swap! =D


Have a Haunting Halloween!


Happy Halloween!

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Daydreamer, faery believer, dandelion wisher, artsy bookworm, fortune-telling witchy woman. I draw pretty girls with wings and things so you can bring them to life with color... I'm the artist behind the digital stamps here at Faery Ink. I live for my family & for making pretties. I'm an Aquarius with Cancer moon & rising. (So I'm a little eccentric and my feelings run super deep). I love to make stuff, draw, paint, cook, read, play guitar, bargain hunt, read tarot & runes and listen to music. I'm trying to love living a more active lifestyle, but I'm an introverted hermit so active's not so easy!

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  1. Fiki
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    its gorgeous !
    love it!

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