Firstly, Start with the size in mind. Artist trading cards are generally 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. This is the size of playing cards and other trading cards. You can even start with mismatched playing cards as a base for collage or altered item artwork. Then, Cut the background material to size, to make a colorful craft card ATCs need not start white. Than, choose your media which is you may start by cutting card stock or heavy paper to size. If you work in another medium, such as leather or fabric, you may either cut it to size or work so that the finished result is the correct size.
You may express yourself or show your style, using your preferred medium or media, if you can do it inside of 3.5 x 2.5 inches, you can make an ATC. Drawing and painting are easily done at this size, but so are plenty of other arts, including quilting, photography, crochet, leather work, metal work, and collage. After that, Work somewhat quickly. You don't need to be careless when making an ATC, but there's no need to work your masterpiece in miniature, either. ATCs should be simple pieces that you're willing to give away when you're done. You Make lots. You'll need a selection of cards. Remember that you will be giving your cards away. "Lots" can be relative. It could be half a dozen or a few dozen, depending on how many you expect to trade. You may Show your style. Is there a particular palette or medium you prefer or a technique you've been exploring lately. Sign your cards and attach contact information, if you choose to. An email address or website is a good compromise if you'll be giving these cards to strangers. Than, give the title to your work. The title is optional, but it will give your recipients or viewers a context in which to view your work.
Share your ATCs, the whole point of ATCs is to trade with other artists, so once you have a selection of cards, trade them. That is the way to share your ATCs. Find artists or groups in your area that trade cards. Attend gatherings of artists in your area, and remind them to bring ATCs to share. Carry them with you as you would business cards, so that if you find an occasion to trade or give away a card, they are with you. Spread the word. If your local artist community is unfamiliar with artist trading cards, you may have to give away a few cards or offer them with a request for one in return before you get many back. Organize a gathering to swap ATCs. Let people know what ATCs are about, and get together to try trading some. Look on-line. There are on-line groups that will match you up with others the world over who can mail cards in exchange for yours. Finally, Collect others' ATCs. Because they are the size of other standard trading cards, most will fit in trading card sleeves. ATCs should be as unique as the artists who create them, so enjoy the selection. Start a collection of atc's and try to get as many as you can.
This is some tips about ATCs that we can share.While it's true that some people sell artist trading cards, it's customary only to trade them (their true purpose, according to purists) or perhaps give them away. Think of them as you might think of business cards: a small sample and reminder of your greater work. If you find yourself with a card or cards you especially like, you could scan them before trading them, or simply keep those for yourself and make more. It's customary to make ATCs by hand, but that doesn't mean you couldn't place a sample of your work on a business card and treat it as such. You can use ATCs as a form of networking, to help get in touch and keep in touch with other artists in your community. Always try to exchange trading cards. It's up to you if you want to give some away without receiving any in return, but never take ATCs without permission, and try to give one anytime you receive one. Because ATCs are small, they are an easy and fun way to try a new medium or technique. While the purpose of ATC's is to trade, not sell, those who are interested in creating these wonderful works for profit, it would be more appropriate to list them as ACEO's (Art Cards, Editions, and Originals). These are more often made for the purpose of sale, and by labeling them appropriately we don't take away from the ATC namesake tradition. All creation rules are the same for ACEO's as they are for ATC's.