March Artist Trading Cards

Over at, I”ve been participating in the monthly Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap.

I’ve never done ATCs before — in fact, before becoming addicted to Craftster, I only had a vague notion of what an ATC was. If you’re like me, here’s an ATC explanation from Wikipedia:

Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold.

By participating in the March ATC Swap, I discovered that I love making completely distressed ATCs. Here are my ATCs from March (themes based on the interests of my swap partners):



bearded lady


heart with wings

Owl with mouse


Old Fashioned Typeface

Yellow Umbrella

5 comments for “March Artist Trading Cards

  1. Carolyn
    April 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Wow! I love the graphics you have used and the distressing is so flawless it appears as if these were treasures found in an attic. You are good! Interesting that one of your partners appears to enjoy wicked circus’s. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jivvy
      April 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

      Thank you — and no, I couldn’t believe I got to do another circus project so soon after the last one, lol.

  2. Terry
    November 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I love your ATCs! I would give anything to distress my cards like you. Do you give lessons? 😉 May I ask what you used for the owl image? Is it a transfer of some kind? Thank you!

    • Jivvy
      November 18, 2011 at 4:10 am

      Thanks, Terry! The owl is a piece of clipart — I believe it’s from one of Dover Publications’ collections, but it’s been long enough since I did this piece that I’m not 100% sure.

  3. Laura Aldridge
    February 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Love your cards. <3

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