Over at Craftster.org, 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):

Budgerigars

Goldfish

bearded lady

Brain

heart with wings

Owl with mouse

Seahorse

Old Fashioned Typeface

Yellow Umbrella

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