Hello, it's time for my fortnightly blogged design team make for Visible Image. You may or may not be aware that I organize a monthly artist trading card swap over in the customer Facebook group which will be celebrating a whole year of swapping next month. Whether you are a new stamper or a seasoned one you are most welcome to join us. Over 80 people, worldwide, have taken part since it started. It's been such fun and it's so lovely to receive a unique piece of art from your partner in the post.
So let's start at the very beginning. Artist trading cards (ATCs) were designed to be fun and swappable. They are tiny unique works of art to be traded never sold. An ATC must measure 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. This is the “standard” for them. For our swap on the VI page only VI stamps, stencils and dies can be used but all the inky products are up to you. Every month I set a theme as personally I find this easier to create for rather than "anything goes".
For March the theme for our swap was "signs of spring". So the first thing I did was to chose spring coloured inks and Visible Image products.
I went with the gorgeous
The Visible Image Facebook group swap is for a single ATC but I always make 4 as I keep one, give one to my granddaughter (who is also called Daisy) and the 4th goes to a lovely crafting friend abroad who I swap with. So I cut four 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch ATC backgrounds from my piece of card.
You can design ATCs in either landscape or portrait format and I often do 2 each way. I added a little background stamping to each ATC using the gorgeous script stamp in the tulips set and peeled paint distress archival ink. Just put the stamp in your hand, dab on the ink and stamp randomly. The more incomplete and random it is, the more it blends into the background.
It's called the Love of ATCs stamp set
Not only does it have a stamp to add all the info to the back of ATCs but it has some fun stamps for decorating your envelope if you would like to.
So here is what the back of my ATCs look like
I hope I might have answered a lot of your questions and perhaps even inspired you to join our next swap? The sign up for the next swap will open on 23 April, if you would like to join us. And a little heads up that there might be a little "something" up for grabs to celebrate our first year of swapping!
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