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ATC 101

What is an ATC/ACEO?

ATC = Artist Trading Card
ACEO = Artist Card, Editions and Originals

An ATC/ACEO is a 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch piece of artwork. It can be made of any material or crafted out of any medium.

The difference between an ATC and an ACEO is that an ATC is a one of a kind card and an ACEO usually is not. An ACEO may be an original work for sale, a work in a series of works or a digital print. An ACEO is intended to be sold, which is why someone may make multiple copies. An ATC is intended for trading only and is not meant for sale. Sales offers and advertising will be removed from the group: this group is for display and trading only. If you want to put a separate image of the ATC up [post a copy on deviantART without any sales element] and submit the non-commercial Deviation to this group that is fine. I am dropping any cards with sales links, prices or marketing indicators. You will see the message: "Hello, please no prices, sales links or ads for the #ArtistTradingCards group. The group is for display and trading, not for marketing. Please resubmit the image without the sales information if you want it shown in the group."

How do I trade an ATC?
First off, be aware that trading ATCs means you'll actually have to mail the card out to another person, and they'll be mailing one to you.

Contact the artist you wish to trade with, either by a Note or Comment. You'll either be trying to trade for an already made card you saw that you'd like to have, or you'll be asking the artist to create a new card for the trade.

If they agree to the trade, they'll either ask for one of your already made cards, or ask you to create a new card as well.

Before agreeing to trade (or deciding you want to trade), be sure to check WHERE the artist lives. Admittedly, it is usually $1.10 (at least from the USA) to ship an ATC anywhere in the world, but many trades can add up.

If you're uncomfortable giving out your address acquiring a P.O. Box is recommended.

Don't send out your address right away - wait until they've agreed to the trade and selected the ATC they want you to mail (or you've finished making an ATC for them).

When you finish your ATC, consider gluing it to a solid core (recycled packaging material like a cereal box works well), to give the ATC a solid core. You can also add the title, your name, your country, your website and the date the card was made to the back, so they'll always know where the ATC is from. Considering using an ATC label or decorative paper on the back of your card.

For sending the ATC itself mail it in a cardstock (really thin cardboard) card. You can usually buy a pack of blank greeting cards for this. Plastic sports card "penny" sleeves (100 for $1.00) or heavier sports card collector holders are helpful to mails ATCs. Add a note about the process of making the card and a thank you inside the card.

You can also buy mini envelopes to protect your ATC. Mini envelopes are becoming more available at art stores, and are just big enough to hold an ATC. You can also make your own, fine free patterns online. Chinese gift money envelopes also work well. However, mini envelopes are too small to be mailed in the USA, so they would still have to be placed in a larger envelope.

Putting the ATC inside something stiff and using plastic helps protect the card in the mail.

When the ATC you traded for arrives in the mail, you should send a Note to your trading partner to let them know the card arrived safely.

Some tips on materials to make ATCs: artisttradingcards.deviantart.…

More questions? Feel free to contact ARTG33K74

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I discovered that galleries on are limited! I had been archiving traded cards on the site and that was working out fine, until I hit whatever numerical or memory-based limited there is for users and could not upload any new ATCs available for trade. What to do, what to do? I settled for deleting older work and any collage cards.

Flickr was my previous go to for an online archive. It is nice to be able to show people prior work if you are working on a trade for a custom card. ATCs you made grouped together show your skill level and may offer ideas if the person is not decided on what to request. I was about to get a paid account for Flickr, since I hit the limit on uploads for the free account. Then Flickr did the massive, messy new Web 2.0 design of scrolling tiled thumbnails. My primary problems are that it is a visually cluttered design and the new design jams my slow speed internet connection. I wound up bailing on Flickr and leaving whatever art I had uploaded there alone.  

Maybe I should have been putting my ATCs up on my WordPress blog. It just seemed that I do too many and that ATCs are only one facet of the blog. A group of ATCs seem nice from time to time. Putting every single one up that I make would be boring and repetitive. They could maybe fill their own blog but I have enough blogs to write and make images for right now. I don't want to add another blog to my blogroll.

Unless Google wants to throw a nice big server my way, I'm out of ideas for archiving online. I use dA as a community, showing more of my higher level work, and do not use it as an image archiving resource. I do save my own scans on my hard-drive at home. It seems there is not a good location for the sort of ongoing gallery of prior work I would like to create. At least, expecting to have that kind of online memory storage for free is not likely.
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ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
If you get multiple messages regarding cards for sale / marketing, please note that I input the message for each Deviation I remove from the group. If you want to submit work to the group, please remove any sales references. Any business cards put on display here, I am just removing. This group is for display and trading of original, hand-made artist trading cards. Thank you~!
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
thanks very much for the request, hopefully someone will want to trade for my card. (there will be more!!!)
Zaichick Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope they do too! good luck!
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014   General Artist
thank muchly! after that one i got into the idea and did a collage and some paintings. yay!!!
Zaichick Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Haawan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for letting me join! :happybounce: 
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's open to everyone! :D Thank you for coming.
Haawan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quickly checking though, do we submit everything to the Featured folder or am I having a glitch of some sort? That's the only option it gives when I'm trying to contribute some art. :) 
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, new work goes to Featured. If it is full, it will bounce and I need to clean it out. Let me know that it works. 
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Creating2smile Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOLOL Happy Holidays anyway! Heart 
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