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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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Peace, Love and Art from Chicago by Shellie Lewis, 14.8 x 21 cm, paper and object collage on recycled food box.

Lyubomyr Tymkiv is an artist seeking to hold a collage art gallery show in Lviv, Ukraine and he is requesting submissions to curate. The art needs to be donated because it is for a non-commercial event and not able to be mailed back to artists. The size needs to be 14.8 x 21 cm with an interest to “Show Your Vision” in collage and assemblage using “newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or handmade papers, other portions of artwork or texts, photographs or found objects glued to a piece of paper or canvas.” Per the host: “Only original art works are to be accepted.” Art needs to arrive before September 1, 2014.

I went through my paper scraps and magazine images and made this collage today.  I used a cereal box with YES! Paste bookbinding glue and some E6000 epoxy glue. I will be mailing this artwork soon. Please let other artists and members of the mail art community know about this wonderful event and that they are welcome to mail art to support this exhibition.

Original blog post you can forward to people is here:…  Please share with people in the artist trading card and mail art communities. Let's all help support this art show.
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Haawan Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for letting me join! :happybounce: 
ARTG33K74 Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's open to everyone! :D Thank you for coming.
Haawan 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 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 Dec 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOLOL Happy Holidays anyway! Heart 
Creating2smile Dec 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thumbs Up Just wanted to that this group is wonderful and thank you for noting the difference between ACEOs and ATCs it is VERY confusing when people don't do that.
Angela Taylor
Have very happy holidays!!!Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 
ARTG33K74 Dec 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Zaichick, founder & original owner deserves the credit for putting that up. I'm being the strong arm of booting any sales stuff in the description or image. Also,m if another bird brain puts their business cards on this group, I may flip out. 6_9 Some nice designs, they have nothing to do with the group though! I think I will just tear them down without comment in the future. 
Creating2smile Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ok. :happybounce: I'll just leave your group. Wouldn't want to be another "bird brain" as you said.Although, really I just wanted to share my art. I have loads of sites other places though,so no worries.Hug 
ARTG33K74 Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Art is fine, digital art is fine, just that industrial promotional work and ACEO sales are not a good fit. ☺ ATC culture is its own subculture and people that are new to it are not aware of some of the guiding principles of the medium. I learned so much from the first six people that mailed trades with me, so now it's time to share it forward. 
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beehivesandbouffants Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm hosting an atc mail art swap. check out my page for more info! everyone's invited!
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