How To: ATC

When I first looked into Artist Trading Cards or ATCs all I could find were complicated tutorials filled with specific instructions guiding one to create a very specific ATC but not guiding newbies to learn what ATCs are all about.

So from this newbie to another this is how I have started making ATCs:

  1. Cut pieces of cardboard into pieces 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  2. Paint with gesso – In order to make a surface that is more easily worked with.
    1. What you do next is up to you. You can paint, water color, draw, collage, use ephemera, die cuts, fabric, string, ribbon, lace, tule, twine, any medium imaginable really. Im going to describe how I would continue making a basic ATC.
  3. Cut pieces of vintage paper into 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pieces
  4. Cover one side in modge podge
  5. Then place down on cardboard.
  6. cover the top of the paper in modge podge for a glossy or matte finish.
    1. Next is where you make each ATC different from each other
  7. Dig through ephemera, die cuts, scrap paper, lace, ribbon, and other decorations for what you wish to decorate with.
  8. Apply to ATC with Modge Podge one layer to stick it on and one layer to seal it off.
  9. Additional options to decorate:
    1. Distress ink sides for a vintage look
    2. Water color or regular paint
    3. Add string and paint over for 3D
    4. Rip paper scraps for a more authentic look
    5. Stickers
    6. Fussy cut images
    7. Possibilities are endless!

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