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ATC=Artistic Trading Cards

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ATC’s? Yep. 
Artistic Trading Cards.  They are
little pieces of art.  (2.5”x 3.5” to be
exact.)  The idea is that people make
unique individual small cards and then trade with others who also make
ATC’s.  Groups can meet once a month and
trade cards of a similar theme.   Often
online groups form where participants mail the cards to each other.  I have been around crafty type people who just
don’t get it.  They frequently ask,
”But…why? What do you DO with these things?”

 

Well
you collect the mini masterpieces and in the process you develop a creative
little community of friends who inspire you.  And it is FUN. Imagine baseball cards–without the gum.  Like any other card collector, after awhile
you can accumulate many cards, and you do need a place to keep them.  I decided to create a book to contain all of
my ATC’s.

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My
book is made out of a cardboard box and masking tape.  I cut the covers and the spine- decorated
them and connected the parts together with the masking tape.  The pages of the book are baseball card
plastic sleeves.  I punched holes in the
spine to line up w/ the plastic sleeves and used May Arts twill to bind the
album.  In less than an hour I made a
custom book perfect for ATC’s!
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Recently,
I was invited to be a part of an ATC group.  They work with a new technique every month.  MASTERBOARD is the technique for an upcoming
month.  I had to do a little asking about
that since to me it sounded like it dealt with computers or chess.  I was told to take a 12×12 piece of
cardstock, make a collage and then cut it up. Then you will have your cards to
trade.  That sounded interesting to me,
so I went to work.  Often ATC’s are
stamped and flat.  I seem to be unable to
make ANYTHING flat.  The need have
texture, buttons embellishments is just to great,so I adapted the masterboard idea and this
is what I came up with:
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I cut the board up into
2.5×3.5 rectangles and loved the results. 
Here are a few of the ATC’s made of my masterboard:

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I
loved the masterboard idea so much I kept going.  This time I took a piece of canvas fabric and
glued it to cardboard.  Then I painted
and stamped.
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(The stamp is one I had
made out of my handwriting and design.) 
I took a different turn from masterboard technique at this point.  I cut my cards and then completed them with
ribbon, bling and some crayons.

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Blog Posted By:  Leah Farrar-White

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  1. IndyCinD

    Hi Leah! We’re so happy to have you in our group! Wish you lived closer so you could come out to play with us once each month, but it’s fun having you as an ATC penpal. Love what you did with the masterboard concept! And you actually touched on our subject for November – “Make your own books – no special equipment required!” You must have ATC-ESP 😉 Cindy

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  2. Kathy W

    I create ATC’s that I then incorporate into my cards. I’ve never seen masterboarding; this is a way cool idea that I’ll have to try. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Rusty

    Leah, I love the mini-masterpieces. Thanks for explaining masterboarding. I had never seen that before.

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