You don't have to limit yourself to creating ATCs for JAMS and SWAPS.
Let your imagination and creativity soar and allow yourself to create some
ATCs just because it's fun,
or it feels good, or you have something to say.
Then, you will have a stash of cards that someday
you might want to trade with other ATC artists.
The only hard and fast rule is that the finished card must measure 2.5" x 3.5".
You should also sign and date the back of the card and list the title of the piece.
Don't forget to take pictures of your ATCs before you set them free.
- Trading is swapping artist-to-artist with no specific theme or time frame.
For example: you want a card that I created, it's not for a JAM or SWAP
and I'm willing to trade with you for one of your cards, then we make a Trade.
NOTE: NO BULLYING ALLOWED ;o)
JAM = Just Add More
June did a survey of other ATC artists and it has come to our attention that
- A JAM usually involves 3 people.
- Anyone can start a JAM.
- The host picks or invites the participants.
- No theme is necessary unless the host want to have a theme.
- The host creates 3 cards with the same or similar backgrounds and the host can add an embellishment - or not.
- The host sends the 3 cards to one of the participants. This persons adds embellishments -
being sure to leave space for the 3rd person - then sends it
on to the 3rd person.
- The third participant adds embellishments and then keeps one card and sends the other two back to the host.
The host takes a card and sends one to the second person. That is the end of the JAM.
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG way to do a SWAP.
Your cards can be all the same, 1 of a kind, 2 of a kind,
3 of a kind, or whatever
combination you can think of. However the ATC Spirit moves you, is where you should go.
So, hang loose, get creative, HAVE FUN! - and Have A Margarita if you want one!!!
A SWAP can include as many people as the host decides
Anyone can host a SWAP
A SWAP usually has a theme. This is decided by the host and can include other rules.
(e.g.) The theme could be Christmas - the rule could be that
the cards have to be done in blue -
and/or have to include shoes.
The host sets the date that the cards are due to be delivered to her.
Everyone creates as many cards as there are participants.
Once cards are delivered to the host - they divide and distribute the cards to the participants.
That is the end of the SWAP.
Check out these links for more info and inspiration.
ATC Background Techniques
The Sum Of All Crafts
A Few of June's ATCs
June's Dancing Halloween ATCs
A Few of Jan's ATCs
Art In Your Pocket:ATC Basics
Last update: 4/19/2009