A year ago I introduced my 52 Card Pickup artist trading card kit! I have sold oodles of them since then, mostly as gifts, or as an experience to be shared. As the holiday season approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share a bit about some of my most popular gift items.
Artist trading cards (ATCs) are little bite sized pieces of art that are quick and fun to create, trade, and collect. They make a perfect project for the new artist and the experienced one as well.
I have worked hard to gather and prepare a nice set of goodies for you to create your own mixed media artist trading cards using a standard deck of playing cards (included) as the base. I have made oodles of these cards myself, and love the fun format of using playing cards. For one thing, 52 cards (there will be a few extras) is a perfect number for making a weekly art journal project in a nice little bite size project. They can be kept on a binder ring (also included in the kit) or in the box that the kit comes in. So many options for using these!
- Standard deck of playing cards. These are 2½ x 3½ inch cards to use as the base of your artist trading cards.
- Plenty of precut papers to paste on the card to make a base layer.
- The ephemera pack is full of little hand cut treasures and bits ready for you to glue onto you cards.
- A cute little bottle of adhesive (may vary from the photo) for your small project and can also be used to seal your finished cards.
- The collection of embellishments can be glued onto your cards to add a dimensional touch
- An unmounted rubber stamp
- The stencils include atc sized punchinella, plastic canvas, and a texture sheet.
- The binder ring is a great option for storing your cards by punching a hole in the top
I am especially impressed with all the little HAND CUT ephemera all ready for using on your cards. I have spent hours cutting tiny little pictures out of magazines and gathering stamps, tickets, and any other interesting little bits. This will really speed up your own creating!
These would be a great, doable sized, weekly project to begin for 2017! I think I may give one to myself and add a family photo (wallet size are perfect!), quote, or bit of art to a card each week. By the end of the year I would have a great little artsy scrapbook memento of the year! Other ideas….
- Gratitude cards – have each guest make one, or a few, as a Thanksgiving activity
- Christmas ornaments – simply punch a hole at the top to hang from the tree!
- Scripture cards
- Gift tags
- weekly art journal cards