Reported by Fabrizio Martellucci
If you haven’t heard of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) yet, where have you been ? They’re a fun medium and are increasingly becoming more popular among cardmakers and other paper crafters alike.
‘An ATC is a small piece of card 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2…’
An ATC is a small piece of card 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 and it’s decorated on one side and the other side contains information about the author of the artwork, date it was made and some various details you wish the include.
Apparently, they were born out of necessity by a Swiss artist who thought that the usual business cards being exchanged were boring so started to create one offs or series of ATC to exchange with fellow artists. The paper crafters took it on and now they are being exchanged at craft fairs between crafters.
‘…ATCs are never sold but swapped/exchanged…’
Please, note that ATCs are never sold but swapped/exchanged for another ATC. They can soon become collectable too. The fact they are similar in size with baseball cards means there are several storage solutions to keep them safe and dust-free. Just a word of warning as they are addictive so if you have a collector streak in you, you’ll definitely enjoy making them and exchanging them online and offline.
‘Artist Trading cards by Leonie Pujol‘
There are several publications out there, but for the intermediate and advanced ATC creators this book from Leonie Pujol will really inspire you.
The premise of that series is to have small reference books on specific subjects to inspire you. And the authors, in this case Leonie Pujol, are challenged to make 20 creations on particular subject.
- Easily Inspired
- Decoupage Creations
- Creative Background I and II
- Stamping I and II
- Stickers I and II
- Stencils I and II
- Decorative Papers I and II
- A Touch of metal I and II
- Embellishments I and II
- Memorabilia I and II
- Taking it further I and II
Leonie’s samples are stunning, and she really gives you so much scope for trying new techniques and stretching your crafter’s ‘legs’. I challenge you not to feel a ‘get up and craft’ after reading her book.
My favourites ATCs in the book are the Panda ones and the ones in the Memorabilia section. There are a few oriental-inspired ATC that I simply adore and they got me crafting that’s for sure.
Here are some ATCs I made taking inspiration from Leonie’s Artist Trading Cards book:
- Small book can be easily referred to quickly as the section are well laid out and concise
- Very good examples and fully illustrated throughout
- Instructions given to all 20 main ATC linked to the section
- I would have liked just the one step by step for at least one project which would have kept the total beginner happy
- Only for Intermediate and Advanced paper crafters
- The two other variations shown don’t have instructions with them
‘I wanted Leonie to sign her book I bought but forgot it at home…’
I thoroughly enjoyed the book; I bought it over a year ago and I’m glad I re-read it for this review. I also need to tell you an anecdote, I was extremely fortunate to meet the author Leonie at a workshop she did for a cancer charity fundraiser recently.
I wanted Leonie to sign her book I bought but forgot it at home, lucky me, she was selling her book at the do and I bought it again from her ! So I told her ‘that’s total dedication for you’ we both laughed about it! So I have a spare one to ‘abuse’ and the other signed one to cherish. She’s an amazing lady and I’m glad she’s got a presenting job in a well known shopping channel in the UK. I feel really fortunate to have met her as she’s an outstanding crafter.
I just want to give Vanessa Ware from Search Press a heartfelt thanks for supplying the extra pictures and allowing me to scan two pages from Leonie’s book Artist Trading Cards.
If you have purchased this book and it has inspired you, please let us know, we’d love to hear your comments and see your creations !