Back in February, I was browsing through Erin Harris's lovely blog & I noticed she and a friend were organizing a kids' ATC swap. What is an artist trading card? Why, I'm glad you asked.
An artist trading card (or ATC for short) is a tiny, original piece of art created with the intention of swapping or trading it with another artist, not selling it. The one rule an artist trading card must adhere to is the size. An ATC must be 2.5x3.5 inches or 64x89 mm. (Why? That's the size of the original collectible sports trading cards.) --from about.com
Here is the original announcement on Erin's blog, which is called House on Hill Road:
I signed up Pumpkin & Cowboy for the swap & we had a wonderful experience. Each of them loved getting the mail from other children around the country. (They each mailed 5 cards and received 5 cards.) When it was all said and done, there were 900 children who participated in the swap. What a fun way to get the creative juices of little people flowing!
Here are a few of the cards produced here at our house.
(1) Pumpkin loves using watercolors.
(2) Cowboy used watercolors and colored pencils.
Being involved in the swap gave me a wonderful excuse to buy this stamp from Catslife Press to use on the back of the ATCs. (the back is supposed to have the artist's name & date, etc.)
There was also a flickr pool created for swap participants to share photos.
We were shocked to have snow in early April--very unusual! It was so much fun. (until we lost power, that is.) :-) I just uploaded a few of our snow pics to my flickr account.