With the ATC the crafter has totally free hands to do whatever (painting, drawing, collages, stamping, 3D pictures…), only the size is regulated. The card must be exactly a certain size (64 x 89 mm). This is because - as I have understood - they can fit into the pockets which are meant for collectible cards. These can therefore be collected in the same pockets as for example baseball cards (although film stars and bands was more my thing when I was younger). Another thing that you have to remember is that you are not allowed to exchange cards that are given to you. A card is only exchanged once.
In the back of the card you write the card title, the author's name and the date. In the case the card is a part of a series, it must say how many there are in the series (f.ex. 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3). In addition, you can write if the recipient is allowed to publish a picture the card. I started as a tip from other crafters to number my cards. That’s why there’s “SV2” at the top. This way you can follow how many cards you make. :)
And then I present these three ATC cards more closely.
Note to self: I have to draw the pencil lines before I put the paste. Otherwise the circles don't get so nice. :)
In the following card butterflies are flying free as ideas from a lamp, which was nicely combined with the phrase I came up with. The background paint is distributed with fingers. Here I tried micro-sized beads for the first time. The butterflies have tulle under them to highlight them from the background and to give them more airy wings. :) The lamp is also stamped and cut out. In addition I inked the edges a bit. As a decoration I put self-rolled flowers and one other flower. I wrote the text by hand again and decorated it with a stamp.
Last year, I did a bike card (link) and I wanted to make an updated miniversion of it. I stamped on the green paper (although you can’t really see it) and put paste through a stencil again (I just love this technique!!). The bike is stamped on the cloud paper directly and one cloud was highlighted with a pencil. Between the "grass" and "heaven" is a ribbon, lace, flowers, stamens and diamond stickers. I like the handwritten style which I did here as well.
I have already done many other ATC cards that I will present to you a bit later. I hope you got also interested to make these tiny cards and if you would like to exchange them with me, let me know! You can contact me through my e-mail or via my facebook page (link). I’ll happily exchange cards, that’s why I made them! :)