Definition | Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media, wet media, paper media or even metals or fiber. |
Welcome to this the first of my ATC Wednesdays. I'll be giving you a couple of free ATC backgrounds each week which I hope you'll use as the foundation for something creative. It'll be two 2.5" x 3.5" cards ready to be decorated any way you fancy. Print them and use them as canvases for your hybrid cards - or do as I'm most likely to do every week. Create something digital - and then print them.

I did ATCs even before I knew what they were. I just called them art post cards and I love the format. Small enough to be an easy way of finding creativity on a busy day and yet large enough to get whatever is on my mind down on paper. 

Clearing my head is a major reason for me to even be doing art journaling, so what's not to love about these small creative outlets?

I figured since it's Easter or it will be tomorrow I'd make something related to the holiday.  To the left is one of the cards I created for myself. Somehow I knew the instant I put the 'Thou shalt not' on the card that I would follow it with a 'be afraid'. There's so much going on in my life and at times I'm tempted to let my fears take control and give up. 

Thou shalt not be afraid. 

Important words to be reminded off when life feels overwhelming. 

Apart from the background I used digital supplies from Tangie Baxter and Rebecca McMeen. I love their stuff.

And as it was with the first, so it is with the second. You can't really see the original background. I started out with the words and I might have gone a bit overboard with paint and doodles which are from the talented ladies at The Lilypad and their monthly art journaling subscription called M3.

Looks like I didn't get much Easter into my cards this week but I guess since it isn't really Easter quite yet it's okay. They are however both very much an indicator of where I'm at in life right now. Which is also why I called the blog Creating... a fairly fabulous life because I guess that's what goal is, right?

Seek and ye shall find

The only problem is that I'm not entirely sure what it is I'm looking for. I could say something like happiness but honestly what exactly is happiness and how do you know you've found it?

So now you've seen my cards it's time to show me what you can make of these two backgrounds. I'd love for you to share a link to whatever you create in the comments.


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