I’m still rather shy sending out Artist Trading Cards but I finally signed up for a swap at Swap-bot.com and came up with the ATC on the left and sent it on its way to Australia. I’m just hoping that the recipient doesn’t feel short-changed when she gets mine. I tried — I’m still learning.
It was supposed to be a motivational ATC about being beautiful and believing you are, so rather than put in some profound quote, I just went for a straight-forward admonition. Ta-da!
I used some handmade paper from Manila, a heart from a wallpaper trim roll (bought from the dollar store), and I just put that “button” of sorts there with some scrap handmade paper and abacca twine. That button actually proved to be the real challenge, but I got it together and I think it filled up what I thought was too much blank space somehow. (Read more about how I did it here . The link takes you to gothamchick.com)
I’m trying to go slow for now but I am enjoying learning the basics of ATCs and as I have always loved to create, I am truly having a ball making the cards. I am thankful for the generosity of many experienced artists who are very open to helping me through my learning process. Some are already sending me cards. I can’t wait.
Special thanks go to Raine, a friend from a Filipino postcard trading group who draws her own ATCs, and to Katherine of the same group who urged me to join Swap-bot. Raine and her ATCs are another post altogether. She also introduced me to ATCsforall. (Another blog post on that coming.)