Inspired by…artist trading cards

Artist trading cards…little treasures of original artwork. Fun to create and very fun to receive. I have written before about the how and why of artist trading cards before here.

I just received these two cards last week.Theme ~ Flying

artist trading cards, ATC
Lovely Liza of Liza Zeni ~ art, design and inspiration
Her beautiful, very unique, illustrative work definitely resonates with me.
artist trading cards, ATC
Kelly Hoernig ~ where nature meets creativity
Very talented mixed media artist. I love her creative use of materials. I can’t stop looking at the card she created for me..and it can’t stop looking at me…

I have them propped up on my window sill. Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of them and I cant help but smile. I love them.

There is something very special about receiving a little piece of artwork from someone you have only connected with on the internet. I read their blogs and follow their creative journey. Now..I have a little piece of them.

That is special.

I also have to admit that it is ,oh ,so nice to receive actual handwritten mail.My children were very envious.

These are the two cards I created for the swap.

artist trading card, atc's , kelly rae roberts

artist trading cards, ATC, kelly rae roberts

All of this giving and the wonderful feeling it generates has inspired me to play more! I have just signed on with my Kelly Rae Roberts Flying group to participate in a monthly ATC card swap. You can check out their cards here on Flickr. Our theme for this month ~ Dreams and Wishes

My current dilemma is how to display them so that I ,and others visiting, can enjoy. Everyone seems to loves these small works of art.

artist trading cards, ATC One idea is to store them in these trading card folders. This one I commandeered from my sons Pokemon collection. Supposedly these folders can be picked up at any toy store. A bit too plastic for my liking. I think they deserve something a bit more for their presence. Great for storing though.

artist trading cards, ATC's

Another idea I had for them was to display them like any artwork. You could base it on theme or color. I just placed these in randomly, but I am liking the idea. As I write I am also thinking it would be interesting to frame just one with a big mat. That could make quite a statement.

Oh, just thought of something I saw on Pinterest. Off to find it..

After: Handmade Photo Frame

So far, this is my favorite! I think I would use smaller clips though. I believe I have seen really small clothes pegs at Michaels
Handmade photo frame (with the how-to) courtesy of Talia Christine

Would love to hear of any other ideas that may be floating around out there. If you have a link, please include it! Thanks!

Christmas Carol Singers at our doorstop. A yearly tradition around here that I love!

6 more days!

We wish you a merry christmas..we wish..


8 thoughts on “Inspired by…artist trading cards

  1. Love those cards, and yours too. (the the caroler’s are too cute) I’ve purchased those smaller clips at both Wal-mart and Micheals. Happy Holidays! Kim

  2. Julie….I love the last idea also. I’ve bought those little pegs from the craft store….I dont think they’ll be too hard to find. I’m going to make some ATC’s over the Summer hols…How do I find a group to trade with? Or do I make one? Clue me in on the way it all works as I love the whole idea and havent really heard much about it here in Australia….will be emailing you later today re the collaboration idea…wishing you and your family an amazing holiday season filled with cuddles and giggles
    Tracy xo

  3. i just love seeing all of these atc’s together like this! i haven’t created any in a long time…thank you for the inspiration! and so lovely to connect with you!

    best wishes!

  4. Hello beautiful, what a gorgeous post, I love the ideas that you’ve come up for to display your treasured ATC’s. It’s got me thinking now about different ways we could display them. I’m with Tracy too on not having heard of ATC’s here in OZ before you lovely ladies in our Flyers group organized our monthly swap. Maybe we should start another ATC trading group…Tracy, Jules, what do you think? I love this snow on your site, very subtle and beautiful! Gosh I havn’t seen carol singers since I was very little and living in Perth. What a lovely tradition to keep and that must be beautiful having them all on your door step. Merry Christmas dear friend xxx

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