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Artist Trading Card

April 4, 2011

Welcome to another week at the Penny Black Blog. We have a fun challenge ahead, all about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Here’s Designer, Angela Kennedy’s ATC to get us started;

A little about ATCs; Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm), and small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold. They are a perfect platform for stamping, as you’ll see in the coming week – you can check our Gallery for ATCs created by our Designers. Angela used Penny Black stamps, 40-047 “Delicate Pattern“, 40-048 “Paisley Outline“, 30-067 “To You“, and 30-014 “Salutations“.

Angela also generously provided the antique photograph she used for her ATC…just right click on it to save it to your computer, print, and use!

I guess you know what this week’s challenge is about – Artist Trading Cards! Create a new ATC using Penny Black stamps and load it into our Gallery tagged with “pennyblackatcby Midnight PST on Sunday night. Our winner will receive the transparent stamp set used to create the flower in Angela’s ATC, “To You“, along with our new Mix & Match Cardstock. The winner will be announced in Tuesday’s post (as always!). Good luck, we’re so excited to see what you do with this challenge.

We showcased and gave away several packs of our new Mix & Match Cardstock last week and here are our winners! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. Congratulations to…

Paula Ponton (PEP) March 28, 2011 5:57 am
Cathy P in AZ March 29, 2011 7:39 am
pinky March 30, 2011 12:55 am
Sue McRae March 31, 2011 12:32 pm
Sharon Gullikson April 1, 2011 12:52 pm

Congratulations ladies, please email me with your postal addresses at and we’ll ship your prizes. We have a whole lot more for you this week, stick around!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 12:07 am

    this is the cutest ATC i have ever ever seen… so adorable!!!

  2. April 4, 2011 12:08 am

    this is so adorable! beautiful details. gorgeous ATC!

  3. pinky permalink
    April 4, 2011 12:29 am

    Thanks so much for the win, super happy for a Monday:) crikey I love this atc. The little girl has come alive with those gorgeous blossoms.

  4. April 4, 2011 1:18 am

    what a lovely ATC. I love the ones that have these antique images.

  5. April 4, 2011 1:48 am

    Gorgeous ATC….love how she is holding the oversized flower too.

  6. April 4, 2011 3:54 am

    So cute! Love how that old photo image was jazzed up with all the little details. 🙂

  7. April 4, 2011 5:08 am

    What a FAB ATC… so adorable. Love that photo – thanks so much for sharing.

  8. April 4, 2011 7:40 am

    sweet ATC. We do them monthly at our stamp club.

  9. April 4, 2011 8:01 am

    Cute cute! Love that photo so much too. I love how u make the little girl holding huge flower.too cute.

  10. April 4, 2011 8:11 am

    Sweet ATC, Lovely Angela!!

  11. Cathy P in AZ permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:17 am

    LOVE this ATC – that antique photo is priceless! Awesome!

    And THANK YOU PENNY BLACK for the wonderful cardstock I won!
    I am SOOO excited to try it out! 🙂 That made my Monday!

  12. Marie Moore permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:05 am

    Angela, your ATC is darling and has inspired me to begin making ATC’s again . I just love your techniques and the stamps you used. Thank you for sharing your card with us and also the antique photo!

  13. April 6, 2011 1:40 am

    So vintage and it is so nice to include real photo into the ATC!

  14. April 6, 2011 2:38 pm

    OMG! This is so awesome and beyond creative. Love this Angela!

  15. Denise Bryant permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:21 pm

    Very sweet! I love this idea! Lots of great details too, like the flowers on the dress.

  16. Katie permalink
    April 7, 2011 1:12 pm

    Wow, once again, this is beautiful! I love the ribbon at the wings and the punched flowers at the bottom of the dress! How amazingly and wonderfully creative! I wish I could do this. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!


  17. Cathy A permalink
    April 7, 2011 11:57 pm

    Angela, amazing ATC and thank you for sharing the image, I just adore how you have coloured her.

  18. April 8, 2011 12:06 am

    Love this vintage ATc!

  19. Yulis Kartika permalink
    April 8, 2011 6:42 am

    so beautiful details, thank you for sharing …
    I wish I could do this, wish can make a ATC too … 🙂

  20. April 9, 2011 6:57 am

    I’m so happy to have found your blog and you’ve inspired me to created an ATC using your adorable little “romantic dog” stamp. It’s one of my favorites! ♥ Do you have any more of these in the works? Hope so!

  21. December 14, 2012 11:05 am

    Thanks for this! very nice your job!

  22. November 26, 2013 5:29 pm

    very awesome! 🙂

  23. February 20, 2018 12:58 am

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