When I received this month’s Midwest Stamper’s swap from partner Barb Ingerson, I was amazed…. The Zoo/Orange themed ATC (Artist Trading Card) was full of friendly and fun faces! The animal images were bordered with colorful animal print papers, and stamped bamboo! The interactive ATC was also 3-dimensional.
I’ve had several questions in the past about ATC swaps… what they are, where to find them, etc. At the end of today’s post I will address those questions and more, hopefully answering all of your questions! Barb also sent several Panda panels along with her ATC… so I thought I should also incorporate at least one giant panda into the mix! LOL, hadn’t made my swap yet… but knew I’d better step it up a bunch to reciprocate her beautifully executed ATC Swap!! Not having any animal print papers, I chose to use Pumpkin Pie Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper and the Zoo Review Stamp Set! What’s a zoo without the majestic lion? The lion takes his throne, blinged out and bordered by silver glimmer paper and basic rhinestone jewels! And of course, we must have a few loyal subjects surrounding the king of beasts! These images were stamped, colored and them punched using a 3/4” circle punch. The punched animals were attached to the ATC using stampin’ dimensionals (aka pop-dots) and positioned slightly outside the 3-1/2” ATC horizontal border. This is the “open” or inside view of my zoo/orange MWS swap… I wanted to make sure the other animals were not visible when the card was opened…Letters were cut from the background paper of the panda prints which Barb sent along with her ATC. The letter “Z “ was cut from strips of the border and the “O” letters were punched using the small circle from the itty bitty punch pack, and then centered and punched using the tiny oval punch. The giant panda was fussy cut and glued dtp (direct to paper), leaving a puddle of red beneath the image to anchor it.LOL, I resisted adding a warm gray shadow to the panda… the image seemed dimensional enough as is. The giraffe image from zoo review was punched using a 1/2” circle punch and smaller punches left over from creating the “O” letters.
Readers often ask me how to find an ATC swap group. There are several swappers within the US and around the world, but first there a few things you should know about ATC Swap groups!
- There are several different types of ATC’s as well as ATC swap groups! Some groups are reserved for hand drawn and/or hand painted art pieces, allowing no stamped images. Others are exclusive to stamp art pieces.
- Just about every ATC Swap group will have rules by which the members must abide… similar to any other swap group, there will be a number of swaps, quality of swaps, themes, embellishment/layer rules.
- Signing, numbering and dating your swap is a must! If it is a single, one for one swap for instance, you would put 1 1/1 on the back/signature block. If it is a group swap where you are swapping 10 for 10, you would put 10/10 meaning you sent ten and get ten back. If the moderator kept one and you got only nine swaps back, the numbering would be indicated by 10/9.
- On my swap for instance, I put the following information:
MWS Swap Oct. 2012
Sharon Field 1/1
This particular swap has a swap database and contact list… but if it didn’t I might also include my email address and/or blog information on the back of the swap.
- The Midwest Stampers Swap group is a yahoo group and a monthly one for one swap which must be postal by the 15th of each month. LOL… anyone can squeeze out just one swap, right?
- Other swap groups may look for multiples of one design… and yet other swaps are done round robin style…. where the particular ATC travels the globe and each artist adds a bit before passing it along.
- There are all types of swaps, including family or ‘kid friendly’ swaps! So the kids can get involved too!
- To find ATC Swap groups, Google “ATC SWAP GROUPS” and just go from there… you can also log into yahoo groups and use the same search term. A note of caution: If the yahoo group hasn’t been active in a while, skip it ;) . Splitcoaststampers and Papercraftplanet are among other online stamping forums where ATC swap groups may be found too!
*** Although most ATC Swaps are 2.5” x 3.5” in size, there are also mini ATC Swap groups… so be sure to check what you’re signing up for before proceeding!
Happy Swapping! And thanks for visiting my blog today! I look forward to reading your comments!
Shop my online stampin’ up store for supplies used in today’s October MWS ATC Swap Zoo / Orange Themed Zoo Review ATC Card.