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As their name indicates, ATC are collectibles, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The one rule that makes an ATC derives from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm.

To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged, as the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (1/8, 2/8...) if it's part of an edition. By definition ATCs are made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind. Unique ATCs are called originals; sets of identical ATCs are called editions and are numbered; sets of ATCs that are based on one theme but that are different are called series. Don't be intimidated by the concept of small editions or originals: very few people are anal about this. What most collectors really want are cards that were made with care. Based on that, numbers are meaningless.

That's all! The above is all you need to know to start making your own ATCs. Common sense dictates that they should be sturdy enough to survive mailing, and of reasonable thickness (unless you specifically want them otherwise. Transparent card sleeves are useful to protect the cards if need be. This is particularly true if they can easily get smudged or if the medium might stick during transport.

- from http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html

For more info about ATCs, try:
Ed's ATCs


Make an ATC envelope: The Template

Added, 08.30.05
Due to the recent and growing trend of folks selling ATCs, this community is (and has always been, as far as I can tell) for trading ATCs, only. Any posts with links to your ATCs (or any other name you call them) for sale on ebay or anywhere else, will be deleted. Do not advertise for other people who are selling their ATCs here.

If you wish to sell your ATCs (or ACEOs), there are other communities you can advertise in:

artcardauctions looks like it's quite busy and links to ebay auctions are happily accepted. In fact, the whole point of the community seems to be to advertise your cards that are listed on ebay! :)

faery_artcards is just about the same idea as artcardauctions, but with a faery theme.

There's also ZNE, which will, for a yearly membership fee, allow you to use their call letters in your ebay auctions to help you get more sales, amongst other things. They welcome all sorts of multi-media collage art and they have some amazing artists on their roster.

I'm sure there are yahoo groups as well but, yahoo is more difficult to hunt through.

This community is for trading and will always be for trading.

Finally, please get in touch with a maintainer if you wish to post an advertisement to any other community OR if you wish to advertise anything that does not have to do with ATCs. Posts of that nature, which have not been approved, will be deleted.

Added, 09.05.06:
Please, please if you see a post with what you believe to be inappropriate content, come and tell a mod about it. Do not, I repeat, do not take it upon yourself to tell someone that their art is wrong or offensive in some way. Basically, if the content or art is not being sold and is not illegal and it's 2.5 by 3.5, I may ask that something be put under a cut, but I don't want to see people removing their posts because someone else took issue with it, please.

If you, as the artist, think that your art may be something 'triggering,' please post it under a cut with a bit of a warning, but do not be afraid to post it!

Censorship will be as close to nil as I can get it in this community. Critiquing is one thing; telling someone what they've done is wrong, is another.

We're proudly affiliated with swapcard! Have a peak at their community if you would like to trade cards of a larger size! (4x6 in)

*Please Note: The one and only reason this community has a moderated membership is to keep spam out. All human beings are welcome; you're not going to be denied membership unless I see that you're a bot.