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Artist trading cards to create and share

The Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup Group recently hosted a Mardi Gras-themed Artist Trading Card swap. I love their creativity! As you can see, the results are stunning! I was so intrigued by their creations, I asked Cheryl K. Lee, organizer of the group, to share what she knows about ATCs:

What are Artist Trading Cards?

"ATCs are small pieces of art that are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. It's challenging to work on the small size but good creative things can come from a little challenge. We started doing occasional Artist Trading Card swaps a little over a year ago to expand our creativity."

How did your group get started making ATCs?

"There are many online groups that exchange ATCs, but we like the added bonus of getting little pieces of art from people we already know. Swap participants are limited to 10 or 15, so sometimes we have multiple groups at the same time to accommodate everyone who wants to participate."

Are there rules and themes for creating ATCs?

"There is usually a theme (Mardi Gras was our most recent theme) and often rules about what can be used on the ATC. For our swap, you must use a rubber stamp or a photo or a metal embellishment. We like to challenge ourselves to use items that we already have in our craft stashes rather than spending money to buy new things. Then you start thinking about what you can put on the ATC to portray the theme. It is fun to see what techniques each person uses for the same theme. Many ideas used on the ATC's can be used in our scrapbooks and vice versa."

Tell me about your scrapbooking group.

"I discovered the Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup Group in January 2007. Many of us thought we were the only scrapbookers in New York City 'til we found the group! We have crops (scrapbooking parties) about three3 times a month. Most of the events are unstructured. At the crops, we share tables, work on our own projects and socialize. It's fun to see what others are working on, but we don't have classes.

Most of the crops are free although we have held a Scrap Pink fundraiser crop for breast cancer research in September for the last two years. We also have our Crop & Shop event a couple times a year. This is a chance for our members to sell craft items they no longer want. Non-members are welcome to shop and there are exceptional bargains to be found!

Members also make greeting cards for various charities. One of our favorites is Operation Write Home. OWH sends our handmade cards to deployed troops for them to use to write home to their friends and families."

We are mainly a scrapbooking group that has some other events to keep things interesting. Getting together provides motivation as well as a chance to chat with others. People must be members of the group to participate in crops and swaps. There is no charge to join the group, but applicants should have some scrapbooking experience because there are no classes or instruction."

To learn more about the Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup, visit its Web site.

For more information on Artist Trading Cards, check out these online resources:

Art in Your Pocket

ATC inspiration from Lisa Vollrath

Trade your cards internationally

Photo caption: Mardi Gras-themed Artist Trading Cards created by members of the Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup. From left, creations by Deanne Daloia, Cecilia Meehan and Joi Fulton.

 

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