Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ATC vs. Mini ATC - Which way do I go?

I enjoy creating ATC art regardless if it is the traditional size or the mini size.

 Traditional Sized ATC - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.
 Multi layers including punched out tags, clip art, and rubber stamping.
Background is stamped with image by Stamp Camp.

For those of you who are wondering, What the heck is an ATC? ...

An ATC (Artist Trading Card)- is a small work of art contained in the size of 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and would easily fit into a sleeve protector that would hold trading cards like baseball cards.  Traditionally ATC's are to be traded and not sold.

An ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) - This is basically an ATC that is sold as a work of art rather than traded.  The art community gave them a slightly different name since some ATC collectors insisted ATC's were only to be traded and not sold.

A Mini ATC - are even smaller than the traditional ATC. These little gems are only 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches in size.  They can be fun or frustrating to create since you have such a small canvas size to work with.

  Mini ATC - 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches
 Rubber Stamped background and vintage clip art image.
Rubber Stamp Scrip is by Stampin-Up

Most ATC artists create in the traditional 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch size and the majority of my ATC's are in the traditional size but there are times when I will create a Mini ATC. I find Mini ATC's are great when you have spent a lot of time on a project that just did not work out the way you wanted it to.  I salvage this work by cutting it up and creating mini ATC's from these blunders and mishaps.

This is a large scene that I was working on for a "Blue Christmas" card but I was having a lot of trouble with my inks bleeding and I just did not like how it was turning out.  
I did not want to "trash" hours of work, so... 

 I cut it up the botched artwork and created 2 Mini ATC's. 
I call them "Minstrel & Muse"
  - both rubber stamp images are by Judikins.

Here are 2 Mini ATC's I made using digital images of my antique articulated paper dolls. 
The brads allow the dolls to "fold up" so that they conform to the size of the card.

And these are regular sized ATC's using digital copies of one of my antique articulated dolls. The Yellow is the original color and I created the orange and red buy printing the yellow doll pars then carefully applying ink to change the color.

Grins and Giggles,
 Evelyn (EKDuncan)

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