Ed's Artist Trading Cards

Halifax ATC Group

ARTIST TRADING CARDS are a variation of the popular mass-produced trading cards available for sale all over the world. The difference is rather than buying them, you make them. This means that each card is an original work of art, or one of a small edition run that you can trade with other people who have created their own cards.

only one rule:

2.5" x 3.5"
64mm x 89mm

ANY AND ALL MATERIALS and techniques are permitted (drawing in pencil, pen, marker, chalk or crayon etc., painting, photographs, collage, found materials, mixed media -- anything!). There is only one rule-- the cards should be the same size as traditional collector cards: 2.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall (64mm x 89mm). On the back you should sign and date your cards. If they are part of an edition you should number them as well.

in person
by mail

HOW YOU TRADE is entirely up to you... 1 for 1, 2 for 1, whatever you feel they are worth. You can trade cards on, that is you can trade cards you have received in previous trades (known as a "second generation trade" or "trading forward"). Of course you are not compelled to trade with someone if you do not like their cards.

The Trading Session or "TS" (when two or more people meet in person to trade cards face-to-face) lies at the heart of the ATC concept. There is also a thriving community of people who trade by mail.

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