Artist Trading Cards and Art Cards

I’m creating original artwork the size of trading-cards.


Making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are a great way to try new mediums and techniques. Have you heard of these wonderful little treasures? ATCs are small original artworks done in any medium or style. They are meant to be traded with other artists around the world. This is done in person or by mail. The only rule is that the card itself needs to be 3.5 by 2.5 inches.


A Swiss artist by the name of M. Vänçi Stirnemann came up with idea of making cards to trade with other artists as a Collaborative Cultural Performance. This was back in 1997 and artists are still getting together to swap cards or finding each other online. According to M. Vänçi Stirnemann’s original vision, the cards are not meant to be sold.[1] If you are going to sell cards that you make then it’s best not to call them ATCs. I call trading-card sized artwork that won’t be used to trade, ‘art cards’.

For my first series of art cards and Artist Trading Cards I'm using collage techniques, ink and watercolors. Stay tuned for more cards... This is only the beginning.



1. “Artist trading cards.” Wikipedia®, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 12 December 2017,