Playing with ATC kits


What is an ATC?

For those of you who know what an ATC is, you can skip this part. For those of you who don’t, here’s the scoop. ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. It is a small card that is 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches in size, the same size as a baseball card or a standard playing card. The cards are not to be sold, only traded. You can use any form of art media in this small space. Some people paint, others collage or stamp. The possibilities are endless. According to Wikipedia, this practice was started in 1996 in Switzerland. Most people credit an artist named M. Vänçi Stirnemann for starting the current popularity of Artist Trading Cards.

Review of the Kits

I bought several ATC kits from These kits were very inexpensive at about $1 to $1.25 each. Lisa, the owner, puts together some really fun kits packed with lots of goodies. I like to use these kits when I don’t feel like sifting through all my paper and embellishments to design an ATC on my own. I just want to sit down and do a little crafting.

The kits from are in the collage style, which is one of the styles I like to do. The kits are so generously packed that there is a significant amount of things left over after making one ATC. If you add another quote, a printed image or a stamped image, you can easily make another ATC with the leftover supplies. There are many different kits on the site to choose from. New kits are created often, about every month, so there is always something new to see.

The online store is also stocked with charms, collage elements and other items you might want to use on an ATC of your own creation. One of the things I like about the store is that the charms are sold individually. Many times, I see a charm that is really cute, but it comes in a package of several charms. I usually need one piece for my project and have all the others left over. At, I am able to buy only one charm at a time, which I really appreciate. And of course, they are reasonably priced.

So head over to for some easy, inexpensive ATC fun! Click on “ATC Kits” and scroll down to find your favorites. It looks like the February 2011 and the July 2010 kits I used are no longer available, but I saw so many other fabulous kits that there are plenty for you to find something you like.

My ATC Project

I am eventually going to finish a series of twelve ATC kits that I bought. The theme of each kit will be related to each month of the year, at least loosely. I want to make a small wall hanging like this to display the cards all at once. It will be fun to look at when I am finished and see all the details that make up each card.

These are the four kits I used.


January ATC kit 2014 Red Riding Hood


February ATC kit 2011


July ATC kit 2010


June ATC kit 2014 Floral Beauty

These are the cards I made with the kits. 


“Little Red Riding Hood” So cute!


“A Valentine Special” Love the vintage valentine image.


“Celebrate Freedom” I struggled a bit with this one. Can you tell?


“June Wedding” Such a pretty image and colors.

All I had to do was add my own adhesive, both regular and dimensional. I plan on putting together another 8 more kits. I’ll share those with you when I finish them.




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