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Artist Trading Cards

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What are Artist Trading Cards? - Artist trading cards (commonly referred to as ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized "swap" events, either in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5" × 3.5".


How did the movement start? - In 1997, M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception.


How do I trade cards? - Today there are ATC swaps in almost every major city around the world. You can locate an in-person swap in your area, find an online swap, or organize your own swap. There are a number of Web sites that others have created to help artists get started.


Don't forget the accessories - Protect your collection of ATC's with our all new, specially sized Krystal Seal Artist trading Cards Archival Storage Bags and Artist Trading Cards Eternity Boxes, available for order below. You may want to order some envelopes, too. They're the ideal solution for mailing your cards to other artists when trading on-line.