Tuesday, 24 April 2012

An ATC for WOYWW

ATC: Artist' Trading Card.  3.5" x 2.5" and traditionally made of card stamped, coloured, collaged, blah embellished to suit the maker.  Recently, 'chunky' ATCs have become popular, these are the same dimension but thicker - often pieces of wood, sometime up to a couple of inches thick and decorated on all surfaces. And fabric/felt ATCs are increasingly popular, and why not, it's meant to showcase your creativity after all. The idea was born in Switzerland; to make other artist's work accessible, which is why the purists agree that you should meet to trade the cards.  Obviously, for WOYWW, that is't going to work..but it matters not..your ATC will be a nice greeting to a fellow WOYWWer. Nice and simple as that. 

Here's a link to some frighteningly arty ATCs from an e-zine , and here's a picture of some of the ATCs that I've collected by taking part in postal swaps etc...sorry that I haven't taken them from their plastic sleeves.  I couldn't be bothered.  

You can see that the reverse is important...you must sign and date your mini work of art!

Now, here's how simple it needs to be for the WOYWW anniversary ATC swap.
1.  Make an ATC . (BEFORE THE DAY...it's no fun to keep your recipient waiting)
2.  On the day (week 156) when you add your name to Mr Linky, add an * asterisk to the end of your name if you're participating.  
3.  Contact the next participating person on the list - they'll be showing * with their name too.  Leave a comment or email them via their blog to get their postal address.
4.  When you've got an address, trot out and post your ATC to them.

And here are the 'what if's'
1. If you want to make a load of ATCs and share them with your regular WOYWW friends, then please do...in addition to honouring the commitment to send to whomever turns out to be your sendee on the link list.
2. Postage costs are an issue for some.   It is up to you how bumpy/layered your ATC is.
3. Participation is entirely up to you - there is no obligation to be involved; if you can't or don't want to, that's just fine.  It's a bit of fun; not a rule, not necessary to cement your WOYWW 'membership' or anything at all, actually.  
4. If you want to participate but can't because the day/date is all wrong for you, send an ATC to me..Ill swap out others in the same situation or trade directly with you.

71 comments:

Annie said...

Thanks so much Julia. I hope it wasn't just me who didn't know :-)
I will have to put my thinking cap on now :-)
Hugs,
A x

Helen said...

Great info Julia, I am sure anyone who hasn't made ATC's before will be all set to go. I also now need to get thinking.... You are such a STAR for doing this year after year, and on top of those fab badges too.... I don't know what I would do if it weren't for WOYWW on Wednesdays (other than maybe buckle down to some work...)
Love, Helen

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super info, I was wondering how it worked as not done it before, will see how I'm doing when it's time, but would like to take part if poss. Take care Zo xx

SusanLotus said...

Great initiative! I want to join! :)
Hugs Susan in Sweden

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

YAY . . . great idea . . . I'll be joining in . . . xxx

inkypinkycraft said...

Sounds fun and being a relative newcomer this will be my first year ..fab hugstrace x
Ps I missed quite a few weeks due to family circumstances, what are the badges about?!
Ta tracex

mamapez5 said...

I love making ATCs so I'll be joining in. I hope the next person on the list doesn't mind posting to Spain!
It's a great way to celebrate your anniversary. Kate z

Morti said...

Yay!

Sarah said...

Yipee - I am SO in! (Teenage talk there) this has brightened up my day which is mainly coughing at the mo...

Thanks very much indeedily, looking forward to it.

Rita said...

Count me in too Julia, I think its a great idea. Enjoy yout day. Hugs Rita xx

MvM-design said...

LOVE the idea!!

Twiglet said...

Thanks for that Julia - now all is clear I shall get my thinking cap on!!

Jumbleberries said...

Fab idea, love it, I'll defo be joining in.

Have fun.

Jumbleberries xx

Helen T said...

Hi Julia - When does WOYWW Week 156 actually fall???

Bella said...

I jumped the gun and made mine on the week-end hoping this would be the outcome of the suggestion on Wed...Can't wait, can you tell?

Neet said...

Great idea - now to get my thinking cap on - what should I do?????
Here's to week 156
Hugs, Neet xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ummmmm - not sure if I could make an ATC that small in fabric!! I shall do something else as I want to join in :) xx

Lynn Holland said...

Hi Julia,
Snap I've just done a posting on ATC's myself after being asked about them and I've invited people to swap with me.
I would like to link them across to you if that's okay to see your great collection and perhaps get them interested in WOYWW as well.
Thanks for sharing so much with us. I enjoy the sharing part of blogging myself.
Lynn x
One I Made Earlier Today

fairyrocks said...

I am not consistent in participating, so I had to go back and see when 156 would be. Nice to have a month to prepare. I LOVE atc trading and will be working on this one soon.
Keep smiling and creating and thanks for making the sharing fun!!

Jan McC said...

Just wondering, but isn't the standard size for ATC 3.5 X 2.5? No problem if you want the size you specified. Thanks.

sandee said...

So glad you cleared up all those little details, can't wait!! waving hi from the blustery hills of North carolina :)

Sherry Edwards said...

Lovely idea Julia - my asterisk is ready and waiting for the big day!

Redanne said...

Thanks for the info Julia, never made an ATC so a good challenge for me! I can't wait, I have met some really lovely people through your WOYWW so thank you for that too.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this is fabby Julia and a super way to celebrate...I have never made an ATC but it'll be fun which is what its all about...Mel :)

Catie Cuddles said...

This is a great idea... Looking forward to the week!

Carmen said...

Not played along in so long but would love to. How far away is that week Julia?

Rachel K said...

I like this. It's fun, but not too demanding. There's no way I'll freak over this!

Can't wait to play.

butlersabroad said...

Ooh err missus, an atc swap, great stuff. This will be the first WOYWW anniversary I've been home for to participate in, so that alone has me excited! See you tomorrow!

Hugs
Brenda

kay said...

need to get my brain cell working now,thanks,x

jill said...

looks like i'm making more atc's so i can join in ,

Dragon said...

WOO... exciting ... that will be fab!!!
Frankie
xx

My name is Cindy said...

I'm in!!

fairy thoughts said...

count me in too! I like the idea of making one for regular commenters and followers, some of us we are going to be very busy
janet

Gabrielle said...

What a terrific idea! Count me in!!!

Jacqueline said...

Oh yes!!! Haven't done ACTs in ages!!! I'm up for this ! Its s great wee 'Anniversary' gift ;)

Thanks for the info

Jackie x

VonnyK said...

This is so exciting, now I know what you are all talking about when you say ATC. I would love to do one but I am not good with sticky or stampy, so I hope the person who gets me doesn't mind a painting. If I did a sticky, I would probably have to post myself as well, cos I would be stuck to it!!
Thanks Julia, I will get my thinking cap on.
Von :)

Spyder said...

fabulous, can't wait! Fabulous idea!!
(((Lyn))

May said...

Love this idea Julia, count me in x x Hugs May x x x

Bridget Larsen said...

I'm in it, made a comment on WOYWW this week about it too

Bridget Larsen said...

May I have your snail mail so I can send you one too
bridget.larsen@gmail.com

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

Sounds perfect to me!

Hugs,
Kay

Joynana said...

Julia, I am in.. have several that I was not sure what I was going to do with them. I hate to be a hoarder. So I am ready....

Daniella said...

Hi Julia!
It's Daniella, the newbie from the last WOYWW. I just want to be straight with this, so I'm going to ask a few questions, OK?
Why are we waiting until #156? We should make our ATC before that date though, so we can send it out right away, right?
And we send it to the person AFTER us in the linky if they have an * after their name, yes?
Sorry! Sometimes I have to tell people "pretend I'm an idiot and explain this to me". Which isn't far from the truth I'm sure. I think I might be an idiot......
I look forward to linking up tomorrow and taking part in this fun ATC trade!!
xxDaniella

Darnell J Knauss said...

Who KNEW my daughter by another mother was going to post a comment directly above me?! Har! Har! I'm in! Darnell

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

While you slept, I read your post. I think it's idiot proof! Great info, too. Also, while you slept, I received your package. I wanted to thank you even though you will see it on my blog tomorrow (oops, today in your world). Thank you, thank you, thank you. See you when you wake, OR when you schedule your post.

Sue from Oregon said...

looking forward to it. Do we post it on our blog for WOYWW 156 pr wait until it arrives???

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

So looking forward to it Julia!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Wonderful! ! Great info. I'm sooooooooo excited, I love to do ATC's. Thanks for all the fun. Enjoy your week

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i love making ATCs so i'm in for this swap! do we show our ATCs on our blog or is it supposed to be a surprise to the recipient?

Queen Of Toys said...

Do we have a theme for the ATC
(156) or anything special will
do?

Eliza

Li'l Pidge said...

Sounds great....another way to use up my ever expanding offcuts box!
Kyla x

Ann B said...

Great idea, I'm in.

just a thought, some blogs don't have an email link, mine didn't until I went to my profile page and added it in. Once you do this your profile will have a link that says 'EMail me', it doesn't show your address on the actual page.

Ann B
x

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Hi Julia, Im so happy be one of your newest WOYWW follower! I found through my good freind Amy E. I hop to join in on the ATC Swap! I'm have some in mind. TFS AJ!

Claire said...

i was thinking i wouldn't be able to participate - i simply cannot work so small any more... but i've found an ATC i made back in 2006 before the stroke - i used to make-n-swap all the time :)
do you think it'll be ok to send this one? it's in pristine condition, just dated 2006...

BJ said...

Thanks for the ATC SWAP info Julia. Still wondering how you are included in the mix other than for those that can't make the day/date. Also when the end time will be for the last person linking with Mr Linky so they know to send to Number 1? Just some thoughts BJ#51

Sarah Cooper said...

*clapping* Oh!!! I can't wait!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I think this is so great. I hope people show off the ATCs they received in future WOYWW posts. I think mine will feature my desk, which means I can make a huge mess of it and I'll be fine. :-)

Caz said...

Thinking cap is firmly on head.......................... brilliant idea for your anniversary!!
Hugs
Caz
xx

Craftgirl said...

I love making and trading ATC's so will be in on that.

Carol

Sandy said...

Oh cool I so wanna join in the fun I'm in. It will be my first attempt at a ATC. So glad you gave all that newbie info. Sandy :)

mark gould said...

HI, I didn't even know what an ATC was till yesterday when i joined woyww.
I have now made my first couple and am ready to take part. Just hope people wont be dissappointed when mine turns up ;) lol

Monica said...

Julie I out an asterisk after my name but i am not sure how this works or who i should contact and send an ATC. Is it the person after me on the day 156

Monica said...

GOT IT.
It really pays to read the instructions.

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