Monday, March 14, 2011

Artist Trading Cards - "This Little Piggy" : 1

Artist Trading Cards have been out for some time, but it wasn't until recently, till a friend inspired me, that I decided to try making them. The basic instructions are to make them the same size as a baseball card or 3.5 X 2.5. If you haven't tried - it is a challenge to create small, but I'm always up for a challenge!

My friend also has been encouraging me to try different embellishments, so this series is a lot of experiments in areas I haven't really embraced like collage or flyspecking. Some attempts were successes and others failures, but I will share all of them with you, warts and all. ;)

First Piggy Print
The first print I made was a card for a friend who was having a rough week. The rest that follow are nine Artist Trading Cards.

I created this series with a print technique using foam from packaged meat you get at the store. (I washed it of course.) Then I drew on it, making the design, trying to keep in mind the result would be the mirror image. I used glow in the dark paint on some, and regular acrylic on others, painting onto the foam, then pressing onto card stock. After it was dry, I added more paint, stamps and in this particular instance I cut apart the piggy and pasted onto the card stock.

If you would like to trade for one of the piggies, please email me your mailing address at , and the one you are interested in -by using the corresponding number. If it's available (and not already traded) I will send it as soon as I can. 

I hope you are doing what you love. I am!

ATC- "This Little Piggy" : 1
Mixed Media on card stock
2.5 X 3.5


  1. Hi, found the post whilst googling atc's to do a little research. I do like your little piggies, very original! the only danger with these cards is that they can become very addictive once you start trading them.

    I have been making them in various media for a few years now and find I am making more than ever now. Mostly in mixed media and collage, but the beauty is there are so many ways to make them.

  2. You're so right Artyfax! I have ideas for several more series. Now to find the time. If your art group weren't so far away, I'd join. :)