Artist Trading Cards

Artist trading cards (or ATCs for short) are small, baseball-card sized works of art that can be traded with other artists as a way to get creative, connect with other artists, make contacts, and collect great art! Jennifer Hines hosted this on-going by-mail ATC exchange from 2008-2018, but the exchange has a new host so will continue one with different players.

If you are still interested in trading ATCs and joining future trades, please reach out to Melody Strahan at strahan.melodyatc at More details can be found here: Deadlines for the exchange will be July 15, November 15, and March 15 each year.



42 thoughts on “Artist Trading Cards

  1. Oh, yay! I’m so excited you’re doing this. My son has been wanting to trade ATC cards for awhile. We were in a yahoo group a couple years ago but then it went inactive. He’ll be getting his done soon and then we’ll get them popped in the mail!

    1. Thanks for sending the link to the Regina ATC exchange in Canada! I’ve participated in their exchange and it’s always a good one, so I recommend it! I hope you can participate in the exchange I am doing as well… I would like to do this a few times a year, so hope to do another exchange in maybe early summer, so stay tuned! ;o) Thanks!

  2. I just found this today and will never make the deadline. I hope you run this swap again! Please add me to your email list.

    1. Janice: If you need a little grace period to finish your cards, please take an extra week and still participate (FYI to everyone who fears the fast-approaching deadline)! I will most likely run another exchange in the summer as well if the timing is still too tight for you to complete a set for this exchange… And thanks for the link, great pictures and a great resource!

  3. HI there! Will you need to receive cards by 2/1, or can they be post marked by 2/1? Just now finding out about this, I suppose it’s a little late in the game.
    And one further question – Can I print the images of my traditional paintings on these cards, or am I supposed to hand make every individual card?

    1. I’m willing to give those late in the game some extra time, just try to get them in the mail by early next week at the latest and you’ll be good to go! As for the printing images of your paintings, I was trying to uphold the integrity of the cards by having handmade elements on them rather than digitally printed so people wouldn’t just print 100 of them with zero effort… you can digitally print part of it as long as you add something handmade to it as well… but feel free to paint on the cards, and include your web site or other information and we can look up your paintings!

    1. That’s great DiAnna! The current deadline will be in mid- to late-June, but I haven’t set a firm one yet. I’ll be announcing it soon! Feel free to get started and send them as they are finished, though. The new address is Artist Trading Cards, c/o Jennifer Hines, 2744 N Mozart St, Chicago IL 60647. Can’t wait to see your students’ cards! -j

    2. Hello again DiAnna! If your students are still interested in exchanging artist trading cards, I’m planning another exchange for the fall with a deadline of November 15. Love to have you and your students participate!

  4. Hello-I have started an ATC club for my 6th,7th and 8th grade students. I am trying to find someone to swap with them. I have about a dozen students. Most of them are fairly talented for their age.
    Are you planning a new swap soon?
    -Lora B (Art Teacher)

    1. Hello Lori! I am planning another exchange for this fall with a deadline of November 15, so you and your class are welcome to participate! In previous exchanges, I haven’t had many kids groups, but who knows what I will get for this exchange! You can send them all in one envelope with one SASE as long as it is big enough and has enough postage for them all. Can’t wait to see the cards!

  5. Can you send in more than one set to receive more than one set of other cards back? Love this idea!

  6. I’m excited about this, never done atc before, but when I cut an index card down to 3.5 x 2.5 to see the space I’d be workining on, I became intimidated by the small size. Lately I have been working in a 9.75 in x 7.5 in composition book, so I’m not used to small scale stuff. Any advice or suggested posts to read on creating small art? The smallness is really freaking me out.

    1. Oh no! Well, I think small things don’t need to be so intimidating. You’re already working quite small so perhaps you can do something similar but just slightly simplified for the smaller size. Usually simpler is better for smaller things. Or some people have done one piece at the full size and cut it into the 9 smaller cards. That’s another option. I hope that helps!!

      1. Thank you for the advice. You actually spurred one of those “ah ha” moments for me and I now have a great idea of how to start my cards. I look forward to working on them and sending them off once they’re complete. Also super excited to see what sort of art I will receive in the mail.

  7. Super exchange. Thanks for the assortment of Summer ATC’s that I received. Already starting my ATC’s for the Fall Exchange.

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