How To Make An Artist Trading Card [For Beginners]

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Learning how to make an artist trading card is a fun way to share your individual style with friends and family.  An Artist Trading Card (ATC) is a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ card that has been personalized with words, images, doodles, pictures, photos, etc.  They are fun to tuck into cards, letters, and packages.  There are groups for people who enjoy making them where they trade the ATC’s with other members.  Often, each month there is a theme and everyone in the group will make an ATC that involves that theme (spring, red, music, etc.) This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How To Make An Artist Trading Card [For Beginners]

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How To Make an Artist Trading Card

I love to doodle and draw and scrapbook, but I don’t really like big projects. But, I want to be able to finish the project in less than an hour and move onto something different. I just don’t have the attention span for larger projects.


  • Cardstock that has been cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ in size.  You can buy ATC blanks on Amazon.
  • Something to draw with (markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, water colors, etc.)
  • Bits and pieces of ribbon, stickers, magazine cuttings, glitter, glue, etc.

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  1. Decide what you want the ATC to look like by practicing on a sheet of plain paper first. Just doodle and get creative.  You can pick a theme or just let yourself do whatever comes to mind.   I used the book Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh to give me ideas of what type of lettering I should use.  
  2. Create the front of your ATC by drawing, gluing on images, doodling, writing, painting, etc.
  3. On the back of your ATC, add your signature.  Some creative artists also put a link to their website so when they trade the cards with others, people can come and visit their site.

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One of the things that I struggled with the most when I first started making artist trading cards is cutting a straight line. Many people store their ATCs in small sleeve protectors.  If your ATC is not exactly the right size, it won’t fit.  I invested in a personal paper trimmer (this is the brand I have on Amazon) that made it much easier.

How to make an artist trading card

You can use an artist trading card for a variety of different things. It can serve as a business card. You can enclose it like a gift card with a gift.  If you have direct sales or Etsy business, you can use it as a thank you card when people place an order.  Or you can simply make them as a fun way to relax and get creative at the end of the day.  Now that you’ve learned how to make an artist trading card, will you be trying? Stuck for ideas? There are a lot of art trading card examples on Pinterest.

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32 thoughts on “How To Make An Artist Trading Card [For Beginners]”

  1. I have been wondering for a while what a ATC is and what is it used for. Thanks for the information. It won't be in my to do list.
  2. Love it! I can enclose these when I send crochet gifts for that extra special touch. I can't draw, but I can definitely use a stamp or doodle. Yours look great!

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