I had been wanting to try my hand at making ATC's for a little while now, so this was my excuse. And the answer to this post's title? The Craftster swaps are a good way to try out smaller projects or skills you might not have ever done before. They get you out of your comfort zone and get you thinking about new things and ways of doing projects.
That being said, I learned that I am not happy with the ATC's I've created. :)
An ATC is an Artist Trading Card. "As their name indicates, ATC are collectables, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The one rule that makes an ATC derives from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm. To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. As the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (1/8, 2/8...) if it's part of an edition. By definition ATCs are made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind. Unique ATCs are called originals; sets of identical ATCs are called editions and are numbered; sets of ATCs that are based on one theme but that are different are called series. Don't be intimidated by the concept of small editions or originals: very few people are anal about this. What most collectors really want are cards that were made with care. Based on that, numbers are meaningless."
The three categories of cards I had to make were:
--N for Star Wars
--Jet Star from the Killjoys (My Chemical Romance)
--Adam Munroe from "Heroes"
Ummm, WOW! I only knew about Star Wars. The other stuff I had to research.
For my Star Wars partner, I accidentally had to make her two cards. She wanted vertical cards and the first one I made was horizontal. I knew from the get-go that I didn't want to do N IS FOR NABOO. I wanted something a little more unknown. Plus, these cards gave me the chance to play around with the water color set I bought last year on Black Friday (I thought I was actually buying the powdered chalk I had been looking for).
|I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The poorly written Kanji above his head is supposed to say his name, and he's in front of the Japanese flag.|
For the Jet Star card, I had to doublecheck with this partner that it was from My Chemical Romance, because there was a lot of Killjoy and Jet Star info online that covered a variety of topics. This also ended up being two cards, because I didn't like the first one.