Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Travelling ATC's in my ATC Suitcase!

ATC artist trading card suitcase ATC's

Here is a little suitcase I made to store and display ATC's sent to me from around the world.

ATC's are Artist Trading Cards that are miniature pieces of art that you make and swap with others. They are so much fun to collect and it is a lovely way to see creative works of art made by other like minded people. They are only to be given or swapped, never sold and are to be 2.5" X 3.5" in size.

I tweaked a suitcase template I found here to make it the right size for ATC's and made a couple of other minor changes to make it easier to put together and allow for the felt lining. The suitcase is approximately 2.75" X 3.75" X 2" ( 7cm x 9.5cm x 5cm) to give you and idea of how small it really is.

I didn't have any antique style brads, so I inked some gold ones with brown Staz On and now they have an old worn look to them. The lid and the base of the suitcase are lined with a rich burgundy felt and the strapping is made from dark rose coloured velvet ribbon.

ATC artist trading card suitcase ATC's

I had a ton of fun making this tiny suitcase even though it seemed to take forever to get the ribbon and brads in the right places. I even had some help from one of the puppies whilst her sister was sleeping! Here is Tinker at 6 weeks sitting on one of my A5 cutting mats. She weighs approximately 900g in this photo! A bit over 2 cans of cool drink!

chihuahua chi Tinker A5 cutting mat

If you find inspiration from my ATC suitcase, I would love to see your photos. You can email them to me with ATC Suitcase in the subject line or add a link to a comment below so that others can come and see them too.

Bye for now.

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  1. I really like your suite case. Great job.

  2. Such a tiny suitcase would require a lot of patience in creating it. Well done. It's gorgeous.
    ATC cards - they sound similar to ACEO cards, which stands for Art Cards, Editions and Orignials. They too are cards that are traded, but also sold. Have you ever created your own? They sound like a fun thing to do.

  3. Thanks projectsgalor and Elena

    I have made a few ATC's but not heard of ACEO cards. Would love to find out more.



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