Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mixed media ATC swap – due October 20th


You ATC lovers keep asking and asking for an ATC swap, and yet I keep hosting postcard swaps.

At last – your requests have been answered.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, an ATC is an Artist Trading Card.  They are small works of art, the size of a playing card, or baseball card, and artists create them to trade with other artists.

For this swap, there is no theme.  Use any kind of imagery you’d like.

The challenge here is technique-based.

Your ATC must be mixed-media.

What is mixed media?

Any piece that uses more than one type of material (or media).

So, for example, a piece combining paper and acrylic paint and ink.

Or watercolors, rubber stamping and glitter.

(there are endless possibilities.  You could use crayons, pastels, markers, modeling paste, image transfers, stickers, tape, embellishments, thread, fabric, yarn, lace, plastic, pencils, ink, spray paints, pressed flowers, photographs, etc.)


Your card must be made on a sturdy base that is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

You must use at least three different media in your work

(This one uses acrylic paint, pen, spray ink, washi tape, painted acetate and found text.)

Swap details:

  • You may submit as many as four cards (you will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)

  • If you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope

  • Write your name and contact info on the back of each ATC.  Also write “MMSA mixed-media” on the back, and list the materials you used to make your card.

  • Include one mailing label with your name and address (I will mail multiple cards in a single envelope)

  • Figure out how much it will cost you to mail your envelope to me, and then include that much return postage in the envelope.  You can include stamps, or cash, or you can send me money via paypal. (

  • International swappers are welcome.  If you’re not sure how much postage money to send, email me and tell me the weight of your envelope and I’ll help you calculate the proper US postage.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:

Mail your cards no later than October 20th. (I don’t need to receive them by the 20th, they need to be postmarked by the 20th.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


  1. Fabulous....I'm working on it already.

  2. It's been a long time since I've participated here, but I can't pass up this opportunity to find new homes for the cards piling up over here :)

  3. I just found this site ... super psyched to start working on a few ATCs :)

  4. I know you have a lot on your plate but was just wondering, when will our swaped cards be sent out?
    Eager, eager.

    1. Hi Fran, I usually wait about two weeks past the swap deadline to make sure everything has arrived before doing the swap and sending things back out. My target would be to mail them out November 3rd. I'm in the middle of a job change, so I may be a little off target, but that's my goal anyway!