What’s an ATC you ask?  It’s an Artist Trading Card and today’s steal, the 7 Gypsies Artist Trading Card Carousel Kit is the perfect steal to get you started with creating and trading in one of the hottest trends  in the scrapbooking world. An ATC is a small index card that is altered and then traded amongst creative friends!  Think of it as the woman’s world of baseball card trading.

Traditionally ATCs are very eclectic, vintage and full of stamping.  My amazing stamping friend Megan Nelson has the perfect example of a traditional ATC on her blog.

I also asked our favorite stamping friend Misty Buck to share a few examples of a traditional ATC.

Heather Conklin was also kind enough to share an art teachers take on an ATC.

Any of you that know me, know I am not a stamper or artist per se, however I had a great time mixing up embellishments to create that eclectic layered look of an ATC.  I decided that I want to fill my carousel with little cards about things that I love, right down to my Diet Dr. Pepper and Cake (the band, not the dessert, although I’ll take that too!)

The thing I positively love about creating an ATC is that it is such a small time commitment, yet fulfills that desire to create, not to mention it’s an excellent use of scraps and leftover embellishments.

Now comes the best part of an ATC—the part that the “T” stands for—trading! Think of it as your own personal showcase of a little bit of lots of different friends artwork.

If you’d like to be part of a Scrapbook Steals ATC swap, send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will send you out details!  Think of how great it would be to have a display of artwork from some of your favorite scrappy sisters.  Also, a quick reminder for those of you participating in our first Scrapbook Steals card swap, cards are due to the warehouse by March 31st.

I hope your weekend is amazing and filled with creativity.

Happy scrappin’!