Strathmore Artist Trading Cards and Accessories
Strathmore makes it easy for artists to express themselves in a small format, then exchange their creations in a big way!
- What are artist trading cards? - Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized "swap" events, either in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5" x 3.5".
- How did the movement start? - In 1997, M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception.
- How do I trade cards? - Today there are ATC swaps in almost every major city around the world. You can locate an in-person swap in your area, find an online swap, or organize your own swap. There are a number of web sites that others have created to help artists get started. They can be found by doing online searches using key words such as "artist trading cards."
- Don't forget the accessories! - Protect and display your collection of Strathmore Artist Trading cards with clear plastic sleeves or frame cards. You may want to order some envelopes, too. They're the ideal solution for mailing your cards to other artists when trading on-line!