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Make ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) or fun fabric postcards for any occasion - let them know you're crafty and funky! ^-^

I've made those (they were my first!) for an ATC swap with a "skull and crossbones" theme.

Thanks to my friend Kristin, who encouraged me to go ahead and give them a try!
^-^



Instructions

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 1
    Step 1

    From fast-2-fuse or timtex, cut 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles.
    This is the size ATCs usually have.
    Of course your postcards can be any measurement you like.
    You may also purchase pre-cut fabric postcard interfacing - in this case, skip this step ;)

    Side note: I've tried both interlinings, and for certain reasons I liked the fast-2-fuse better, but you may try yourself and find your fave.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take a piece of fabric for your "main theme".

    I used my selfmade lino-cut-stamp and silver pigment ink to stamp skulls on (pink) cotton fabric.
    The pigment ink won't wash out after it's heat set, though I don't think someone will wash the cards...

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then I cut out the stamped skulls and free motion embroidered (or free motion appliquéd) them to precut woolfelt, which I used as background for my ATCs.

    The woolfelt was cut bigger than the finished card.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fun part: Cut away the excess fabric around your embroidery and fray the edges!!!

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 5
    Step 5

    On your background fabric, mark the finished size of your ATC for placement of your embellishments.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 6
    Step 6

    EMBELLISH and have fun!

    Use anything you have handy. Mix materials and try something new!
    These cards are very simple, but you can imagine that one can really do a LOT with those... ^-^

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 7
    Step 7

    Iron your ATC´s front to fast-2-fuse as indicated. The fast-2-fuse comes complete with instructions, so you just have to follow these.

    Cut back woolfelt to finished size.

    Iron ATC to uncut backside fabric (I suggest a white cotton if you plan to write on it later), cut backside fabric to finished size.

    There's no need to take care of the grainline...

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using the satinstitch (a narrow zigzag) of your machine, sew around the edges one or more times, depending on the look you want.

    Play with multi colored or variegating threads or just use another color for the second run.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Make An Atc Or A Fabric Postcard - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sign cards and you're finished!

    Congrats. You now have another addiction! ^-^

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Comments

Maladignia
Maladignia · Amersfoort, Utrecht, NL · 87 projects
I never heard of ATC's (might just be me...) but you could also use this tutorial to make your own patches for on clothing or bags. Happy
I like the cute skulls.
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LadyLordessa
LadyLordessa · Frankfurt, Hesse, DE · 15 projects
great idea and they look so cute <3
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Kera C.
Kera C.
They look very cool! I'm so inspired now >W<
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SooticasDream
SooticasDream · Nottingham, England, GB · 1 project
*GASP!* I want one!!!!
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Not A.
Not A. · Westlake, Ohio, US · 18 projects
OOOH COOOL!!! i'm gonna make me sum for valentines day...
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1369 projects
I really really like your skull design, it's so pretty.
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Courtney Couture
Courtney Couture · Keller, Texas, US · 20 projects
so cools i luv them
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miss lizzi
miss lizzi · United Kingdom, GB · 9 projects
wow these look amazing
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Nuhbe  .
Nuhbe . · Escatrón, Aragón, ES · 1 project
Really cool project!
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Maybe
Maybe · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 5 projects
Wooow these are so cute Happy
Skulls <3
I think I might make something like that but as a patch for a bag because thats kinda what they look like!
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