It's time for another year of creativity with our monthly Artist Trading Card (ATC) swaps! We love hosting these swaps and really enjoy seeing what all you creative souls come up with!
To make it easier, I've compiled all the information you need to take part in this one blog post. Please refer to this post before sending in your completed ATC's.
Each swap will have a different theme. You can find the upcoming themes and the due date in the side bar on the left. All Darkroom Door ATC swaps must use Darkroom Door rubber stamps or paper product as their main feature.
Here's the details:
January: Green & Gold
Inspired by Australia Day, which is celebrated on January 26th each year, create an ATC that uses the colours green and gold. The subject matter is your choice (it does not have to be Australian related).
February: Very Vintage
Use any Darkroom Door stamp image or paper product to create ATC's with a vintage style!
Create a pocket somewhere on your ATC. Place something inside, like a tag or other element that can be taken out and put back in.
Use fabric, pastes, gels, moulding materials, paint, metal, embossing powders or any other material or substrate to create texture in your artwork!
May: Metal Mania
Use a metal embellishment, metal sheeting or create the look of faux metal for your ATC's!
June: Bleach Stamping
Time to get out the rubber gloves and open the windows! Use bleach as your ink pad to create some interesting stamped effects on your ATC's. (I will be creating a You Tube Video soon to show you how I do it. I'll post the link here once it's completed!)
July: ButtonsUse a button(s) somewhere on your ATC
August: Interactive Elements
This will get those cogs ticking! Create something interactive on your ATC. It could be a pocket, something that opens, or slides or something that moves. The receiver needs to touch it in some way to see what it does.
September: Mists & Sprays
Time to get messy with some spray action! There's lots of sprays and mists available these days or you can create your own! You can spray the background, spray the stamp or spray whatever you like on your ATC!
October: Fright Night
Time to get all spooky and eerie. We know those Photobooth people must have a dark eerie past, or the houses and cottages are haunted. Maybe the streets of London, Paris, Sydney, Prague etc are over run by ghouls. Spook me!
November: Stencil It
Use stencils somewhere on your ATC
December: Blue, White Silver
Create ATC's that use a combination of blue, white and silver. You can use just one of the colours, two or all three!
What to create:
10 ATC's for 9 in return. The 10th ATC will be kept in the Darkroom Door ATC Collection.
How to send them in:
If possible, try to send your ATC's in one of the trading card sleeves that hold 9 ATC's or similar.
it's just a lot easier if they are in some type of sleeve system so I can see the whole collection easily, and it makes it a lot easier to sort. The ATC in the top left corner will remain there as yours, the rest will be swapped with others in the swap. Check out our ATC supplies here.
Please refer to side bar for the closing date of each swap.
What are ATC's?
If you've never created ATC's before - Wikipedia has a description here.
Do you need to sign up?
No, there's no need to email us if you're going to take part. Just have your swap in by the due date and you'll be in the swap!
How long will it take before you receive the completed ATC's?
I like to have the ATC's swapped within 2 weeks of the closing deadline. However this can change depending on my travelling schedule. Please allow 4-6 weeks for return of your ATC's, especially if you are international.
Address to send your swap:
Darkroom Door *insert swap name here* Swap
PO Box 8039
Tumbi Umbi NSW 2261
* Please remember to write your details on the back of each ATC: Name, email, edition number (1/10, 2/10 etc), and that it was created for the Darkroom Door swap!
* Everyone's swap pieces will be made into a gallery and will be available for viewing on the Darkroom Door blog after the swap is completed.
* Australian swappers: Please include an addressed and stamped return envelope or satchel with your swap. As some ATC's can be quite thick and bulky, especially as some of our themes this year are textured - please use a medium to large envelope to ensure the ATC's fit in.
* International Swappers: You can pay for your return postage via paypal. Please submit a $3 AUD payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please allow enough time for your swap parcel to arrive here in time!! International players should have their parcels sent two weeks before the due date.
If you have any questions or need any further information, please email us at email@example.com and we'll respond as soon as possible!
Check out some of our past ATC Swap Galleries on the left side bar. We also have many video galleries on our YouTube channel.
Thanks for your continued interest in our ATC swaps!! We LOVE seeing what you create and look forward to seeing what you all come up with in the future :):)
Unlock the artist within!