Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The ATC (artist trading card) vs the ACEO (artist card editions and originals)


In 2003 I wrote an article for "RubberStampMadness" magazine about artists' trading cards. Here is the introduction:

ATC by Norma Anne Chattin 2003 uses
a stamp from the Claudine Helmuth collection
with Stampington.
The Artist Trading Card, known as ATC, is a 2.5” by 3.5” miniature work of art usually created to trade with other artists. Eager traders love these small art forms because they offer the opportunity to try out new techniques, learn from other artists, and can be used to make larger projects. The original concept and size requirements comes from baseball and other trading cards.
Everyone from fine artists to the youngest beginner have jumped on the ATC band wagon.  The appeal includes:
  • Easy to create in multiples
  • Great way to try new techniques/tools
  • Perfect for swaps with other artists
  • A social art form
  • Collectible

The original guidelines for ATC are 2.5" by 3.5", handmade art, and never sold only traded.
The photos published with the article were ATCs created by some of my friends in Richmond, Virginia as well as participants in a mail-in swap.  

ACEO by Norma Anne Chattin 2014, collage.
Photo from
A newer phenomenon has developed with the introduction of the artist card editions and originals, known as ACEO, which are original artwork or a print of original artwork.

Like ATCs, ACEOs may be made with any media, material, or method as long as they measure 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".   ACEOs are made with the intention to sell. .

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