Cure your summer boredom – ATC trade


We all have those days during summer break when we’re bored out of our minds. Well today I’m gonna tell you about an awesome way to cure that boredom…

Make ATC’s! If you’ve never heard or made ATCs (artist trading cards), you’re missing out. ATC’s are 2.5″ x 3.5″ original works of art that you trade with other artists.

{{ Read more about ATCs and how to make them. }}

And if you try making some of your own ATCs and now want to trade with others around the county (or world), you’ve come to the right place! I’m doing a safe, online trade right here on my blog!

( For the parents — When I say it’s a safe trade, I mean the only person that will know any of your children personal information will be me. If you have any questions about the safety of the trade, you can email my parents at ourswapshop[at]hotmail[dot]com. )

If you’re interested in the trade, make sure to read this whole post so you know all the fun (and responsibilities) you’re getting yourself into.

And if you want to see my last trade and what kind of cards were available, click here!

{{ RULES }}

If you’re going to participate in this ATC trade, you have to read and obey these rules. (Even if you’ve already done one of my past trades, you should still read this over again.)

  • You MUST have your parent’s permission. Guys, I cannot stress this enough. Please make sure to tell your parents exactly what this is and that you will need to tell me your address and you will be using some stamps to send me the ATCs. In fact, just to be sure that no one gives out their address to me without their parent’s approval, my parents have asked that everyone who participates prints out a permission slip, has a parent or guardian sign it, and mail it in with your ATCs that you are trading.

The permission slip:
ATC trade permission slip pdf

  • You cannot share any personal information with another participant. If you mention anything personal like your address, phone number, or even the state you live in, in a comment, it will be deleted immediately.
  • If you do not want to trade with a person who has asked you to trade, I suggest you reply with a polite comment,  something like,“Your request to trade is very flattering, but no thank you.” If you say anything even slightly rude or unkind in the comments, your comment will not be approved. 
  • The ATCs you submit MUST be made by you.
  • You cannot put any personal information on the back of your card. All it should say is your first name, the title of the card, and the name of who you traded it with. (Please label it “TO: {name},” using the profile name of who you’re trading with. This is really for my benefit, so I make sure I’m sending the right cards to the right people. You don’t have to put it on the actual card, you can write it on a sticky note and stick it to the back.) You can also include the date you made it, if you’d like. (I like putting the date on my ATCs.) Oh, and if you have a blog, you can put the URL on the back also.
  • The ATCs must be 2.5″ by 3.5″ and made with pride. Please don’t trade any ATC that you wouldn’t be excited to receive. It wouldn’t be fair to the person you’re trading with if they took a lot of time making their card and you didn’t.


  • This trade’s theme is Summer. You’ll make an ATC (or find one you’ve already made) that goes with that theme.
  • You will email me the pictures of the ATCs you would like to trade to ATCkid[at]live[dot]com by July 27th. (If you don’t have an email, you may use your parent’s or a sibling’s.)  But maximum 3 cards per trade. (Please give each picture a title before sending it to me. Title each picture the same name as each ATC name.) 
  • I will post them all in a  blog post, right here on Flourishing By Restful Falls, on July 29th or 30th. 
  • Once the trade closes on August 3rd, if you’ve made a trade agreement with others in the comments section (make sure you don’t trade off a card twice), you’ll have the ATC(s) in the mail to me–postmarked within 4 days–by July 6th. (ONLY SEND ME THE ONES YOU’VE SUCCESSFULLY TRADED.) On the back of each ATC you trade, write the name of the person who will be receiving your ATC–their profile name. (This is important; it’ll make my job a whole lot easier.) In your envelope, with your ATC(s), you’ll also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, which I will use to mail you the ATC(s) you earned in the trade (along with your signed permission slip). For your name on your envelope, please use your profile name, so I can easily match the ATCs to the correct envelopes. (You can write your real name on the envelope too, if you don’t want to confuse your postal carrier.🙂 )
  • On or around August 11th (it obviously depends on when the cards get to me), I’ll send the right cards off to the right people.

Once the trade ends, I will email all of you my mailing address–where you’ll send your ATCs.

If you’re participating this time around, email all the pictures of your ATCs to ATCkid(at)live(dot)com. (Remember, maximum of three.) The deadline to send your pictures in is July 27th.

If you have any further questions, comment them below. I’ll answer them ASAP.

Have you ever made ATCs? And are you gonna participate in the ATC trade?




27 thoughts on “Cure your summer boredom – ATC trade

  1. I might have to participate in the ATC trade this year…I’ll get permissions and get back to you on it 🙂


  2. AHHHH YAYAYAYAYAY! Hayley, I am soooo excited! I loved your other ATC trades and can’t wait to participate in this one! I linked to this in my latest blog post. I hope tons of people participate! (Well not too many too handle – just a good amount. 😉 ) We’re on vacation right now, but I shall send you some pictures after we get home!
    P. S. We were going to go to Rita’s today because I remembered you recommending it, but it was closed. *Sniff* Maybe another time.

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  3. […] We had an Artist Trading Card party with some friends a few weeks ago. We had already cut out several blank ATCs and had various art supplies laid out on the table. We found some art inspiration on Pinterest and put a slideshow on our laptop with those photos. (Oh, by the way, Hayley‘s hosting another ATC trade! Read about it here.) […]


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