ATCs are Artist Trading Cards. They can be made of any medium though most are probably just heavy card stock that is painted or collaged or stamped. I wanted to start making some as a boost to my creativity and as an expansion of my mediums of expression. So I joined a group on swap-bot.com that was doing ATCs dedicated to oriental themed fabric.
I have a LOT of fabric, so it was pretty easy to find some with an oriental theme. I cut out four 3 1/2 " x 4 1/2" pieces by using a template and looking for pleasing compositions.
I then cut out four pieces of scrap dupioni silk for the backing. I added a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece (the final finished size) of tear away medium stabilizer and machine embroidered my initials and the date on the back of each one.
I machine sewed three sides of each front and back piece, but did not remove the stabilizer. I left it in to give the finished piece some stability. I trimmed the corners diagonally and removed half the excess fabric. I turned the pieces inside out, ironed them, and hand stitched the bottom edge. I considered adding beads or trim or charms, but the finished pieces are so small and the designs are already so complex that in the end I left them alone.
Here are the four designs and backing before sewing them together.
Would I do it again? Maybe. The size seems a bit small to get very creative. Possibly it would be more creative with paints or stamps. Since these are for a swap, I also have to see what I get in return to see if this is worth pursuing.