Artist Trading Cards with Texture
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My favorite alternative to art texture plates is plastic embroidery mesh from the fabric store. If you buy them large and cut them up, they are pretty cheap.   MATERIALS • White … Read More

Mini School Paper Art Trading Cards
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I’ve had a lot of fun creating over-sized school paper for projects, so I thought it might be a fun to make small ones too. My template will create 9 cards when … Read More

Art Trading Card Template
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I had so much fun with my first ATC Line Art template I decided I’d make one more. This time I plan to challenge students to play with scale, as in making … Read More

Fuzzy Mice
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Here’s a simple mouse collage idea that I modified today from a few years ago. The fuzzy bodies contrast nicely with the smooth ears and tail. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, cut … Read More

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts
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If you paint and cut out coffee filters, you just might get some really pretty Valentine cards. My students let them sit on plastic canvas mesh while painting and drying, so sometimes … Read More

Sticker Snowmen Card
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Students can learn how to make their sticker snowmen card come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do … Read More

Watercolor Jewels
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My Art Trading Card students practiced their geometric shapes by drawing a series of jewels. Real watercolor paper will help them look their best. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Paper cutter (helpful for cutting … Read More

Bleeding Tissue Paper Skies
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This was such a fun bleeding tissue paper discovery. Turns out if you cut small squares, and apply them with water to watercolor paper, they leave behind the most amazing swirly winter … Read More

Kitty Collage ATCs
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween ideas for kids. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of other possibilities too. The simple shape of the cat, … Read More

Animal Head ATCs
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Art Trading Cards are simply mini works of art, the size of baseball cards (2.5″ x 3.5″). I’m bringing them back as an afterschool class as I think students enjoy the small … Read More

ATC House Collage
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I made my collage the art trading card size, 2.5″ x 3.5″, but it would look great at any size. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Old phone book Watercolor paint Scissors Glue stick Black … Read More

Valentine Trading Cards
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An art trading card is 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size and fits in a standard baseball card sleeve. They are a fun alternative to the commercial valentine cards, especially if you are … Read More

Valentine Stamps
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These stamp edges were made with a hole punch, punching just a half hole all around the outside of an art trading card (2.5″ x 3.5″). After that, you just need some … Read More

Shape to Cubes Art Trading Cards
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I knew this hexagon paper punch would come in handy sooner or later. It made the perfect stencil so students could easily draw their own cubes today.   1. The 2″ hexagon … Read More

Snowflake Art Trading Cards
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I think my favorite thing about art trading cards and plastic sleeves, is that they instantly look laminated.  MATERIALS Watercolor paper, cut to trading card size Liquid watercolor paint Salt Card stock … Read More

Sticker Snowman Art
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Students can learn how to make their sticker snowman art come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do … Read More

Scotch Tape Fall Trees
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All the supplies for these fall art trading cards actually came from my local Staples store. MATERIALS Card stock paper, cream colored Scotch Expressions masking tape Scissors Black ultra thin Sharpie marker … Read More

Halloween Art Project Cat Collage
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Here is one of my most pinned Halloween ideas for kids. It was originally designed for art trading cards, but has lots of other possibilities too. The simple shape of the cat, … Read More

Spiderweb Art Trading Cards
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I never realized how much spiderwebs have in common with zentangles, which are basically repeated shapes. Try some fine tipped white poster markers on black scrapbook paper to make some like these. … Read More

Jeweled Klimt Art Trading Card
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I think my students are going to get spoiled today. This is what you can make if a friend who made tutus closes out and gives you all her little gem stones. … Read More

Paper Quilt ATCs
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Here’s my project for tomorrow’s Art Trading Card Class: paper quilt squares. I’m still so fond of how the plastic sleeves smooth out any less than perfect gluing and make cards look … Read More

Little Buildings ATCs
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My new plan for creating art trading card projects is to just think of making multiples of things. I love how the sleeves make these buildings line up in neat little rows, … Read More

Dinosaur Art Trading Cards
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There is just something really cool about how white paint markers look on brown paper. I used them before with a Fossil ATC project, and have decided to use the same combo … Read More

“Things that are Orange” ATC Cards
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One approach for an art trading card class is to think of a category, and challenge students to fill in the blanks. 1. Students drew things that are orange in pencil on … Read More

Fun with Animals ATC Template
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I had so much fun with recent ATC templates that I thought I’d make one more. This time I plan to challenge students to play with scale, as in making the animals … Read More

Art Trading Card Art, Lines Only Please
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This art trading card art project asks you to take a color photo and create a world around it using only a thin black marker. After all, if a drawing looks interesting … Read More

Paper Weaving ATC Cards
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Call this a weaving sampler, it’s one way to introduce just the very basic idea of “over and under” to little ones. 1. Cut lots of cardstock cards that measure 2.5″ x … Read More

Black and White Art Trading Cards
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These ATC cards were made with stickers I found at Staples and some black card stock paper. My students got so creative today that they gave me new ideas of what could … Read More

Warhol Art Trading Cards
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If you are familiar with Andy Warhol’s art, then you might know that he celebrated repetition that came with popular art images like the Campbell’s soup can. I made a custom ATC … Read More

Fossil Art Trading Cards
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 White paint markers on brown kraft paper make the BEST fossil drawings. MATERIALS Brown kraft paper, cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ Fossil Samples PDF files White Sharpie paint markers Sample fossil drawings … Read More

Crazy Watercolor ATCs
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Lemon juice dropped on a watercolor painting will make some pretty cool shapes if left to sit for a few minutes. Give it a few minutes to soak, dab away with a … Read More

Leaf Art Trading Cards
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I went back to my favorite markers today, Sharpie brush, for my ATC class. Those brush tips just make for the best coloring! 1. Coated paper works great with the Sharpie markers. … Read More

Art Trading Cards for Kids
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I have admired Art Trading Cards for years, amazed at what some dedicated artists can create on the very small 2.5″x 3.5″ format. I think elementary age students can do some beautiful … Read More

Sticker Art Trading Cards
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Sometimes, student’s creativity just blows me away. I brought round colored stickers, thinking that everyone could make art with just circles. Then one very clever boy started cutting up the stickers to … Read More

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