Artist Trading Cards with Texture

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 cards that measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ • Plastic Embroidery mesh • Black Sharpie marker • Crayons • Trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS 1. Challenge is to think of things that come with a grid-like texture and draw nine of them in pencil. 2. … Read More

Mini School Paper Art Trading Cards

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 printed and cut on the black crop lines. • View and download Little Letter PDF template page MATERIALS • Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ • Little Letter PDF template • Black Sharpie marker, ultra fine tip • Crayola crayons • Trading … Read More

Art Trading Card Template

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 the animals look very large or small, depending on their drawn surroundings. • View and download ATC animal template MATERIALS • Printed ATC animal page, one per student • Black Sharpie, ultra fine point • Trading Card sleeves • Paper cutter (recommeded) … Read More

Fuzzy Mice Art Trading Cards

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 to 2.5″ x 3.5″ trading card size • White paper • Pink card stock paper • Scissors • Glue stick • Trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS 1. Students tear white ovals that easily fit onto the colored card stock paper. 2. Each are … Read More

Coffee Filter Watercolor Hearts

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 the grid bleed through, which was kinda cool too. Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! MATERIALS • White round coffee filters • Old steam iron • Liquid watercolor paint • Plastic canvas • Baseball card sleeve DIRECTIONS 1. Press large coffee filters flat … Read More

Sticker Snowmen Card

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 this all with stickers and markers makes it even more fun. MATERIALS • Recollections card stock paper, blue • White sticker mailing labels 1″ x 4″ or so • White sticker labels, 1″ circle • White sticker labels, 3/4″ circle • Black … Read More

Watercolor Jewels

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 the 2.5″ x 3.5″ size cards) Black Sharpie marker, fine tip Liquid watercolor Trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS Prep: I diagrammed on the board how to draw each jewel first, mostly starting with the inside shapes and then working out. I keep seeing that … Read More

Bleeding Tissue Paper Skies

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 looking skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue squares would leave geometric patterns behind, but instead, they swirl together … Read More

Kitty Collage ATCs

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, rotating around the edges, makes for a very cute series of mini collages. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, orange and yellow • Card stock paper, black • Black Sharpie marker • Trading card sleeves • Scissors • Glue stick • Paper cutter … Read More

Animal Head ATCs

 Artist trading cards are simply little works of art the size of baseball trading cards. They are fun to make and display in trading card sleeves. I found these wonderfully simple animal faces to draw from a French company called Serie-golo. I love how each animal just uses a few lines, but is so identifiable as to what they are. Thank you Serie-golo artists, whoever you are! MATERIALS Brown kraft paper, cut to 2.5″ … Read More

ATC House Collage

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 Sharpie marker DIRECTIONS Find an old phone book or equivalent, and paint the pages different colors with watercolor. Let dry. Cut up the paper to make a simple house collage. Glue all down with a glue stick. Trace around the edge with … Read More

Valentine Trading Cards

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 able to use white gel pens, or paint on real watercolor paper, as shown in my sample. My favorite process is to make a front and back on separate papers so that you can have a color change, and a little more … Read More

Valentine Stamps

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 pretty pink paper from your favorite craft store, and maybe a heart punch or two. If anyone can think of a corny mail message to write on these, I’d love to hear it!

Shape to Cubes Art Trading Cards

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 punch came from JoAnn’s. If it’s not on sale, then their coupons are always very helpful. Make a stencil for each student, on 2 1/8″ x 5″ card stock. 2. Students draw a hexagon in the middle of an ATC card (2.5″ … Read More

Snowflake Art Trading Cards

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 paper, white Snowflake punch, large Glue stick Scissors DIRECTIONS Students use liquid watercolor paints on watercolor paper cut to the ATC size: 2.5″ x 3.5″. Random “blobs” were overlapped just a bit until the cards were filled. While wet, salt is sprinkled … Read More

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