Black and White Art Trading Cards

These art trading cards were simply 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 be made with a few circles and rectangles. For example, my collection from top left is: 1. A dog, 2. street divider line, 3. baby carriage, 4. Mickey Mouse, 5. close up of Swiss cheese, 6. blowing bubbles, 7. unlaced … Read More

Winter Tree Drawing and Tissue Paper Skies

You can make this winter tree drawing with the help of bleeding tissue paper. Just apply water to small squares and they leave behind amazing swirly winter 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 and make a very soft mix … Read More

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 Art

You can make beautiful bleeding tissue paper art with small squares of turquoise and purple. Apply water and they leave behind amazing swirly winter 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 and make a very soft mix of cool color. … 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

Shape to Cubes Art Trading Cards

A hexagon paper punch makes the perfect stencil for students to draw their own cubes. Shadow painting techniques may also be applied to make things 3D.   MATERIALS • Cardstock paper for making a stencil • Hexagon punch, 2″ size • Watercolor paper • Paper cutter • Liquid watercolor paint • Black Sharpie marker • Plastic trading card sleeve     DIRECTIONS PREP: Make a 2″ hexagon stencil for each student, on 2 1/8″ … 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

Sticker Snowman Art Trading Cards

Look no further for fun snowman craft ideas with my sticker card project. Learn how to animate your snowman by altering where things are placed on the body. These snowman trading cards make use of a trading card sleeve to line them up for display. I love how the sleeves make the art have an instant laminated look. Everything looks good when it is shiny and smooth, if you ask me. This project was … Read More

Scotch Tape Fall Trees

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 Trading card sleeve   DIRECTIONS Cut 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards from card stock paper. Students use an assortment of Scotch masking tape to cut and apply grass and trees to each card. Tree trunk and branch lines are applied with an ultra-fine … Read More

Halloween Art Project Cat Collage

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

Spiderweb Art Trading Cards

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. MATERIALS Black card stock paper, cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ White Sharpie paint marker Trading card sleeve DIRECTIONS Cut black paper to 2.5″ x 3.5″ standard ATC size. Draw about 8 straight lines radiating out from a center point on a card. … Read More

Paper Quilt Art Trading Cards

This is still one of my favorite art trading cards ideas, just rotated squares on a rectangle. Makes for a pretty color study. I’m still so fond of how the plastic sleeves smooth out any less than perfect gluing and make cards look almost laminated. MATERIALS Card stock paper, cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ size, lots of different colors Card stock paper scraps Scissors Cardboard templates, 1.75″ and 1″   DIRECTIONS Cut lots of … Read More

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