Artist Trading Card Mirrors

Friday, July 23, 2010

If you have never made artist trading cards, they are simply playing card-size works of art that you create. Use a glue stick to make fun collages that relay your personality. Add pictures, phrases, and motifs. Some people go as far as incorporating embossed designs, wax, fabric and more. You can make this a family project and have everyone decorate a card, or coordinate a secret mission and have them made for a loved one’s birthday or other celebration! While each one will be a stand-out piece, once you unite them on a frame, they will make for a stunning and sentimental collection.

These are ATCs that were given to me by my friends on a crafting cruise! I love this project because I can see these works of art everyday and remember all the great times we had on our vacation!

Artist Trading Card Frames


Flat wood mirror (paint if desired)

Rubber stamps

Ink pads

Assorted artist trading cards

Aleene's® Fast Grab™ Tacky Glue

Assorted strands of fibers


Picture hanger

Directions: Use your stamp and ink pad to add a design to the front of the frame. Let the ink dry. Set out your cards and take time to arrange them in an appealing layout. Use decorative scissors to trim cards if necessary. Once you find a layout you like, apply the adhesive tape to secure them to the frame. Attach the eyescrew to the bottom of the frame. Cut 5-6 strands of assorted, contrasting fibers to 12”. Tie them through the eyescrew. Attach the picture hanger.