ATC samples


I am still playing with placement, fonts, etc for my WOYWW ATCs.  I made a few samples. I actually like all of these fonts, and can’t really decide between them


I also wanted to test out the chalkboard-backer to see how I liked it.  I think it ends up being dependant on having a good white pen! I did a more plain text version, as I thought the “handwritten” font would conflict with my OWN handwriting.  I think I may use it.


Now people who make ATCs a LOT can answer a question – on the series idea.  If you say 1 of 5, 2 of 5, etc.  does that imply that all in the series are EXACTLY the same?  Would they be originals (i.e. 1 of 1) if there were only slight variations, like among these?  I have no idea.  And a question on the backer – do you prefer them to be the EXACT size of the card or slightly smaller?  I made this one slightly smaller, then wanted to make sure I covered the machine stitching so I had to shift it too far to the left for it to be centred. DOH!  So before I print a whole sheet of them I have to decide.  I’m happy to decide to make them slightly smaller, but if I were to share them as a download, it’d be better the know what those who might like them would do!  I guess if I made them exactly to fit, then you can always trim them smaller. so maybe that decision is already made LOL!

Off to a meeting, ho-hum…..


6 thoughts on “ATC samples

  1. Great ATCs Maryanne. Personally I like the green one best. I think that font goes so well with the whole drawing/blueprint style of the fan stamp, and I like green!
    I number my ATC’s 1 of however many I made of that one as they are normally (basically) the same. With yours above, I think they are sufficiently different that if you only make 1 one of each colour/style, I would number them 1 of a series of 3, etc. I’ve sent you an email with attachment and a bit more of an explanation. In the end though, I don’t think there is a right or wrong way.
    Keep up the great sharing on your blog. I love your work!

    • Thanks for both the comment and your longer email! You are very much helping me to negotiate the minefield that is ATC labelling! That is the problem with dabbling….



  2. I think your atc’s are great! Very original. For the backing sheet, I prefer it to be ever so slightly smaller than the base card of the atc so that the back does not always need to be covered with something decorative.

  3. I love your ATC’s and make many for trading myself. I number mine 1 of xx for a the series even if slight variations exist. I only trade originals. And I always keep the last number for myself. Don’t know why on that one, just became a habit. If I made them for a specific swap, I put that information on the back as well. I print my backs out on cardstock and cut them just ever so slightly smaller than the front (like 1/8 inch) so avoid a second trimming. I like the stability that the cardstock gives the ATC after it’s been manhandled during the creative process. I am always curious about how other folks store/display their ATC’s. I just did a big swap and ended up making a special divided box to store the swap. One side has my ATC’s and the other side has the ones I received. I don’t have a blog but you can find me up on pinterest if you are interested in seeing my work I will put a pic of my box up there so you can see what I mean. thanks so much for sharing.

  4. As the whole reason for the ATCs is one thing – ie, WOYWW 4 – then I think you would be justified in having it as a single series, So if you have 15 ATCs that all look different, just use 1 of 15, 2 of 15 etc. Consider them as a set – whether they match or are all different, doesn’t matter.

    Ultimately, it’s down to personal preference!

  5. I like the backs to be the exact same size as the front… I have a big atc collection and all the ones I’ve ever received in swaps, the backs are the same size as the front. I have two of the 7Gypsies ATC spinners completely full and several binders full… so fun! Your chalkboard back is a great idea. We like our ATC’s sturdy so they aren’t warped from gluing etc. I number similar multiples 1 of 9 but if they are completely different, they are one of one.

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