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Creative Wings Art Shoppe is proud to introduce a wonderful new creative opportunity here called the ATC SWAP! ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards, which are miniature pieces of art made by artists and then “traded” around your particular group – or the world! The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5″ x 3.5″. Often times these are done on a standard deck of playing cards.

In August of 2019, we held our first “Introduction” class to ATCs at the shoppe. It was so well received, we are jumping on the bandwagon and will now be hosting regular swaps throughout the year.


  • 13 participants per swap
  • Participants are to complete (on their own time*), and hand in 52 FINISHED ATCs. An easy calculation for this is for each participant to create 4 DIFFERENT DESIGNS within the specific theme of the swap, and then duplicate each design on 12 additional cards (4 x 13 =  52 deck of cards). *Remember – we often offer “OPEN ART” times at the shoppe – those are a great time to come in and work on your cards and get tips and pointers from others!
  • Local participants (who will drop off and pick up ATCs) fee is $20
  • Non-Local participants (whose cards will be mailed to and from) fee is $25
  • Participation fee must be paid at the time of registration, and is nonrefundable if you to not complete your cards.

Here are the themes and deadlines for upcoming ATC SWAPS at Creative Wings Art Shoppe:


If you have any questions about this program – PLEASE call the shoppe at 815-905-3068 and talk to Leanne or Cindy – we are more than happy to discuss ATC’s with you! (We are kind of addicted to them, already!)