Today I received my first ATC in the mail.
I’d traded before, but it was an orchestrated trade where you didn’t really have a choice. You put down several of yours, and picked up several of theirs. Clearly this was not the optimal way of getting fair trades. However, finding artists via WordPress, seeing and admiring their work, and then asking for a trade is a great way to exchange ATCs. I am so thrilled with my first card, I can’t wait to put it in a new album I’ve started just for my traded cards. Furthermore, the FUN of waiting for the card, the ANTICIPATION of it arriving in the mail, reminded me of when I was a kid and I’d ordered the Mr. Peanut plastic bank. Actually I think that took a few torturous months to arrive, but when it did I am sure I was no more thrilled than I am today. My thanks to Jill at Bucks County Folk Art, a Blogspot.com site I highly recommend. She writes a great blog, and is a very talented artist. I hope to trade with her again and always enjoy visiting her Etsy store to see what she’s up to. I’ve added her to my links, so please visit her for fun and inspiration.
As a coincidence, I was working on a new series of ATCs for Valentine’s Day. These are mixed media, with fabric and paper flowers, shell stems and heart, and simple stamps. I’m happy with the way they turned out. I have another card I’m waiting to receive, and I’m hoping my knitting needles arrive in time for me to do my “homework” before the next knitting club meeting.
Here’s a question that perhaps someone in the ATC world can answer. I use E6000 glue and find it works extremely well no matter what I’m gluing to what. But the sting is that it stinks to high heaven. I always need to put the glued item(s) outside to air out, and sometimes for as long as a few days. Can anyone recommend a glue that works as well but doesn’t smell so badly? I’d appreciate it.