The good bits to ATCs is the storage for display in folders using the Ultra pro (boy does this company know why all of a sudden they are selling these like hotcakes!!!) 9 card per page plastic sleeves. They keep grubby, chocolate covered fingers off your artwork and they are portable and is great for posting in for swaps.
At first I couldn't get my head around such a small canvas, can you imagine a guy came up with this idea first, check out this
I jumped in the deep end after the local trade and played in some might huge swaps, my first ATC swap was a local one for 50, holy canoli, what was I thinking, but then again I'm not afraid and suprise myself sometimes. A year later I now have 700, blimey that means I have made that many as well. Well apart from RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) atcs which I send out and never expect any back so I must be into my century of creating ATCs. Now I still make traditional card size cards and sometimes I take my ATC and dress it up and make a card size out of it...no I dont use an iron, press and pull or traction to do that!!
Here are some links to templates for ATCs and envelopes, the trouble with some atc templates are that they are in pdf format so you can't type up your details before printing to save on all the repetitive strain injury caused by this love, so I made my own in MS word.
Here's a cute envelope template by
Now here's a kewl
Here is one that is a
This lady is smart and thinks like me, she made a
So if you see any kewl templates out there for ATCs -->EMAIL ME and I will put a link in here.