#ATCitupwithfriends: Fantasy / Sci-Fi Travelers & Adventure – Due June 30, 2017

#ATCitupWithFriends ATC Monthly Trade Events hosted by Pabkins.

THEME: Fantasy or Sci-Fi Travelers

DUE To Host by:  June 30th, 2017 (due in my hands by this date!)

SIGN UP: READ THIS BLOG POST! – I know it’s long but PLEASE READ IT!, Fill out the Questionnaire at the bottom if you haven’t previously (you only fill it out once)! – then email pabkins at gmail dot com with “TRAVELERS” and your instagram ID in the subject line


Fantasy / Sci-Fi Travelers & Adventure!

For this months theme I really want to challenge you to create a little scene if you can. Portrait style cards are still ok but I think a bit of challenge is good for the artistic soul and I’m putting this theme out early so you have plenty of time! Break outside the box and get creative. As the theme is TRAVELERS & ADVENTURE so your card should either feature a traveler or how to travel, or a setting that indicates adventure . And what is the best thing about Traveling anyways!? Adventure of course! So have fun on yours!

Examples & Ideas: 

  • A character riding a fantasy/sci-fi mount of any kind
  • or perhaps the mount lost its rider and you see it with an empty seat or saddle, or its a ship, flying boat, floating island, robot suit, something anything where you know someone could be inside or on it.
  • A character in some from of transportation, Moving house, moving castles, House boats, Floating islands, Cities or towns on the backs of huge animals, space ships, Fantasy way stops
  • Your character hiking through their fantasy landscape
  • Common Travelers: Bards, Minstrels, Gleeman, Gypsies, Adventurers, Hikers, Scientists in the field
  • Common Forms of SFF Travel: Interesting fantasy animals mounts, Gypsy Wagons, Trains, Dragons, Zeppelins, Airships, Flyers, Hang-gliders, mechanical wings, Time Machine,
  • Something to indicate they are on an adventure, are traveling, questing or going someplace. You know that feeling when you are reading a book and you turn the page to see an illustration and you know that this book or character is going someplace.

Please think about background, accent, composition and Be creative and make some gorgeous cards! Many folks participate monthly. You want your cards to be unique so that if someone receives another of your cards that don’t feel like they are getting the same thing each month.

Please be creative and DO NOT SEND practically identical face shot cards. This makes it very difficult for me to swap cards if you send the same composition of face cards each month.

Click here to see a PINTEREST Board for some inspirational pleasure!


PLEASE FOLLOW THE ADVISED SHIPPING TIME! – if your cards don’t arrive by the due date I cannot guarantee they will make it into the group.

  • US ARTISTS – Your envelope to me SHOULD BE MAILED AND POSTMARKED on or before June 25th as Mail within the US typically takes 2-6 days
  • CANADIAN ARTISTS – Your envelop SHOULD BE MAILED AND POSTMARKED on or before June 20th. Mail from Canada to US usually takes 4-10 days.
  • INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS – Your envelop SHOULD BE MAILED AND POSTMARKED on or before June 15-20th as it can take anywhere from 7-20 days to reach the US depending on your country (Phillpines, New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Sweden all tend to take 15-20 days to reach me so please keep in mind the later you mail the less likely your cards will make it into the swap!)

SENDING EARLY IS FINE! SENDING LATE IS NOT! It is upon my discretion to return late cards back to the artist’s unswapped.



– CREATE 3 ORIGINAL Hand drawn or hand painted artist trading cards from the above theme. No Political or Religious cards permitted. Or I will need to return them unswapped.

– SIZE MATTERS! Cards absolutely must be the standard size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches NO LARGER! NO SMALLER! with straight cut edges or your cards will be returned unswapped. (vertical or horizontal is fine)

– All Artists mail their cards to Pabkins – I’ll swap them for 3 different artists based on Effort for Effort taking into consideration the amount of detail and composition you sent in.  

– Optional: – “Host Gift Card” for Pabkins! It’s just an extra 4th card in the same theme if you have time. Everyone that knows me knows I’m a CRAZY ATC addict. Running this group takes a lot of my time and effort and I make a LOT of extra cards for it each month so I don’t get to do as many personal trades elsewhere. So if you want to put a big smile on my ATC loving face send 4 cards instead of 3 and I’ll get to keep one – Yippeee! I literally do a happy dance when I get one!

– Optional: – DONATIONS! – Hosting these monthly swaps costs money and I now no longer have a job so would appreciate any help you can give. Even if it’s just a stamp or a $1! If you could spare any of the following to help ease my workload I’d appreciate it!

  • a pack of Kraft 5×7 envelopes with notecards or a few quarters of dollars towards the ones I buy in bulk. The monthly group is now 50-65+ artists every month and those envelopes add up! Or slip a $1 in with your cards towards me buying a pack.
  • an extra postage stamp as sometimes folks return envelopes go over 1 ounce
  • Any Extra ATC any theme or even any you have laying around in need of a new home. Every month several envelopes go missing and I try to ensure no one goes with an empty mailbox. You can help me make that happen!
  • Sticker or prints 5×7 or SMALLER!

–  All Cards must be RECEIVED by Pabkins on or before the DUE DATE! I try to give a short 5 day grace period if you’ve mailed out in a timely manner and notified me asap. It is up to my discretion to turn away artists that are constantly late in sending their cards, or if they rushed the quality. It isn’t fair to swap out your 1 hour rushed cards for ones others spent a fair amount of time on. Please don’t make me the bad guy.

–  You only receive cards if you send cards. Please share a photo of your completed cards to the #ATCitupwithfriends hashtag when you are done. That way I can see that you made them!


Your name ,  InstagramID and #ATCitupwithfriends

ORIGINALS only! No prints, Do not copy someone else’s art, no tracings, no stolen art, Create your own original work of art!

  • Hand drawn or painted cards only! Don’t make 3 practically identical cards, that does not show creativity or effort! Please don’t send the exact same face shot and composition cards every month, break outside the box and try something new.
  • No collage, stamped, embellishments that popup from the surface and No glued together bits and bobs. Papercut is fine as long as it’s your original work. This is NOT a scrapbooking style art trade group!
  • No religious or political content in your cards.
  • It is up to my discretion to return cards unswapped! Examples of when this might happen are if they: 1) arrive too late to go into the swap (or you’ve consistently been late each month) 2) show lack of honest effort or there are no comparable effort cards to swap them with,  3) they do not meet the theme or size requirement, rough edges, poorly cut or 4) are damaged. 
  • I am NOT responsible for lost cards that do not arrive to me or that do not make it back to you. I try to replace lost cards to the best of my ability as I never want anyone to go with an empty mailbox but this is not always possible and whether I have any donation cards.

– SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA! – This is optional but encouraged – it helps our litle ATC trade event grow and builds a sense of community. So post your WIP cards! Post your finished cards! you can even post the cards you receive in return! on instagram and hashtag #ATCitupwithfriends. Get all those other traders fired up for what they might receive – and hey go take a look at the hashtag and comment on the ones you like. I am always looking at the hashtagged posts!

– INDIVIDUALLY sleeve each card – document protectors, penny sleeves (see this link), or ziplock bag – just protect it as envelopes often get wet!

  • LOST MAIL, LOST CARDS – I am not responsible for lost or stolen mail. If I do not receive cards I cannot swap out cards from the group swap. I try to make sure no one goes with an empty mailbox but I cannot do this alone as the group is too large. Donation cards for lost or stolen envelopes are appreciated. If I attempt to replace a lost envelope it will be solely upon my discretion and likely only if you are standing member of the group and if you agree to donate some future emergency cards.




INCLUDE YOUR POSTAGE AND RETURN ADDRESS LABELS PLEASE!!!! If you can a self addressed stamped envelope would be great!

– U.S. ARTISTS: include a Postage stamp, or however many it cost you to mail your envelope. So if your cards are heavy then 2 postage stamps (please don’t forget – many of you have been forgetting)

– INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: please donate $1.15 via the Paypal friends and family method to pabkins @ gmail as an international postage stamp costs $1.15. 

INCLUDE a LARGE and CLEARLY WRITTEN RETURN ADDRESS paper or sticky label with your cards!!!! (sticky label preferred – come on make it easy on me! but a piece of paper with your address clearly written on it is fine also and I’ll tape it to the envelope.

I SUPPLY: the return envelopes, sleeves and postage overages, Random prints, stickers, and sometimes extra originals. DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!

  • All return Envelopes will be mailed back out within 5-10 days after the Due by date

 – REQUIRED: FILL OUT THIS ARTIST INFO QUESTIONNAIRE (it helps me know your likes and dislikes so I can better swap cards – you only need to fill it out once ever)