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Strathmore Blank Cards and Envelopes

Strathmore Blank Artist Trading Cards

Media Applications:
Smooth - graphite pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, pen & ink, marker, mixed media, collage
Vellum - graphite pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, pen & ink, marker, soft pastel, mixed media, oil pastel, collage

An economical bristol weight board available in two surfaces. Smooth finish is excellent for mechanical drawing, pencil, pen and ink. Ideal for experimentation with airbrush. Vellum finish is excellent for any dry media including pencil, charcoal, and pastel.


  • 300 Series Bristol Artist Trading Cards
  • 300 Series Canvas Paper Artist Trading Cards
  • 400 Series Acrylic Artist Trading Cards
  • 400 Series Textured Artist Trading Cards
  • 400 Series Watercolor Artist Trading Cards
  • 500 Series Illustration Board Artist Trading Cards
  • Assorted Pack Artist Trading Cards
  • Bamboo Artist Trading Cards
  • Black Board Artist Trading Cards
  • Envelopes
  • Frame Cards
  • Sleeves

Assorted Pack — This package contains 2 sheets each of Smooth Bristol, Vellum Bristol, Canvas paper, Textured paper, and Watercolor paper. It also contains a single sheet each of Illustration Board and Acrylic paper.

Artist Trading Card Frame Cards — These are a great way to display or send trading cards. Essentially a white tri-fold card with a cutout window, each frame accepts a standard size Artist Trading Card (2-1/4" × 3-1/4" opening), which slides easily into the pocket. Each package includes six frames, which measure 3-1/2" × 4-7/8" (89 mm × 124 mm). Packages also contain six envelopes, measuring 3-5/8" × 5-1/8" (92 mm × 130 mm) and six polypropylene sleeves, measuring 3" × 4-1/2" (76 mm × 114 mm).

Artist Trading Card Vinyl Sleeves — Protect and store your distinctive trading cards with these top-loading sleeves constructed of clear, rigid vinyl. The sleeves are available in convenient five packs. Each sleeve measures 3" × 4-1/2" (76 mm × 114 mm).

What are artist trading cards?
Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized "swap" events, either in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5" x 3.5".

How did the movement start?
In 1997, M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception. The movement took off, and today, there are ATC swaps in almost every major city around the world. There are also many online swaps.

How do I create ATCs?
Most swaps are open to any media, materials or techniques as long as the card fits into a standard trading card sleeve. ATCs are traded, not sold. However, there are some artists who choose to sell cards. Cards that are sold are called Art Card Editions and Originals (ACEO).

How do I trade cards?
You can locate an in-person swap in your area, find an online swap, or organize your own swap. There are a number of Web sites that others have created to help artists get started. They can be found by doing online searches using key words such as “artist trading cards.”

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