for Artist Trading Cards:
Old decks of playing cards.
They are the exact size needed, everybody has a deck missing some cards which they could use for ATC’s. Here’s what I did:
I sanded the cards, on both sides. Then I used a damp tack cloth and wiped the dust off. (You might want to sand them outside, it does get kind of messy and you probably don’t want to breathe in the dust.) After that I put a thin coat of gesso on the number side of the card. After the gesso dried I smeared the number side of the card with my watered-down Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Then I placed a piece of parchment paper over that and smoothed it with my old gift card. I trimmed the edges to fit the card. I used stamps, sprays, stencils and acrylic paints to make my backgrounds.
These are now ready for making into ATC’s.
All in all, a really cheap way to make some art.