What do I mean by "REAL", well I started on the 2.5 x 3.5 inch format with painting, but it was done with a view to selling them on Ebay - at which I was quite successful - so I knew them as ACEO's.
Reading about ACEO's I accidentally came across the term ATC and it was in connection with collage and mixed media, so to me real ATC's are mixed media/collage. Silly, I know, especially as I have written a Squidoo lens titled, Making Artist Trading Cards - 1001 Techniques</a> but we all have our little foibles. Now, now, no silly comments please!
I am still making collaged ATC's several years later, which I consider my "style". I have toyed with other techniques but always return to the collaging.
Here are my latest pair, created for a challenge on PDA with a theme of "misfortune". I keep setting some corkers and end up having a hard time trying to make something to meet my own themes.
The first is titled, She had the misfortune to be drawn both ways
The second is titled, Miss Fortune, a very lucky lady.