What are Artist Trading Cards (ATC)? Historically they've been handmade sets of cards created by a group of artists who trade their cards amongst themselves, ending up with new sets of cards comprised of one card from each artist. Originally these cards did not involve origami until MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson and Jean Baden Gillette introduced "origami" ATCs to the OrigamiUSA convention in 2006.

The size requirement for ATCs is that they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 x 89mm), the size of baseball trading cards. Origami ATC’s have the added requirement of having origami on or as part of the card. In addition they should be able to fit in a trading card plastic sleeve, to protect the artwork, which limits the overall thickness.

New This Year

When ATCs first began at convention we encouraged mail-in participation. We are once again going back to that format. However, this feature is limited to the Continental US. Otherwise there must be a designated proxy at the convention. If International ATC creators want to participate, they should coordinate on their own with a 2017 convention attendee to return their ATCs. Please review the information below under registration for swappers not attending convention.

General Information

  1. Anyone who is serious about making ATCs may participate in this ATC Swap. But you must register (see below) no later than Monday, June 5, 2017. You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours.
  2. There is no official design theme for the swap. You have creative control!
  3. NEW: An official set consists of 18 cards, one set per person please!
  4. Your set must be received no later than Friday, June 16, 2017
  5. One card of the set of 18 cards will be kept for the official collection and the exhibition. It will be replaced with an official Twelfth ATC Swap title card.
  6. We will meet at the convention to receive traded sets, meet each other and "talk swap".
  7. The group swap location will be announced by email and at the convention and we will meet on Saturday, June 24, 7:30 PM
  8. Unofficial and private swapping of ATCs is encouraged, whether it's extras from this swap or other cards you have or with last minute artists.
  9. Cards for this Twelfth ATC Swap will be on display at the OrigamiUSA convention exhibition.


  1. To register, email Jean Baden-Gillette at PaperBerry [at]
  2. Please include your name, email address, and mobile phone if you will be attending in person. If you have designated a proxy at convention to receive your cards please provide the proxy’s mobile phone number as well.
  3. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 5, 2017. .
  4. If you are registered but for any reason need to cancel your participation, please contact Jean Baden-Gillette as soon as possible.

Cards: Making, Sending, Receiving

  1. Official sets consist of 18 cards: 2.5 x 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm. You are strongly encouraged to make extras for private swaps.
  2. There is no official theme other than origami. Be creative in your use of origami.
  3. Your ATCs must include origami or be an origami folded card.
  4. Please include on the back of the card a label with this info:
    • Name of the artist
    • Location of the artist (City,State)
    • Title of the card
    • Email address
    • Edition number of card, e.g., 1/18, 2/18, 3/18 etc.
    • Date: June 2017
    • Optional: To respect the creativity of origami creators, you may want to include the creator’s name
    • Event: Twelfth ATC Swap @ OrigamiUSA Convention 2017
  5. Please protect each card with a plastic card sleeve.
  6. Please package your participating set in a sealable plastic bag with your name and contact information on it.
  7. Cards must be received no later than Friday, June 16, 2017. Please respect this deadline. Jean Baden-Gillette will be leaving for NY shortly thereafter and may not get them if the deadline is missed.
  8. Mail your ATC set (ideally in a padded envelope) to:
    Jean Baden-Gillette
    6478 W Roxbury Drive
    Littleton, CO 80128
    Phone: 720-410-2912
  9. If you have designated an ATC proxy at the convention to be responsible for your cards, please include the proxy’s name, email address and mobile phone number. This will help ensure you get your set of traded cards.
  10. If you want your cards mailed to you, please include $4.00 to cover the cost of a padded envelope and postage. Mailed cards may not be returned until after July 4 when Jean returns home.


  • Registration– by Monday, June 5, 2017
  • Mailed set received– by Friday, June 16, 2017
  • Swap Meet up– Saturday, June 24, 7;30-8;15 pm, Location TBD

Contact Information

Jean Baden-Gillette
PaperBerry [at]
Prior to June 17 – 720-410-2912
After June 17 – 347-572-5503