- Make your own trading cards
- Trading card format and format
- Display and storage of the trading card
- Family trading cards
- Collectable Birthday Cards and Milestones
- Collectible Pair Cards
- Pet Trading Cards
- Club or trading card organization
- Collectible cards with values and collections
- Collectible Artist Cards
- To-do list business card
Make your own trading cards
Collectible cards aren’t just for sports figures. Anything or anyone can be on a trading card. They make great gifts, but you can use the trading card format for other purposes as well. Check your desktop publishing software for trading card templates or create your own. You can even purchase special documents specific to trading cards. Collectible cards can replace greeting cards and their collection creates a photo album or an album of memories.
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Trading card format and format
The default size of a trading card is 2.5″ by 3.5″ . You can make them any size you want, but if you use a standard size you can buy standard trading card pouches and use them for your cards. Collectible cards can be portrait or landscape orientation . Usually, the front of a trading card is a photo of the person (or thing) that is the subject of the card. You can also use drawings or other artwork. The back of the trading card contains important statistics. For non-sports cards, this may include information such as subject name, birthday, time and place of photo, lists of hobbies or interests, featured quotes, or a detailed description of the event or object depicted.
Display and storage of the trading card
make your own trading card album or photo album using pocket pages. They come in a variety of sizes and have 4 to 9 standard cards. This is a great alternative for those who don’t feel smart enough to take traditional notes. Place the pages in a storage folder. You can also buy trading card sized boxes or get acrylic holders that display your card like a photo, but still let you easily see the stats on the back.
Family trading cards
For a holiday or a special gift for friends and family, make a set of trading cards – one card per family member. On the back of the card is a personal message from each family member. Make it an annual event and save the card set for yourself to create a family album.
Collectable Birthday Cards and Milestones
From a birth announcement to graduation, share a child’s life with family and friends by creating a new trading card for every birthday, graduation, summer vacation and other big occasions. Send postcards over the years, but keep them complete and give them to your child at an appropriate time in the future.
Collectible Pair Cards
Similar to gift cards (“good for one bunch”), put together a set of trading cards for couples to trade with each other from time to time. Spend time decorating cards with sentimental quotes, love poems, and drawings. Each card can represent an activity (foot massage, breakfast in bed, midnight shopping around the corner, movie night) or simply a favorite memory or mood you want to share at that moment. Give a box set (one for you, one for your partner) for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or any other special occasion.
Pet Trading Cards
Create a special memory book for past, present and future pets. The back of the card has the pet’s name (including how the pet got its name), birthday, parentage, or other information about your pet, and possibly a funny or favorite story about that pet.
Club or trading card organization
Are you a member of a book club, sewing club, running club or other group? Create trading cards for members. Important stats on the back of a trading card may include books read or a list of favorite authors, prizes, races, or races won this year. In addition to or instead of individual portraits, there may be group photos, a collage of images, photos of club events, completed projects, or other objects that represent the club or a particular member. Create a trading card album for the club and create card sets to distribute to all members.
Collectible cards with values and collections
Make trading cards from your valuables or items you collect, such as books, art, or collectible toys. The cards may be for personal use, insurance purposes, or display to potential buyers. The back of the trading card list shows the date and place of purchase, value, appraised value, detailed description, storage location, and any special notes, including sentimental attachments.
Collectible Artist Cards
Artist cards (ATC), the size of traditional trading cards (2.5 x 3.5), are an art form designed specifically for trading. The trading cards you make as gifts can be your own form of ATC – use your own photos or other artwork and decorate them however you like. ATC is often made by hand using traditional art supplies, but it can also be done on a computer – or a combination of both. Some ATCs do not fit neatly into standard pocket pages (due to thickness/decorations), but can be kept in decorative boxes or displayed on shelves or in shadow boxes.
To-do list business card
Snap photos of a pile of dirty dishes or clothes, a mop, a skandora in need of repair, a lawnmower, a family car with ‘Wash Me’ engraved in the dust. Put them on a card. On the back of the cards are details such as clothes washer settings, detergent locations, how long the job takes, etc. Cards are color coded by age – mowing the lawn may not be suitable for ages 5 but they can help with dust or water plants. Make a game of drawing cards, trading cards and of course doing the task on the card. When you’re done, put the card back in the pocket page or another storage location until next time.