View Full Version : Ginger Cats and Koi! A Hand Drawn or Painted Swap - Due April 22, 2011

Evil Seedlet
02-22-2011, 09:10 PM
Swap Due Date - April 22
Signup/withdraw date - You can sign up or withdraw at any time before the due date as long as your cards are on time.
Number of Cards - 3 for 3
Number of participants - 12 (plus me)

Ginger Cats and Koi! A Hand Drawn or Painted Swap!\

Thanks for looking!

I don't know what it is, but I just love pictures and drawings of cats and fish together. And gingers (AKA orange tabby cats) have captured my heart since my first-ever cat Dopey came into my life-- or should I say since I came into his, as he was older than me! Plus out of all the fish, I find koi and fancy goldfish to be the most interesting to look at, and it doesn't hurt that their golden tones match that of a ginger's! So this swap is about bringing these two things together-- or not!

Swap Specific Rules:

All participants must create 3 ATCs themed either with a ginger cat, a koi fish (or a fancy goldfish), or both together. You can make one of each, or all of the same (ie, 3 cat cards or 3 fish cards, or 3 with both) as long as each card contains at least a fish or a cat.
All cards MUST be hand painted or drawn. No digital media or collage. Using special papers as the background of your card is ok, as long as everything else was drawn by your own hand.
Cards should be in color, how you choose to color them is up to you.
All 3 cards must be different! No factory line production.
Please chat in the thread! Post pictures of your cherished ginger cats or links to pictures that have inspired you. Post your finished work if you wish and let us drool! Talk about your old cat or goldfish and what he meant to you.
I will pay for two (2) international players. Any additional ones who wish to play must provide their own postage in the form of US stamps, well-concealed cash or a paypal payment.

General Rules:

Players of all skill levels welcome.
Cards must be received by me by the due date. Late cards with no explanation will be returned with a neutral iTrader rating given.
Participants upon receiving their returns should leave me an iTrader rating, and leave reputation points for those who they received cards from.
Make sure your cards are of standard 2.5"x3.5" size.
Make cards of a decent thickness. Standard paper or cardstock is not thick enough, try to double-layer stock or use heavy watercolor paper (or something equally thick) to make your cards.
Send all cards with a plastic sleeve.
Please include at LEAST your ATCsForAll username, swap name, and state or country of origin on the back of all cards, but more information is always better!
This should be a given with the hand-drawn mandate, but NO thick embellishments on any card! All cards should be smooth and flat.
A hostess card is NOT required, but would be cherished forever!

Mailing Your Cards:

Along with your cards, all participants should send a legal-sized SASE with as much postage as it took to send to me. Most of you have probably developed a packing method that works well for you, but if you are new I suggest taping your cards together so they are flat and in a line so your envelope isn't too thick. Make sure to write your name and address clearly on your SASE. You can ask me for my address any time.

My promises to you:

I promise to keep this thread updated with news on who's cards I have received. I promise to communicate with participants and potential players on the rules and status of this swap when asked. I also promise to swap like-for-like as well as I can with the cards that are sent to me, and to leave iTrader points for all of those who send me cards for this swap. I pledge to send returns out in a timely manner and to update users when cards have been sent. Please post or PM me with ANY questions you may have, or to sign up or withdraw.

Example Art:



International Received

0) Evil Seedlet
1) Maineatc
2) blueanchors3
3) sabrinalouisemiller
4) SharonPMartin
5) Art101
6) FaeLynn
8) momoeight
9) BayBird

Members of Lurkdom:

1) AnnaAardvark
2) Nightvamp
3) novasmem

02-23-2011, 01:18 AM
Sign me up please, I'd love to play this one!

Evil Seedlet
02-23-2011, 01:31 AM
<3 :-D my first ever swap participant! Welcome!

Evil Seedlet
02-23-2011, 02:48 PM
I think I am going to post a picture of a ginger cat and a koi/fancy goldfish every day or two for inspiration! Here are the first ones..

Some beautiful Koi fish from flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/katie_cat/2499519099/sizes/m/in/photostream/)

A beautiful ginger with white paws, also from Flickr: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobra/2605810/)

Both pictures have creative commons licenses that say I can share these pictures as long as I credit them, which I do in their links. All the pictures I post will be like this.

02-23-2011, 05:26 PM
I'll join!~ :3

Evil Seedlet
02-23-2011, 05:52 PM
Yay Octocat! Player #2 :)

02-24-2011, 05:27 AM
Keeping this one on my radar but not ready to commit yet... :radar:

Evil Seedlet
02-24-2011, 01:25 PM
No problem Anna :) Welcome to lurkdom.

02-24-2011, 03:33 PM
lurking for now

Evil Seedlet
02-24-2011, 03:43 PM
:D Good to see you, Nightvamp.

Evil Seedlet
02-25-2011, 01:11 PM
Time for the Daily(ish) photos!

A gorgeous marbled orange kitty from flickr: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/liamliberty/3482997821/)

Some small adorable koi fish also from flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/urtica/5964875/sizes/m/in/photostream/):

Evil Seedlet
02-25-2011, 04:43 PM
:3 No problem! Guess I better make the list official :) Good you have you lurking ;)

02-25-2011, 06:32 PM
Can you add me to the lurkers list? Once I clear out my swap requirements from other websites I would love t join this one but don't want to overcommit too early!

I'm with Sabrina...I definitely want in on this...but I have to hurry and finish a few other things this weekend...

your sample cards are unbelievable

Evil Seedlet
02-25-2011, 06:54 PM
<3 thank you so much for your compliment Novasmem, and you are added to the list. Good luck in your other endeavors!

And to add to the thread, I just finished painting a pair of shoes I am doing on commission, and one of the sides "just so happens" to feature a ginger cat and a koi fish!


02-25-2011, 07:13 PM
That sneaker ROCKS!!

Evil Seedlet
02-25-2011, 07:15 PM
Thanks! I wish I could keep them for myself! They'll get a proper photoshoot once I finish the last few touches.

02-28-2011, 12:06 AM
The sneakers are wonderful.

Evil Seedlet
02-28-2011, 02:35 PM
New kitties and fish to inspire you!

ADORABLE ginger kittens from Flickr! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nagamori/27980536/)

From Flickr, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/haveclipperswilltravel/4545122472/) a fancy goldfish this time instead of a koi:

03-01-2011, 12:24 AM
I too would like to reside in Lurkdom.

Evil Seedlet
03-01-2011, 12:39 AM
:3 Lurk away!

Evil Seedlet
03-01-2011, 03:21 PM
Perhaps your kitten will be sitting in a box like this one? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelhays/2886206816/)

Maybe your fishie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flocci/67135718/) has a best friend?

03-01-2011, 06:45 PM
i would like to join if possible :D

Evil Seedlet
03-01-2011, 07:17 PM
Sure! Are you in the United States or International? Welcome to the site, by the way!

03-01-2011, 08:47 PM
Thanks! I'm USA

Evil Seedlet
03-01-2011, 09:30 PM
Woo, we're slowly filling up! Remember that you all are welcome to post the cards that you make to the thread, along with photos or art that inspire you-- ESPECIALLY photos of your own Gingers and fishies!

Evil Seedlet
03-03-2011, 01:06 PM
:-D Welcome Sabrina, you're our first official international player. And you don't want to disappoint those kitties.. you won't get a full night's sleep for weeks o_o

Evil Seedlet
03-03-2011, 08:07 PM
Maybe your ginger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/5039835318/) is having a good stretch!

How many koi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snokite/2553996307/) can you fit onto a card?

Evil Seedlet
03-07-2011, 02:05 PM
My first two cards for the swap!



Evil Seedlet
03-08-2011, 02:34 PM
Is your Koi or goldfish (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14435453@N04/3668565934/) covered in spots?

Maybe your kitty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/diamond_rain/5506576715/) likes them chin scritches!

03-08-2011, 03:43 PM
Hi, can I please join? I'm a stamper, collager, not much of a drawer. Just want to stretch myself artistically. Thanks.

Evil Seedlet
03-08-2011, 04:20 PM
No problem, all levels are welcome <3 Have fun creating!

Evil Seedlet
03-08-2011, 06:03 PM
Welcome to Lurkdom :D

03-09-2011, 08:30 PM
Can I join

Evil Seedlet
03-09-2011, 10:08 PM
You sure can! Welcome aboard!

And our members have now passed the halfway point, so lurkers should start thinking about joining if they really want in ;)

Evil Seedlet
03-10-2011, 01:03 PM
Oh, oops! Sure thing ^_^

03-12-2011, 08:47 AM
Ok, please jump me from lurker to player!

Evil Seedlet
03-12-2011, 01:44 PM
:D Awesome! You're in!

Evil Seedlet
03-12-2011, 09:16 PM
<3 Welcome to the swap!

03-16-2011, 12:46 PM
These are my attempts.

03-16-2011, 12:51 PM

03-16-2011, 01:59 PM
Cannot resist! I want to join this swap!

Evil Seedlet
03-16-2011, 04:11 PM
:D:D:D Beautiful cards, Sharon! I love them!

Welcome to the swap, Halla! You are my second international!

03-16-2011, 11:47 PM
Ain't he cute

Evil Seedlet
03-17-2011, 02:10 AM
Ooo <3 I love his little white feet!

Evil Seedlet
03-17-2011, 12:56 PM
>: ( I would NEVER stop being mad about that! That is unbelievable and anyone who does something like that needs their head checked out (at any age!). At least you got the time with him that you did.

Evil Seedlet
03-17-2011, 07:52 PM
He's a real cutie :)

03-17-2011, 08:36 PM
Indy was adorable.

03-19-2011, 01:19 AM
I would like to join up!!

03-19-2011, 12:46 PM
Such a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing

Evil Seedlet
03-19-2011, 01:44 PM
I would like to join up!!

Welcome aboard!

Evil Seedlet
03-19-2011, 01:47 PM
FaeLynn, don't worry about getting off track, all kitten stories are welcome :3 It's so wonderful of you guys to adopt a little special needs kitty, and that painting is beautiful!

Evil Seedlet
03-19-2011, 04:35 PM
You'll be the last player! Yay!!

Evil Seedlet
03-24-2011, 02:53 PM
Cards have arrived from both blueanchors3 and ShapronPMartin! thank you both! Great cards <3

Evil Seedlet
03-24-2011, 03:06 PM
Is your fishy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuca10/2643009741/) orange with white, or white with orange?


What about your ginger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rileyroxx/363565076/)?


03-26-2011, 09:19 PM
Hey, isn't that a goldfish (not a koi)? :goofy:

Evil Seedlet
03-26-2011, 09:56 PM
Yeah, I'm allowing the fancy style goldfish too :3

03-27-2011, 03:36 AM
Oh I'm glad you posted that pic and I asked, because I'd not been thinking about doing goldfish! The more choices to draw, the better!

Evil Seedlet
03-27-2011, 05:21 AM
:D As long as they are the kind with lots of colors, goldfish are fine :3 There are so many pretty fishies, I hope they inspire you!

03-28-2011, 01:35 AM
Wondering what color(s) to make your koi? Here is a great reference site with pictures of different koi varities.

03-28-2011, 05:55 AM
Here are my watercolor and ink cards. This was fun, once I studied up on the colors of koi.

Evil Seedlet
03-28-2011, 11:32 AM
Oh, great link Art101! And those cards are beautiful! I love Koi <3

04-01-2011, 04:22 AM
Here are my cards. I am not a cat expert, so I hope these cards fit the theme.

Evil Seedlet
04-01-2011, 10:29 AM
:D those are great! I love the flying fish <3

Evil Seedlet
04-03-2011, 01:26 PM
I got your cards yesterday, Art101! LOVE 'em! And thank you so much for the extra <3

04-04-2011, 05:33 AM
I got your cards yesterday, Art101! LOVE 'em! And thank you so much for the extra <3
Whew, I'm always glad when my cards have arrived safely. (And, you are welcome.)

Evil Seedlet
04-04-2011, 08:25 PM
:O Yikes! Good thing you caught it before it really did start a fire!

momoeight, your cards arrived today :D

04-05-2011, 01:20 AM
Then I smell smoke, and a lot of it starts billowing from the light fixture!! Yeah, that sort of gets your attention doesn't it? I had the cord of my old iron do the same thing, it started smoking in the middle of the cord while in use. I'd never thought about an iron cord getting "too old" before that happened.

04-10-2011, 02:32 PM
Fae, I am not a size stickler myself. But if you are concerned about it, you could always mount it on a nice contrasting paper or card stock, gold maybe, so there is a small border all the way around.

Those cards are great, BTW. I love the pose you captured the cats in!

Evil Seedlet
04-10-2011, 07:49 PM
Lovely cards! and yeah, Like Momo said, if it really bothers you you can just mount it on something closer to the right size and it will be fine :3

04-11-2011, 08:18 AM
Here are my cards for the swap. I sent them last Thursday.

Personally I don't mind small measure oopsies. When you cut atc blanks by hand there easily comes couple mm changes. As long as the cards are about the right size and fit those plastic sleeves I'm happy.

I like the cards posted on this thread so far. It's interesting to see how different results you can get with the same subject.

04-14-2011, 01:38 PM
My apologies but I have to withdraw.

Evil Seedlet
04-14-2011, 02:01 PM
:) thank you for letting me know

Evil Seedlet
04-14-2011, 11:00 PM
I got FaeLynn and Halla's cards today! thank you guys for the host cards and extras!

04-15-2011, 05:38 AM
Good to know my cards are there.

Evil Seedlet
04-18-2011, 01:33 AM
Not yet :( But mail from Canada can be weird, I'll keep an eye out!

Evil Seedlet
04-18-2011, 07:29 PM
The due date it just a few days away! Get your cards in before it's too late! :D

Evil Seedlet
04-19-2011, 05:57 PM
Well as long as they get here before I actually send out, it'll be fine, and I won't give you a bad rating even if they don't. Silly mail.

04-20-2011, 08:53 PM
I have to withdraw. :[
Sorry for withdrawing so late in the game, but I can't do any ATCs for awhile. Finals are kicking my butt, and I have a wedding coming up in a month. So much to do!

Evil Seedlet
04-23-2011, 01:34 AM
Sorry to hear Octocat, but thank you for letting me know :3

Baybird, I got your cards! I'll be swapping them out over the next week!

Evil Seedlet
05-02-2011, 02:10 AM
I haven't seen them yet :( I've kind of been holding out on swapping in case they came, but it doesn't look likely. I think I'll finish swapping now and if they come I'll just return them with something nice :) thank you for playing.

05-03-2011, 06:08 AM
Oh no - I do not think I enclosed enough postage on my SASE! :shocked:

There are the new price increases:

First-Class Mail letters (1 oz.) remain unchanged at 44 cents,
First-Class Mail additional ounces increase to 20 cents,
Postcards will cost 29 cents,
Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) increase to 80 cents, and
Letters to other international destinations will remain unchanged at 98 cents.

This affects swaps, especially, because instead of the old 61 cents (for mailing 3-4 cards), it is now 64 cents. Players, if we are asked to enclose a SASE, we now need to add 3 cents more (.61 + .03 = the new 64 cents)

Evil Seedlet
05-03-2011, 04:14 PM
I have quite a few one cent stamps laying around :)

I am finishing up swapping right now, they will all be out in tomorrows mail ^__^

Evil Seedlet
05-06-2011, 05:02 PM
:D So happy they are arriving!

05-07-2011, 01:09 AM
Sorry Fae, but I got the best cards!! LOL!

Many thanks to Art101, blueanchors3 and Evel Seedlet!! What a fun swap this was!!

05-16-2011, 04:59 AM
I've received my cards. Thank you for Art101, Baybird and FaeLynn for fantastic cards! :) Leaving rep points now.

Evil Seedlet
05-20-2011, 05:35 PM
I know there's one issue, but has everyone else received their cards?

05-31-2011, 08:23 AM
My returns have arrived:

FayLynn, "Koi in the Water" - a colorful fun fish.
Momoeight, Flying Fish" - adorable cat watching flying koi.
Halla, "#18" sleeping orange cat - cutest cat in the yard.

And thanks to Evil Seedlet for being a great host!

I've left ITraders and Reps. :)

Evil Seedlet
05-31-2011, 07:39 PM
Glad to see you got them!

Evil Seedlet
06-14-2011, 04:46 PM
Ok, it seems business is concluded, if anyone has any questions about the swap please PM me! Thanks for a great first swap!