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Msg: 969938
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 2, 2019 10:20 PM
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Reply to: Msg 969927 by Wise Wanderer
I think I might have posted this before but for those new to trackers, you can see some of our past LTCs on Instagram for ideas:

Stone_artistry@instagram (Steven and Pam)
Msg: 969940
wassamatta u Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
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Date: Jan 3, 2019 12:04 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969932 by Cross Family
I was thinking about Index card boxes ( for storing them)!

Strange as it may seem... Velveeta boxes are the perfect size. Also, as a bonus, when you show them off, you can say "these are mine, these are nacho LTCs"
Msg: 969942
The Vs Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: The VsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 4:02 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969932 by Cross Family
They fit nicely in baseball card sleeves and storage boxes. I buy the at a local comic book shop.
Msg: 969943
Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: MaudeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 5:45 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969935 by Linden Leaf
and the nice thing about the individual sleeves is this: once you have participated in a swap or two, you should rarely ever have to buy sleeves again. Put the LTCs you receive in baseball card pages, then into a three-ring binder, and reuse the sleeves. OK, yes, once in a while one is messed up in some way, but many of them can be reused.

I second the Velveeta box suggestion. There is nothing better, cheaper, or as stylish!
Msg: 969945
Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Kiss'n KarinProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 7:08 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969932 by Cross Family
Hobby Lobby sells the sleeves in an area near art supplies with collector display supplies and are reasonable with the 40% off coupon. Target and Walmart have trading card supplies as well.
Msg: 969946
Topcollector Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
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Date: Jan 3, 2019 7:16 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969932 by Cross Family
I get them from Hobby Lobby and I use collector card binders for storing them which I also get from Hobby Lobby.
Msg: 969948
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 10:33 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969932 by Cross Family
walmart, baseball card shops, fantasy or game shops
Msg: 969949
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 10:39 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969938 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
I love that you share all your card picts and even the kitty cat. I especially loved the pict of Steven working. Feeling inspire!
Msg: 969950
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 10:44 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969938 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Msg: 969952
Linden Leaf Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Linden LeafProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 11:04 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969938 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Whoa! DZ and ECP! First of all I do not have nearly enough of your cards!! Second of all - fantastic art!!
Msg: 969953
Wise Wanderer Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Wise WandererProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 11:12 AM
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Reply to: Msg 969950 by aMAZEing adventure frog
http://amazeingadventurefrog.blogspot.com/

I LOVE your blog!! It is jam-packed with great ideas, techniques, photos, and how-to's, and of course, your aMAZEing artwork!!
Msg: 969968
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 9:24 PM
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Reply to: Msg 969952 by Linden Leaf
Aww, thanks LL. Appreciate the kinds words. Coming from you that means a lot. Which reminds me I need to update our account....
Msg: 969969
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 3, 2019 9:33 PM
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Reply to: Msg 969950 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Oh! Great blog. I can’t wait to pore over it more thoroughly! Thanks for sharing.

Also, would love to follow you on Instagram, hint hint! 😄
Msg: 970103
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 6, 2019 3:49 PM
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Reply to: Msg 969969 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
In case anyone is interested I’ve updated my Instagram. I was pretty random about it so there might be spoiler pics for upcoming trackers - be warned!
😄
Msg: 970105
Basset Mom Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Basset MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 6, 2019 4:09 PM
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Reply to: Msg 969935 by Linden Leaf
I buy mine from ebay too - cheapest I've found them!
Msg: 970107
Linden Leaf Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Linden LeafProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 6, 2019 4:57 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970103 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Score!! I love spoilers because I can't wait!!
Msg: 970111
Wise Wanderer Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Wise WandererProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 6, 2019 5:59 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970103 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
I wondered, because I started following you yesterday(?) and today my feed was flooded with pictures. Good to know that you were just catching up and not actually turning out cards by the dozens in a day! ;-)
Msg: 970116
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 6, 2019 7:11 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970107 by Linden Leaf
Score!! I love spoilers because I can't wait!!

Ha ha, too funny, birthdays must be excruciating for you!
Msg: 970123
Linden Leaf Subject: Re: Newbies and Oldies
Author: Linden LeafProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 7, 2019 11:02 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970116 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Yup. That's why I buy my own gift 😉
Msg: 970275
photopam Subject: How many?
Author: photopamProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 13, 2019 1:49 PM
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So I'm working on an ltc, and after 7 attempts to come up with a card that works, I think I can go with the design.

It got me wondering, how many different card designs do you try before you settle on one?
Msg: 970277
Wise Wanderer Subject: Re: How many?
Author: Wise WandererProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 13, 2019 2:08 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970275 by photopam
Part of picking out the image, for me, is to visualize what the presentation might look like. If I can’t get a sense of what to do with the image, I usually keep looking for other ideas. That said, the original vision usually morphs somewhat as I begin to create it - doesn’t look quite like I thought, or layout or colors need to be adjusted. In the end, it’s usually very similar to the plan I started with, but tweaked as I went.
Msg: 970286
Subject: Re: How many?
Author: ProcyonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 13, 2019 5:46 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970275 by photopam
I usually ponder on the main idea I want for the card for a couple of weeks. Once I decide what the main idea/approach I'm going to do, I then decide what image I want to carve. I then think of how best to present the image on the LTC. Once I get it carved, I try about 3 or 4 different ideas for placement and background and then I just go with it. Of course, as I start getting them finished I think of other ideas.
Msg: 970287
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Re: How many?
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 13, 2019 5:51 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970275 by photopam
A LOT of trial and error. :)
Msg: 970292
InkTap Subject: Re: How many?
Author: InkTapProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 13, 2019 8:32 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970275 by photopam
I start with a basic design in my head which usually morphs as I make the cards. I have a couple odd ball cards with a small degree of variation for my themes. Recently, I produced a set of cards and was disappointed when I looked back at my original sketch for the carve. I had reversed the negative space in my carving and I much preferred the original sketch. face/palm..
Msg: 970295
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: How many?
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 13, 2019 10:55 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970287 by aMAZEing adventure frog
A LOT of trial and error. :)

Amen to that!!! We usually spend a few days thinking of of a design. We discuss different possibilities for each design consideration before finally settling on one.

After carving, we print a few to experiment with regarding color, background and composition. It’s during this time that we usually stumble across an idea we hadn’t thought of yet. At this point we frequently toss out our earlier ideas and go in a new direction.

Then we design the back to compliment the front design and many times carve another small stamp to go with the overall concept.

Not often, but it has happened after getting into it I get frustrated or dissatisfied and scrap the carve and start completely over and carve a new stamp.
Msg: 970301
Gypsy Fiddler Subject: Re: How many?
Author: Gypsy FiddlerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 14, 2019 9:11 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970275 by photopam
I heavily consider the carve, which is the hardest part of creating a card for me. Once I have carved my image, I think I average two or three different card designs before I settle into the one that "works". I'll have to say that occasionally I create a card that is a pretty good match to my original vision, but more often than not my card morphs several times before it is finished. I just fiinished a set that I made 4 different backgrounds for, and ended up circling back to the original! I don't consider that experience a waste of time or resources though it was yet another learning experience
As a side note to this question, it was mentioned that sometimes it could take a few weeks to come up with an idea or concept for the card layout. I have to say that when people post trackers that have 1 month or less for a due date, it's too much pressure for me. I need to have time to pace my work and move from step to step in a relaxed way that works with my creative ability. I have noticed that when I do something in a hurry, it's not my best work and I also tend to make more prototypes than when I am a given the chance to think it out thoroughly.
Msg: 970303
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Re: How many?
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 14, 2019 9:28 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970301 by Gypsy Fiddler
Hope I'm remembering this correctly:

Louis Armstrong once recorded a song in the studio. Then he and his band re-recorded it again and again and again trying to get it just right. After 100 recordings, they decided the first one was the best and used it on the album.
Msg: 970304
Wise Wanderer Subject: Re: How many?
Author: Wise WandererProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 14, 2019 9:41 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970301 by Gypsy Fiddler
when people post trackers that have 1 month or less for a due date, it's too much pressure for me. I need to have time to pace my work and move from step to step in a relaxed way that works with my creative ability. I have noticed that when I do something in a hurry, it's not my best work

That is my perspective also. I work slowly, and enjoy the process as I work. It’s relaxing for me. The day I find it stressful, rushed, and no longer enjoyable, is the day I’ll hang up my gouge and markers and be done.
Msg: 970306
Gypsy Fiddler Subject: Re: How many?
Author: Gypsy FiddlerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 14, 2019 10:11 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970303 by aMAZEing adventure frog
I've heard that too, AAF, and it is so true!
Msg: 970315
photopam Subject: Re: How many?
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Date: Jan 14, 2019 12:26 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970304 by Wise Wanderer
I do this too, but if I have too much time I tend to wander away and get lost in thought, put it aside as i ponder, forget about it a while, then I am rushed as the due date is tomorrow.

I need a good balance of thinking time and a deadline. :)
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