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Re: Interactive cards
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #965866 by dancingpecan
Sep 26, 2018 9:36am
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I loved the card by Housepitality Hostess that was made with pennies. Here are some similar cards: https://pin.it/neltgvpjujcaza
Re: Interactive cards
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #965911 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Sep 26, 2018 9:51am
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I think Red Cruzader might have done a slider card that used pennies as well.
Re: Interactive cards
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #965866 by dancingpecan
Sep 26, 2018 10:04am
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I'm looking for instructions on how to make a card that when you open it from the right, like a book, the image slides from left to right on the inside. I have some ideas for my card but can't quite get a picture of how to do it in my head.
Re: Interactive cards
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #965917 by Topcollector
Sep 26, 2018 4:17pm
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TC, I've seen directions for this type of card on Pintrest and probably Youtube. It is some kind of window card. I'll see if I can find it.
Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Oct 24, 2018 4:06pm
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Is there a product that you can use as a top coat to give your LTC’s an antique affect? I’d love some feedback on tips and tricks that you have used.
Re: Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967311 by 4 J's
Oct 24, 2018 5:20pm
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i've heard that coffee can be used.
Re: Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967311 by 4 J's
Oct 24, 2018 8:15pm
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You can try Antique Mod Podge. I was also going to give a link to LROSEM's blog where she used Ranger crackle stuff but I can't get it to work on my phone. Here is a link where I try to copy what she did.
water color pencils
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Oct 24, 2018 9:11pm
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I want to try some LTCs with water color pencils. I have never used them before and want to know if there is a product to use to seal them so they are not damaged by humidity and moisture. Any suggestions?

thanks,
condo
Re: water color pencils
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967322 by condo
Oct 24, 2018 9:36pm
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We use watercolor pencils pretty frequently for LTCs. I’ve also used watercolor paints in the past. In my opinion a coating is not necessary. However there are any number of spray fixatives that will work.

For illustration work I’ve used Krylon Workable Fixatif with good results.
Re: water color pencils
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967322 by condo
Oct 24, 2018 10:19pm
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I want to try some LTCs with water color pencils. I have never used them before and want to know if there is a product to use to seal them so they are not damaged by humidity and moisture. Any suggestions?

I haven't sealed watercolors (or watercolor pencils), but I did with an LTC colored by chalk (because it would easily rub off). I used a clear coat from a spray can. It seemed to work, and the card still looks fine.
Re: Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967319 by christmas6
Oct 25, 2018 4:41am
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My blog is no longer.

I was going to suggest a similar aging technique though. If you take a dye ink like distress ink (I use a color called burlap), you can use a distress dauber or something similar to buff on a little color to age it. Then, if you like a little crackle glaze can have a nice effect.

FYI: If you paint the crackle on thin, you get lots of tiny crackles. If you paint it on thick, you get larger "chips" and deeper crackles.

Also, if you are going to use something wet like crackle, make sure you haven't used an ink that isn't waterproof for your stamping. The crackle may smear it.
Re: water color pencils
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967322 by condo
Oct 25, 2018 4:44am
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Humidity won't bother watercolor pencils.
Re: water color pencils
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967322 by condo
Oct 25, 2018 5:51am
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Thank you everyone for your comments!

condo
Re: Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967331 by LROSEM
Oct 25, 2018 7:25am
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I was going to suggest Tim Holtz Crackle Paint in Rock Candy (clear). You paint it on, and then after it is dry you can take some distress ink (Vintage Photo works well) and rub it into the cracks to make it look aged. Like Laura said, thick paint for large and thinner for smaller cracks. Ranger also makes Crackle Accents but that is best for small areas. Both are sold on Amazon.
Re: Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967311 by 4 J's
Oct 25, 2018 12:36pm
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What about Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium - Vintage?

IIRC, it is a coating that goes on top and has a vintage tint already in it, all one step. I haven't used it but remember watching a video when Tim was promoting it.
Re: Antique Affect?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #967311 by 4 J's
Oct 25, 2018 8:17pm
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Thank you all for your ideas and tips! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts! You've all given me some great ideas! Now, it's time to shop and play.
Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Jan 2, 2019 5:08pm
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Because of recent questions, I thought it might be a good idea to post a copy of the "Newbie letter" which goes out to new LTC-makers when they request sample cards. It's also a good reminder for those of us who have been doing it for a while. This was a collaboration by several experienced LTC-makers of what is generally considered the best practices to keep in mind when participating in trackers.

Trackers:
The tracker belongs to the host. Read and follow the tracker guidelines set forth by the host. If you are unsure about what is described, ask questions. If you don’t want to do something the way it has been requested, then this may not be a tracker you should join. Always mail your cards, on time, in the way the host has asked, and be sure there is sufficient postage to get your cards to their destination, as well as enclosing enough postage inside the envelope to get them returned to you. There are tutorials on AQ that will show you the commonly used mailing methods, and again, ask questions of the host when you are unsure.

Card-making:
If you are new to making LTCs, you can learn all sorts of good techniques and ideas by studying these sample cards, as well as the cards you trade with others or receive back from trackers you have joined. Often, the most appreciated LTCs may not be the most complicated, but include many of the following elements:
---a cleanly-carved image relevant to the theme of the tracker
---more than a stamp on plain paper, some kind of background that sets off your image. This can be a separate layer, patterned paper, coloring, borders, etc.
---embellishments that are thick, sharp, or bulky, glitter, etc. are sometimes not allowed. If the host has requested that these not be used, don’t use them.
---if you wish to use a coating over the top of your cards such as matte or gloss medium, varnish, etc. please be sure that it will dry without staying tacky, as that can cause cards to stick together and be ruined.
---it is recommended that you use trading card sleeves for all your cards, to protect them and the other cards they may come in contact with.

Comments:
There is a lot to be learned from constructive feedback, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. LTC makers are a friendly bunch and happy to share ideas about techniques and materials. Most card makers really appreciate comments on their cards, so please take a few moments to look at each card you get and write something you appreciate about it. You don’t need to be a professional art critic, just say what jumps out at you about the carve, the colors, the techniques used, etc.
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969927 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 2, 2019 6:29pm
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Most card makers really appreciate comments on their cards, so please take a few moments to look at each card you get and write something you appreciate about it. You don’t need to be a professional art critic, just say what jumps out at you about the carve...

Quoted for truth! 😄
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969927 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 2, 2019 8:35pm
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Where does One get Card Sleeves????, I was thinking about Index card boxes ( for storing them)!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969928 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 2, 2019 8:38pm
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We R still contemplating starting,but to This Few who have Sent Us Cards.... We really appreciate it!, and a few odd ball Hitchhikers that came our way......We will be in Touch with those Special People!🤗
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969932 by Cross Family
Jan 2, 2019 8:45pm
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I buy them off of ebay. I can normally get them for a penny or less per sleeve. If you have a comic book store around you you can pick them up there. I'm almost thinking I saw some at Walmart but I don't know that for sure.
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969933 by Cross Family
Jan 2, 2019 8:47pm
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Oooh! If you decide to start I have a welcome package for the LTC community that I can send to you. Let me know :-)
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969927 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 2, 2019 10:20pm
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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)
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969932 by Cross Family
Jan 3, 2019 12:04am
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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"
Re: Newbies and Oldies
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Reply to: #969932 by Cross Family
Jan 3, 2019 4:02am
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They fit nicely in baseball card sleeves and storage boxes. I buy the at a local comic book shop.
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969935 by Linden Leaf
Jan 3, 2019 5:45am
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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!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969932 by Cross Family
Jan 3, 2019 7:08am
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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.
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969932 by Cross Family
Jan 3, 2019 7:16am
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I get them from Hobby Lobby and I use collector card binders for storing them which I also get from Hobby Lobby.
Re: Newbies and Oldies
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Reply to: #969932 by Cross Family
Jan 3, 2019 10:33am
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walmart, baseball card shops, fantasy or game shops
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969938 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 3, 2019 10:39am
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I love that you share all your card picts and even the kitty cat. I especially loved the pict of Steven working. Feeling inspire!