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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
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
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
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
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!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969938 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 3, 2019 10:44am
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Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969938 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 3, 2019 11:04am
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Whoa! DZ and ECP! First of all I do not have nearly enough of your cards!! Second of all - fantastic art!!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969950 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Jan 3, 2019 11:12am
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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!!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969952 by Linden Leaf
Jan 3, 2019 9:24pm
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Aww, thanks LL. Appreciate the kinds words. Coming from you that means a lot. Which reminds me I need to update our account....
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969950 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Jan 3, 2019 9:33pm
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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! 😄
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969969 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 6, 2019 3:49pm
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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!
😄
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969935 by Linden Leaf
Jan 6, 2019 4:09pm
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I buy mine from ebay too - cheapest I've found them!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970103 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 6, 2019 4:57pm
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Score!! I love spoilers because I can't wait!!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970103 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 6, 2019 5:59pm
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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! ;-)
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970107 by Linden Leaf
Jan 6, 2019 7:11pm
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Score!! I love spoilers because I can't wait!!

Ha ha, too funny, birthdays must be excruciating for you!
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970116 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 7, 2019 11:02am
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Yup. That's why I buy my own gift 😉
How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Jan 13, 2019 1:49pm
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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?
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 13, 2019 2:08pm
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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.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 13, 2019 5:46pm
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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.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 13, 2019 5:51pm
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A LOT of trial and error. :)
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 13, 2019 8:32pm
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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..
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970287 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Jan 13, 2019 10:55pm
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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.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 14, 2019 9:11am
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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.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970301 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 14, 2019 9:28am
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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.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970301 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 14, 2019 9:41am
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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.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970303 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Jan 14, 2019 10:11am
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I've heard that too, AAF, and it is so true!
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970304 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 14, 2019 12:26pm
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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. :)
Re: Newbies and Oldies
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #969950 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Feb 17, 2019 6:52pm
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Thank you! Techniques, yes please!