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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!
Help?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Feb 20, 2019 4:14pm
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I'm working on a set of LTC's using Gesso and Gelatos. I used Versafine ink to stamp my image onto the card but them ink won't dry. They've been sitting for 3 hours and they are still wet. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Re: Help?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #971838 by 4 J's
Feb 20, 2019 4:23pm
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I recently used gelatos on a card, and it behaves like watercolor in that it needs to "soak in" to the paper. If the paper is coated with gesso, the gelatos will remain on the surface and smear or smudge easily, along with anything you stamp on top of it. If possible, consider not using gesso underneath, add water when applying gelatos, and after they dry, stamp with Stazon (solvent ink). That process worked for me in a recent tracker. Good luck.
Re: Help?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #971838 by 4 J's
Feb 20, 2019 7:14pm
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I had the same problem recently -- I used a hair dryer on each card for a few minutes and then let them sit overnight. The versafine was dry in the morning (I tried rubbing the stamped images and they didn't smear).

[Edit: I live in a very dry climate - if the humidity is high, it might take longer to dry]
Re: Help?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #971838 by 4 J's
Feb 20, 2019 9:24pm
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What they said! Also, you can also use gesso OVER your stamped image; it depends on what effect you're looking for, and how you want to use your color mediums...there is no right or wrong; just options for how to play!😀
Re: Help?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #971854 by Gypsy Fiddler
Feb 21, 2019 6:54am
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I REALLY appreciate all the tips! You guys are awesome!
Help identify
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Mar 11, 2019 8:27pm
I received an unlabeled LTC of a beautifully carved lady, stamped in red on copy paper with a dot on each cheek and lips. She's wearing an ornate veil which makes her face look like a heart. Can anyone help identify her? It would probably be several years old, maybe a first finder prize.
Mailing info: PSA
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Mar 13, 2019 6:31pm
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I stole borrowed this info from another thread originally posted by Yaateeh. I thought it needed a thread of its own so more peeps could benefit from it. Mailing art info:
http://mailmesomeart.blogspot.com/p/postal-points.html?m=1

Thanks Yaateeh! 🙂
DZ
Re: Mailing info: PSA
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #972665 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Mar 15, 2019 11:14am
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You are welcome DZ!
It is great mailing info!!
Yaateeh
:-)
Stuff for sale?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Apr 29, 2019 8:09am
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Through a lot of changes in my life, divorcing , storing all my stuff for a few years and now getting remarried, I am going to be paring down my craft supplies and I have a ton of stuff for making LTCs letterboxing trading cards. Many are stacks and stacks and stacks of pre cut cards to exactly the right proportions that I had professionally cut at a printing shop. If there is any interest in any of this before I put the cards basically in paper recycling and the rest of the items in the trash I please let me know. I'd really only be looking to recoup shipping costs and a token extra few dollars. I haven't been on Atlas quest a long time so for me it would be easier if you texted me or message me on Facebook. Ruth de Jesus Kenneway
603-866-9597

Also, carved stamps available, LTCs made by me and ones traded to me
Re: Stuff for sale?
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Reply to: #974720 by six stars
Apr 29, 2019 7:26pm
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I would LOVE to have anything you can give me, and have no problem with payment terms!
Re: Stuff for sale?
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Reply to: #974720 by six stars
Apr 29, 2019 8:40pm
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Ditto!
Re: Stuff for sale?
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Reply to: #974744 by A Okay
Apr 30, 2019 1:26pm
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I think you contacted me by text! I'll keep you posted as I organize!
Re: Stuff for sale?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #974748 by Phoenix Rizing
Apr 30, 2019 1:27pm
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Please text me and I'll keep you posted!
Mailing 25 LTCs
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Jun 24, 2019 2:00pm
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I’m thinking the best way to mail 25 LTCs is a padded envelope 6x9
Anyone know of a cheaper way ? Or how much you think it will cost to mail them in the. Padded envelope
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
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Reply to: #976643 by brailleboxer
Jun 24, 2019 2:34pm
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I'd mail that many cards in a padded envelope. The cost varies, depending on where the cards are going. It's kind of a pain that it's no longer a flat fee.
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #976646 by Rocklun
Jun 24, 2019 4:31pm
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The cost varies, depending on where the cards are going.

The padded mailers are now considered a "first class package" which means the postage is based on both weight and "zone" (referring to how far away the destination is from the sending location). Those charts are online at USPS. It's likely to be $4.50 - $5.50, but probably still the better option. That many cards are most likely too thick, even when spread out, to work in a "flat" mailer.
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #976649 by Wise Wanderer
Jun 24, 2019 6:08pm
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Ya kinda what I thought
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
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Reply to: #976643 by brailleboxer
Jun 25, 2019 5:56am
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It would probably be cheaper to mail two sets of 12/13. Then they will fit in a flat mailer at $1.50 x2, $3 not $4+
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
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Reply to: #976670 by RIclimber
Jun 25, 2019 6:50am
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It would probably be cheaper to mail two sets of 12/13. Then they will fit in a flat mailer at $1.50 x2, $3 not $4+

I'm sure it would save a couple of bucks, but as a host (though not of this tracker), I'd be annoyed if I had to prepare multiple return envelopes for each participant.

It would also be harder for the host to keep track of incoming packages (using my system, at least).
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
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Reply to: #976670 by RIclimber
Jun 25, 2019 8:00am
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I thought about that too !
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
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Reply to: #976676 by brailleboxer
Jun 25, 2019 8:24am
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I thought about that too !

Please don't.

Sincerely,
A Host Who Would Be Bummed to Have to Prepare 50 Envelopes for a 25-Card Swap Just So Participants Can Save $3 or So
Re: Mailing 25 LTCs
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Reply to: #976678 by Rocklun
Jun 25, 2019 9:42am
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Honestly, when's the last time there has been a normal swap with more than 10 people actually sending their cards?

If you don't want to deal with the possibility of multiple envelopes, you can limit your swaps to 10-12 people.