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Re: Reading Challenge Anyone??
Board: Reading Room
Reply to: #969888 by bfarowl
Jan 2, 2019 2:20pm
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No reading challenge here

Me neither. I just read. lol
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: Nightboxes - Seeking Owner
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969911 by SunFleur
Jan 2, 2019 8:06pm
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Was it TrailTroll?
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: Mystery Postal #418 is open
Board: Postals
Reply to: #969897 by IrishRef
Jan 3, 2019 3:47am
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Clue 2 = Fruit loops
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: Reading Challenge Anyone??
Board: Reading Room
Reply to: #969848 by Mama Stork
Jan 3, 2019 6:19am
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I'm working on the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2019. I did it last year and really enjoyed it. I'm still finishing it up. ;) I have about 4 books left for the last challenge before I start this one so I want to get it done. I read more than 50 books last year (the number in the challenge) but not everything fit a prompt!
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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Flat Mailer
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Jan 3, 2019 10:45am
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I've heard about the flat mailers. These are cheaper than using bubble mailers. What exactly are flat mailers and where do I get them?
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: Flat Mailer
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #969951 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 3, 2019 11:15am
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Flat mailers are manila envelopes. They come in a few different sizes. The binder page of LTCs can be folded in 3rds. The cards don't fall out of the binder page and clump in the envelope when you use this folding technique. :-)
Re: Flat Mailer
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #969951 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 3, 2019 11:19am
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I've bought them at OfficeMax, but also seen them at Meijer and WalMart in the school and office supply section, probably called "document mailer". Just need a 9x12 or so if you want to put a trading card binder page in it. I also frequently use a 5x7 one. Some people remove the metal grommet, I just tape over it. The postage seems to be the same regardless of whether it's large or small, but definitely cheaper than a bubble mailer!
Re: Flat Mailer
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #969954 by Linden Leaf
Jan 3, 2019 11:23am
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Flat mailers are manila envelopes. They come in a few different sizes.

Okay, I've got some of those. I've actually used one once for an LTC tracker. I just didn't know that I was using "flats".
Re: Flat Mailer
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #969951 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 3, 2019 11:27am
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I think most of us use a 9x12 manila envelope, covered with clear tape to make it reusable, and slip in a 9-up trading card sleeve. The pockets can each hold 1 or 2 finished cards in individual sleeves if there aren't thick embellishments.

I have also used a regular #10 business envelope when the swap is for 9 or fewer cards. A 9-up sleeve will tri-fold and fit inside. I also include a self-addressed stamped envelope (sase) because I don't expect the host to reuse the original one. Always be sure and follow the swap host's preferences if they are stated.

I cut the binding edge (three hole punched tab) off the 9-up sleeve to save room. I also almost never use individual sleeves anymore unless I feel something might get damaged like an applique or embossed area. I never use glitter, but really appreciate it when someone who uses it puts their card into a sleeve.
Re: Only $14.99 per box! (Compass not included)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #652264 by greenmountainhiker
Jan 3, 2019 1:31pm
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It couldn't be better put GMH.!!!!!!!
Re: Only $14.99 per box! (Compass not included)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #375453 by Kirbert
Jan 3, 2019 1:46pm
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It's very effective when closed securely. Unfortunately, there are many letterboxers who don't feel the need to close screw-top containers securely, so these boxes usually get wet inside sooner or later.

I plan on the inside eventually getting wet. That is why I put everything in plastic bags. I use the container as a hard shell to protect the plastic bags. The container also served to keep out bugs.
Re: Mystery Postal #418 is open
Board: Postals
Reply to: #969941 by IrishRef
Jan 3, 2019 2:06pm
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Re: Mystery Postal #418 is open
Board: Postals
Reply to: #969960 by Knotty Lady
Jan 3, 2019 2:38pm
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Yummy !!!