Letterbox Trading Cards

Beginning with the robot series, I have been putting LTCs (Letterbox Trading Cards) in with my plants as a gift for the first finder.  LTCs are like Artist Trading Cards: a tiny bit of art on a 3.5″ x 2.5″ card, except LTCs must incorporate a hand-carved stamp.  I have been making sets of 4 so I have some to trade later–I’m saving them for the big meet in August.

I’m new at this, so one reason I’m posting is to see how my technique changes as I get more experience and look around for more inspiration.

This is “3 Laws”.  The stamp is based on the cover of the first edition of “I, Robot”.  I also carved the moon wedge in the background, and I think I’ll be using it a lot.  The robot was embossed on to card stock using a mix of a couple of reds and a silver, then cut out and affixed to the background.  Most of the background is blending chalks, which I just started using and lovelovelove.

This card is called “Klaatu barada nikto!”  Sorry for the unimaginative titles–I name them after the letterbox, and I don’t like to be too cryptic.  Of course, it’s Gort.  This card is very shimmery, which doesn’t show up well here.  Swirly alcohol inks make up the background.  There’s that moon again.  Gort is embossed in a mix of black and charcoal, and cool mini-ribbons (I forget what they’re called–they’re for scrap booking) border the top and bottom.

“DON’T PANIC!”  Marvin and his caption are two separate stamps.  I planted them both with the letterbox.  This one is the Spousal Unit’s favorite so far.  Copic markers, ink, silver gel pen.

Here’s R2 in “The Force”.  Oops, looks like I got the scan a little crooked. Blending chalks and pencils for the background here.  Keep in mind that this card is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  Yes, that teeny robot was a bitch to carve.

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