Testing Different Embossing Powders
Not Crazy About Both the Skull and Words
Decide to Remove the Words on the LTC
Selecting Background Image
I Prefer the Brown Ink to the Black
Needed to Trim the Background Image and
Position Stamping so the Faces Show Above the Skull
Completed LTC and Carving
On February 10th I posted briefly regarding my completion of the Hamlet carving for Inkwell and Kizmet for their event in August. Since I completed the caring ahead of schedule I took the time to make some Letterbox Trading Cards (LTC’s) this afternoon before mailing the stamp for the event.
I thought I would share a little behind the scenes on my though process as I created these cards. The Shakespeare play “Hamlet” portrays both true and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and corruption. I wanted the cards to have this sense of secrets being shared behind the scenes but I didn’t want the secrets to overwhelm the main image of the stamp.
I first had to decide which embossing powder to use for the image. I felt that black would be too stark and wanted the cards to be a little softer since the skull is so prominent. After testing four colors I chose Chestnut embossing powder. Second I did not like the entire image on the LTC. With stamping it I either lost part of the crown or part of the words. Since the skull is the main focus of the stamp (and my favorite part) I decided to drop the words and only focus on the skull.
My next step was to select embellishments, stamps or papers for the background that would convey the theme I was after. I discovered a store bought stamp of two lovers on my shelf and felt that the image could be interpreted in a variety of ways. Are they plotting revenge? Are the secrets they share corrupt? It’s really up to you to decide. I stamped it first in black and then in a softer brown and the combination of the two browns worked well. The store purchased stamp is larger than the LTC so I trimmed it down after stamping it to fit the card. I wanted a bit of a royalty (riches) feel and added the gems under the skull as the finishing touch. I often tinker like this as I layout cards and LTC’s.