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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Help! Where to sell Tarot creations! on: June 22, 2010 12:14:12 PM
So I've self published my Tarot deck (limited edition of 45 copies), sold copies, and now am down to the last 5. It's called Tarot Bagong Sining. I think I've exhausted my current tarot channels (aeclectic and tarotcollectors), but maybe you guys know other sites out there? I dunno why, but, I find it kinda hard to move on to another project when there are... remnants of the previous one still around.

My situation is quite complicated, as well. I'm based in the Philippines, but I've sent the actual works to a friend in California, since shipping from here might be a bit unsafe. I don't have paypal, so for the last 40 decks I've sold, I've been using a friend's account to receive the payments. I'd rather not ask him to help me sell the decks in ETSY using his paypal (because he'll have to sign up and all) since he's already helped me out a lot.

So there, um, do you guys know any other avenues to post my decks in (given my current situation)?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Help on replicating SPOT UV effect! on: October 17, 2008 12:31:04 PM
I'm not too good at explaining myself but I need help so here goes:

Before anything else, this is for a Christmas project. I'm planning to make a book of sorts to give to my friends, and I'd want it to have that "spot UV look. For those unfamiliar with it, look at the business cards in this site: http://www.mackeydesigns.com/general/spot-uv-design-and-samples/ Notice that there seems to be two tones of "black." But that's just really the effect of the method - having a design done in matte and highlighting a particular area (spot) of it with a high gloss finish.

However, this type of printing/varnishing is expensive, more so since the printers would ask for a big minimum run (contradictory as that sounds). I'm used to doing things DIY, or at least, approximating (faux-ing. har har) the look/effect I want to achieve. Unfortunately, the equipment needed for this is very costly. And as I'm only planning on doing a limited run (just for friends), it might not be the most practical way of getting things done.

So I'm trying to think up way to replicate the look. So far, here are the steps I've devised (and hopefully I'll be following):

1. Get the pages printed.
2. Have them laminated with a matte finish.
3. Using a silk screen method, apply very glossy varnish to the "spots."

So... I need advice on some things. What's a good varnish that is

1. very glossy (for a stark contrast with the matte lamination),
2. reasonably flexible (because it will be applied to the pages of a book),
3. will adhere to the matte-laminated surface its applied to,
4. and that also won't end up sticking to other pages varnished with it?
5. (optional) is also water-based? (Because water-based things are easier to clean off a silk screen stencil?)

I'm used to using oil varnish, but from my experience, things varnished with it get slightly tacky when I leave one on top of the other for some time.

I'd really appreciate any ideas or suggestions on this (especially since Christmas is getting nearer).
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / machine that punches those sewn book holes? on: June 21, 2008 02:46:48 AM
Would there be tabletop machines that punch holes through the paper, to facilitate easier sewing of pages? Or even better, machines that do the actual sewing? A friend suggested those that do the punches on spiral/wire-bound stuff, but then the holes those make are too big...
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: questions on laser prints and acid-free things on: June 15, 2008 10:55:38 AM
thanks so much for the link!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / MAN-EATER (warning, suggestive content) on: June 08, 2008 08:06:39 AM
with my college theatre organization, we have this weird seniors' party every year. there's this theme and we give out wacky awards to the graduating seniors (the awards ceremony done in a faux Oscars manner). so anyway, some years back, i was asked to help make their awards. it was one of the more creative years and the theme of the awards was dolls dressed to match the personalities of the recipients. so we bought several 9 for 100 pesos (around $2) el cheapo dolls from some roadside store and undressed and redressed them. there were like 20 of them all in all, with others mutilated for their body parts lol

anyway, here's the award of a person we have this inside joke on. no, she's not offended. and yes, that's a man-eater there:

i've uploaded some other of the dolls some time back, here's some of them:

mod sex kitty death doll (with coffin): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72809.msg691471#msg691471

chinese ang pao doll (buddha not included): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72741.msg683470#msg683470

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / questions on laser prints and acid-free things on: June 08, 2008 07:09:26 AM
i'm relatively new to all these talks on archival stuff and acid-free paper and the like. i'd like to know, though, if prints done by laser printers would last, or would it develop those acids that are notorious for fading printed material?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Diecut Blade questions on: January 10, 2008 01:39:21 AM
i found out that these can be commissioned here for an affordable price - well, depending on the shape you ask them to make. i wanna ask... how do diecut blades look like? do they have areas with holes for screws (to fit in a press or something?) this is cuz i asked my dad if he could make a "press" for the diecut blade i plan to commission. he said our engineers could probably create a makeshift one for it.

also, do they get blunt easily? do these blades come in 2 parts?

i'm also open to any suggestions if any of you guys have nifty ideas on making the "press."
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: what's a nonsticky varnish?! on: December 26, 2007 07:21:08 AM
help? anyone?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altered books - painting pages? on: December 25, 2007 12:31:22 PM
how about using undiluted (water-based) latex paint? they generally have a good opacity level to me...
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: WHICH CARDS TO USE? on: December 25, 2007 12:25:09 PM
I think playing cards that are handled a lot are made of fairly heavy weight card stock that is coated AFTER being printed on.  The coating has to be fairly impermeable to take all the handling it will receive, with all the oils on handlers' hands etc.  So the design has to have been applied before the coating.  I don't know the name of it.

As for the abbreviations, I'm mystified.  I've been doing papercrafts for about 10 years and these don't look familiar so they are probably specific to one board (maybe this one...I'm new here!) or site, or very technical in terms of specifications for paper or something?  I'm just taking a wilda** guess, so take it as such.

Good luck with your project, hope you post photos when you finish it!

thanks. i've tried some stuff, the last one being card stock which is thicker than normal playing cards, but still quite bendy (even when laminated back to back. AND the laminate being thick already), so i figured it has something to do with the card's density. someone mentioned to me before about a card stock that's actually 2 sheets glued together with a thin layer of cardboard in between. i don't know what it's specifically called, though. she said it's just card stock, but i was thinking maybe there's a more precise term for it...
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