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« on: March 09, 2006 11:41:47 PM »

i made a euchre deck ...

the face cards are linoleum cuts with the colors stencilled.  the ace of spades is also a lino.  all the pips are stencilled.

detail of the king of clubs:

it is done on card catalog cards.  it's for the university of iowa's cARTalog project using their old catalog cards.  you can see other work for this project at their site: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/pr/cartalog/
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2006 08:33:37 AM »

Very cool- it must've taken you forever..did you make the lino cuts too??
if so- WOW!  Shocked

« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2006 07:53:40 AM »

oh wow, awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006 08:41:10 AM »

Those are amazing!  Excellent job!  How long did it take to make the entire deck?

« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2006 04:57:23 PM »

those look great!  Cheesy
Can we see the other face cards?
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2006 10:25:26 AM »

i did all the linocuts, yes.  it actually didn't take as long as i thought it might.  i used the speedy-stamp stuff because i have pretty bad tendonitis and linoleum just kills my arm, so that probably helped.  got good detail though.  thanks for the nice comments!  i hope to make more cards, using different designs.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2006 12:33:03 PM »

Your cards look really amazing! I have a question: how exactly did you do the different color parts? (I'm a newbie in printing)
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2006 07:59:07 AM »

Your cards look really amazing! I have a question: how exactly did you do the different color parts? (I'm a newbie in printing)

the colors are all done using stencils.  i just printed the card 3 times with the block print, then cut out all the red parts on one card, the yellow on another and the black on a third, then used those cards to stencil with.  i put spray mount on the back of the stencil cards so that the little details would come out w/o blurring.

i did this deck using card catalog cards because that was part of the project; if i were to do another deck, however, i'd do one whole sheet with all the cards on it, stencil it, then cut it afterward.  much easier.  there are some decent stencil tutorials online.
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2006 02:30:41 AM »

I love this idea, and the linocuts do look amazing--much nicer looking than regular card decks!
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2006 02:40:46 AM »

I have an unhealthy obsession with playing cards, but I've never thought about making my own. This is such an awesome idea, and they look fantastic and well made.

You could also use the linocuts to stencil onto t-shirts and bags too, or maybe that's just the obsession talking... Grin

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