Sometimes you join a swap that doesn’t require any fancy embellishments, and sometimes you just can’t figure out how to embellish a card that has a large or complex stamp image. The oversized (folded) cards in this post are not pretty — they’re all about the carve.

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One of my favorite things about collecting LTCs is seeing how the abilities and creativity of the LTC creators have changed over time. One of the most immediate ways that you can see this is by taking part in a “Then & Now” swap. In these swaps, participants have to make a card featuring two related/similar stamps carved at different periods in time.

Carving: Then & Now

Carving: Then & Now

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Many of my early carves and cards were based on the series of OZ graphic novels written by Eric Shanower and featuring fantastic illustrations by Scottie Young.¬†Shanower’s adaptations are true to the original Baum books, without the creepiness factor of the movie adaptation of the Wizard of Oz.

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