I know- it seems like I will never run out of things to do with loteria. After working with my students’ cards for House of the Scorpion, I decided to take a break and make some of my own. I had this idea of using these vintage loteria cards I found in Mexico. I am assuming that they are copyright-less, but I could be wrong. I really like the look of them, and they have quite a few images that are different from the more well-known Don Clemente deck.
I got this idea sort of out of the blue. I like working with scanned fabric samples, and have used them in my Quilt Loteria and my Milagros collections. Suddenly I had this image of the Diablito (devil) card framed by a pretty flowered pattern. I have worked in Photoshop to alter the scans of the vintage cards a little bit, and then I chose coordinating fabrics.
The first one I did was El Leon. I decided to make him number one because I am a Leo – and we all know what happens when we use the “G” word. I found a pretty gingham print and altered the colors to fit the lion card I chose. Then I framed it again in a simple checkered plaid in yellow and blue. That was my basic design.
I think it has been a little while since I worked in my CafePress shop, so I first went in and deleted some images on the server that I am no longer using. Then, I reorganized some of my image files and closed some shops that were either for my one-time use or were no longer relevant. Then I added the new “Vintage Loteria” section. I have done just about one design and one shop per day for the past 3 days. My latest is the one to the left – isn’t it HOT?
Today, after setting up the Vintage Jarabe Tapatio shop, I did a little studying up on image sizes in CafePress. Usually I work with one image and alter it to fit two different shapes: One is a rectangle – which I make really big and use for everything from posters to refrigerator magnets. The other is a square, which I use for square things, like tiles, or round things, like buttons or clock faces – I just don’t worry that they are not a circle within a circle.
The problem with this is that no one proportion of rectangle fits for every poster and frame size and all of the other rectangular things, like postcards, greeting cards, notecards and journals. So, this time I made three sizes: one 8 1/2 by 11 inch, one 11 by 17 inch, and one 11 by 11 inch square. I also am keeping all of the elements of the design in a folder on my laptop, so I can alter a design or make another size. I may have to store more of these things on my computer at home, because my laptop is getting pretty full.
So, go check out my Vintage Loteria Shop!