I love my Vintage Loteria Cupid! I don’t know if it is a boy or a girl… The image is from an old Loteria set that I bought at a flea market in Mexico. This version has been around for a long time, and has been copied so many times that the pictures are rather grainy and murky. I love building them up from 3/4 inch by 1 1/2 inches to a usable size, then cleaning them up and making them beautiful again.
I think I am getting the hang of standardizing my image sets for CafePress. I upload about 5 huge files to my image basket for each design I make. The sizes of the images range from 9 by 12 inches to 23 by 35 inches. I have found that the rectangles do well for shirts and oval objects, but the posters need specific measurements to get rid of any white edges. The squares work well for circular items as well as squares, so I haven’t gone to the trouble yet of tailoring my designs to a circle shape (or an oval) yet.
My other design is La Muerte – which is seen in a lot of Loteria decks (The Cupid is not as common). I like this image, which is a little more dynamic than the traditional standing Death in the Don Clemente deck. I also liked the blue color in the background as opposed to the pink on the D.C. deck. I chose elements that bring out the skeleton’s colors, as well as the scythe. This is the 9 by 12 inch image. The larger image for the poster has a pattern of colorful sugar skulls on the top and bottom, with a turquoise stripe coordinating the whole thing.
I like the idea of mixing up the designs in my shop, so that everything doesn’t just have the same image. For one thing, one image won’t do for all of the items. I have learned that over the years after my original impulsive shop opening with my Valentine designs.
I have 10 designs right now in the Vintage Shop. After I’ve done two more, I can think about designing a calendar. I have been selling quite a few calendars with my Milagros and Loteria themes. It is very gratifying! Here is a link to the Calendar Shop.