The adventures of a Southern Ontario letterboxer and stamp carver
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The dangers of transferring too soon *or* I have letterboxer's ADD
Despite the warm weather, it is currently snowing like this outside my window. Grr!
The quickest part of putting a letterbox together for me is transferring the image. It can take many hours finding or creating the image I want to use, and perhaps twice as long still to carve, but transferring the image is actually just seconds - print, xylene, done.
But to efficient, I often print one page with many images on it so that I have them available and so I'm not wasting paper. And in the past I've often transferred the images as well. This is a problem. Because I have letterboxing ADD.
I have a small stack of transferred images that I've now resigned myself will never be carved. Unless I can scrub the images off (mixed success), the rubber has gone to waste. When I first printed and transferred the image, I really wanted to create whatever that image was. The problem is that over time, for whatever reason, I grow bored of whatever that idea was and it goes to the wayside. Sad really.
I look at that small stack and see it as a sort of Island of Lost Toys. They'll never be loved.
And so my resolution for 2013 was this: do not transfer unless I am immediately starting to carve that image. I can print them out to my heart's desire, but no transferring until I'm ready to carve. It is a rare stamp that starts getting carved but not finished (I can only actually think of one).