He mailed the program to me and I got started on a design. It was the first time I had attempted a 'set' of cut autograph cards and was really excited to give it a shot.
It also gave me an excuse to pick up a couple new tools for my custom card creations. And boy did the purchases ever pay off.
I don't want to toot my own horn, but these cards are the best ones I have done to date. I'm really happy with the way they turned out.
Here is a sample of the final product. The autographs are the real deal and the scans are of the actual cards.
Here's a breakdown of the set (both fronts and backs). In these, the front of the card is a mock up of the autograph and how it would look as opposed to an actual scan of the finished card. Enjoy.
This one was the first one I assembled and my favorite card in the set. What a fantastic autograph and I love the way his signature sits in the card.
And what a legend of a name to boot.
This one was sort of an extra. He wasn't involved in the tournament but just happened to be there. His autograph looks more like a scribble than a scribe (as he is known to have a pretty slick looking signature). Still, it's authentic....so why not.
There you have it. A custom eight card set. They found their way back to their owner and he is, as he put it "over the moon" happy with the results.
One of the purchases I made for these cards was a new exacto knife. It's a 'swivel knife' which means that the blade had more of a pivoting head on it. It really helped me make smooth turns on my cuts and really made the cutouts less of a laborious task. Can be picked up at your local craft store for less than $10. Money well spent.
With hockey season around the corner I am planning on getting back into the customs a little more as I have some old ideas sitting on the back burner as well as some new sets on my mind.
Oh, and one last thing. These were a BLAST to do. So much fun designing the card, printing out and assembling. It didn't feel like work for a single moment.