Well now. This may be my favorite card in the deck, and until a couple of hours ago I had no idea what in heck I was going to do with it.
A couple of years ago I took a photo to go into the book Melies' Notebook and Other Stories, as an illustration for my short story called, you guessed it, "Punch & Judy." Mr. P. and I go a little way back. Well, I wanted to use that photo in this deck... somehow. It had never been printed in full color and I was kind of proud of it. FYI, the photo shows almost the entirety of my modest collection of Punch stuff.
I was working on the suit of wands this afternoon, going through the art that I have on hand, and I looked at the photo again, kind of wistfully, wishing that I knew how in heck I could work it into the deck. Then I focussed on the little teacup. and the coin dropped. Of course! It was the King of Cups.
I dropped what I was doing and set about making the new card. Immediately I ran into a problem: in making the original photo, I'd artified it up and scratched the hell out of it and antiqued it to within an inch of its life: and it just didn't WORK within the framework of the deck design. ARRRGH!!!!
I had no choice but to go back, pull down my Punch stuff, and re-shoot the photo from scratch. Of course I did artify it after the fact, but in a milder way and one that better matches the style of the deck. The last and most fun thing that I did was tip in another layer so that I could have Punch's little foot dangling over the edge of the stage.
An easy card to make, a FUN card to make, and one that I have an emotional connection to, because it makes use of things I feel connected to.
By the way -- the original short story I mentioned above is really kind of pretty good, if I do say so myself. It's the penultimate entry in my short story collection, which as I also mentioned above is called Melies' Notebook and Other Stories, and is available at Amazon or right through my little network of mini sites. You can check out the book and read a complete story online right here.
And just for yucks, here's the original photo, the one I couldn't use in the deck. You can click on it to enlarge:
Thanks for taking this journey with me!