I kept this fairly simple to follow the techniques and set up for letterpress. I used Photoshop CS4.
I made a lot of thumbnail sketches and noticed a common theme of forks, so I went with a sketch showing lots of forks all grabbing the last slice of cake.
2. Building artwork in Photoshop
I'm using two colours, switching between solid shapes and outlines.
3. Adding outlines in ink
I used a dip pen and ink to create outlines, scanned into Photoshop.
4. Digital Proof
I wanted the forks bleeding off the page, so I added a 3mm bleed all the way around.
5. Mock up
I used resources from Retro Supply and GraphicsFuel.com to create a mockup of how the card might look when printed.
I'm not 100% happy with the finished illustration, but after sketching thumbnails for a few evenings, I decided in the end just to choose something in order to learn the techniques. It's mainly the lettering that isn't working for me. I think I should have sketched out a few versions of this to get it right. I'm also not sure if it 'reads' as a slice of cake, so it might have worked better to just draw cake without type. I think this project would look better with more texture and handmade marks, which I didn't realise was possible with letterpress before! Finally, the colours might look better as a pastel pink and black. I'll probably revisit this class in the future, so any constructive feedback is much appreciated! Thanks for checking out my project.