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Old 01-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #81
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I can never get this to work: use Tim Holtz's ink applicator (with the handle) and felt, squeeze three colors of ink on it and dab on paper, acetate, or metal washers. It always ends up muddy. I've seen such pretty metal washer pendants and I just can't get it to work. I tried doing colored leaves on acetate, and it was just ugly!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #82
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I love the chalkboard look that is so popular right now but I just can't do it. I've watched a bunch of tutorials on YouTube and read almost every blog I could. I figured with all the different ways to do this, one of them should work for me...but alas, I'm a complete failure at this technique.

Everything is fine and looks good up until the time I do the second stamping to get that shadow effect. Once I do that, it's a total mess. I mean it looks like I tried to stamp without my glasses. Everything's a big blur.

I'm determined to at least get a somewhat decent result using this technique so I guess I just have to keep practicing. Wish me luck and maybe it's about time I got my eyes checked.

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I love the chalkboard look that is so popular right now but I just can't do it. I've watched a bunch of tutorials on YouTube and read almost every blog I could. I figured with all the different ways to do this, one of them should work for me...but alas, I'm a complete failure at this technique.

Everything is fine and looks good up until the time I do the second stamping to get that shadow effect. Once I do that, it's a total mess. I mean it looks like I tried to stamp without my glasses. Everything's a big blur.

I'm determined to at least get a somewhat decent result using this technique so I guess I just have to keep practicing. Wish me luck and maybe it's about time I got my eyes checked.

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Not so much for the chalkboard, but for other techniques calling for that type of shadow (as in the tutorial here Splitcoaststampers - Tutorials ) I found that with most images the shadow should only be offset by the barest fraction, or, as you say, it makes me eyes feel fuzzy. I found using a stamp-positioner and reviewing how it looked with the acetate before I stamped helped me get the best position.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:25 AM   #84
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Re: the reinker technique - I've don't know anything about it, but it sounds similar to something Tim Holtz does, where he uses a piece of cut n dry felt to make a stamp pad.

Here's the link in case you don't know about it:

How to Make a Cut-N-Dry Custom Stamp Pad

This looks pretty easy to do. He uses a very detailed stamp, but you could easily use a much more simple image.
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I can never get this to work: use Tim Holtz's ink applicator (with the handle) and felt, squeeze three colors of ink on it and dab on paper, acetate, or metal washers. It always ends up muddy. I've seen such pretty metal washer pendants and I just can't get it to work. I tried doing colored leaves on acetate, and it was just ugly!
If you're using reinkers, it probably won't work well. You have to use alcohol ink. I use this technique to make bg paper all the time, and love it!! You always have to use glossy paper (not the photo paper) with this technique. And you really need Ranger's alcohol solution. You can get it at Michael's. HTH
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Rachelrose, that cut and dry stamp pad technique is cool. Thanks for the suggestion. My problem is using the reinker on the felt on the tool with the handle. Thanks for the ideas on the reinker technique, Paula and RiverIsis. I do use Tim's distress inks and I have used some alcohol ink bottles. Should I not be using the distress reinkers? I've used his blending solution as he shows in his videos. I'm not sure I've always used glossy paper, so I'll make sure I'm using that. Any tips for doing this on acetate or metal?
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Rachelrose, that cut and dry stamp pad technique is cool. Thanks for the suggestion. My problem is using the reinker on the felt on the tool with the handle. Thanks for the ideas on the reinker technique, Paula and RiverIsis. I do use Tim's distress inks and I have used some alcohol ink bottles. Should I not be using the distress reinkers? I've used his blending solution as he shows in his videos. I'm not sure I've always used glossy paper , so I'll make sure I'm using that. Any tips for doing this on acetate or metal?
Glossy paper is a must for the technique to work properly.
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..... Also I have trouble with any card that requires lots of measuring and cutting, so most of my cards are simple A-6 cards.......
Ohhh, I am NOT alone after all. Not that I want others to have the same trouble as me of course. I just don't understand why I find it so difficult when I find accounting a breeze and can work out long and difficult maths problems but can't measure, cut and fold up a silly piece of cardstock
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Are your cutting plates starting to bend as they naturally will if you continue to cut on one side only? Try flipping them over and cutting with the other side facing the blade, which will flatten out the plate and hopefully cut more evenly. HTH!
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I just got around to reading this thread. Must say, it made my day! I'm not the only one who goofs up! Thanks for sharing all of your experiences...and "failures." It's good to know we can just keep trying.
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