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Unread 01-16-2009, 08:53 PM   #6
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Making your Swap Project
The swap thread will indicate the requirements for the card (card size, layers, embellishments, stamp images, etc). When doing a swap (unless otherwise noted), you produce the required number of the same project to be submitted. For example, if you are in a card swap and you are asked to do 10 cards, you make 10 exact same cards. The layout, colors, embellishments, stamped image, etc should be the same on every card.

How do you create quality cards?
Use quality paper and cardstock. Typically copy paper doesn't cut it.

  • When using words that are cut out and layered, it looks best if you add a splash of coordinating colored paper underneath or sponge the edge in the coordinating color.
  • Make sure your edges are cut straight and even all around when layering.
  • Make sure things are mounted straight, unless you want crooked!
  • If in doubt what colors look good together, use the color charts shown in catalogs and on blogs for inks and papers. Many times a fantastic stamped card is ruined by the colors used to back it. This is very important! Take advantage of coordinating colors: pads and papers. The colored paper you use should pick up colors used in the stamping of the card.

Make sure there are no 'powder dots' and that the image is completely melted-use the Embossing Buddy. When embossing fine lined images, like words, make sure you use detail embossing powder.

Stampin' and Colorin':
When stamping a line image type stamp, you will generally want to color it if it is stamped in black ink (unless its is a black and white themed card.) When coloring an image (with markers, pastels, etc.) generally the image needs to be first stamped in black or other dark color. You want those outlines to be dark and crisp after colored.

Clean and Crisp Images:
  • Edge marks are unacceptable. If you catch an edge - start over! Be proud of what you do - be picky and critical!
  • Make sure there are no smudges, fingerprints, blurred images, incomplete images, etc.
  • When stamping close to front edges, make sure it does not hit the underneath card. If you trim the front flap a little shorter than bottom, careful of speckling or using a background stamp after trimmed - you don't want to see little bits of it underneath on the inside.
  • When masking, make sure your mask is cut a little smaller than original image so that the second stamped image matches up closely with no gaps or halo effects.

Bows and Add-Ons:
When adding bows, make sure they are sized proportionally to the card - avoid big, chunky bows. Also, make sure colors match or coordinate - many times they clash!

Little Hints:
  • When stamping words, think about purposely stamping them tilted. On many cards this looks good if you can't get them straight. Purposely tilted looks much better than a little tilted because you were trying to get them straight
  • When using rainbow pads - make sure your colors are blended and there are no straight lines between colors.
  • If you are stuck on what to do with your project, the gallery has thousands of samples to use as inspiration!

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