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Old 09-10-2018, 04:27 AM   #41
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When I first started making cards my card seemed unique. I loved to Fussy Cut and Iím pretty good at it. Not everyone took the time to Fussy Cut Images. My cards stood out from the rest. Now with the matching Dies for stamp sets my cards are no longer
The stand outs they once were. This being said... I had the very first Sizzix machine and dies. Then I got the Spellbinders Wizard and all the sets of the Nestibilities. I love dies
And Matching stamps. I love my Scan N Cut and Cricut!! I have evolved along with my hobby!
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:44 PM   #42
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I just googled youtube stamping bloopers. Yup, there are quite a few to watch.

I know, we used to go out on Saturday night, but now I'm content to google such a thing and have a good laugh!

LMAO. Dh says I am easy to make happy, but not to laugh. I have to say I laugh here more than anywhere else in life. Not at people but with them.

Just yesterday while heat embossing and looking at my drink glass I wondered how much poofing powder and EP I have managed to ingest over the years...usually I am fixated on not getting it (or glitter) in my eyes. Some days I think about getting a pair of racketball safety googles in my glasses script...Thoughts of a clutz....in this I will never evolve sadly...
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I have often wondered about what would happen if the rug in my stamping room would get hot or catch on fire. With all the embossing powder that has ended up there, it could actually raise up in various colors! Since I don't eat or drink while I work, I'm sure I have not ingested much.
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Absolutely love this thread!! Am like many here, of two minds. I love my "old" toys and enjoy learning how to incorporate my "new" toys. Have been card making most of my life as my parents always hand made our Christmas cards, we kids helped.
I take a while to jump on some of the new toys and do as some of you, put it in the card and then empty it as the item loses its luster.
As for being an artist, we all are!! I too have an amazingly talented artist Dad. . . As a youngster I was too intimidated to "do art." My DH calls me an artist and I now believe him. We all create, whether using someone elses' idea or something from our own imagination. If you really look at the artwork and the process of those we consider artists you will see that they also "copy" from reality and are inspired by ideas that others presented earlier. Look at all the still life paintings. . . Just my two cents. We are all artists in our own right!
Thanks Sue for starting this thread!
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What an interesting thread. I am a stamper and cardmaker. I just joined a group of papercrafters who mostly scrapbook. I learned about a bunch of different types of cardmaking from them. Some like to just use patterned paper and only stamps that are sentiments. Some like to use kits for cards that use vinyl outline stickers instead of stamps. The one thing they really liked about those kits is that they used UP everything in the kit when they were done! So no huge stashes of stuff like stampers have! To each their own - there is a market for all of this.

One thing about store bought cards, I always thought that those cards simply followed the same trends that many crafters follow. I never assumed that we cardmakers were copying the style of store-bought cards, or trying to look like them. It really has never crossed my mind to look at store bought cards for ideas. Not sure if I understood that part of the conversation.

I think there are still lots of people who appreciate hand made. There are a few who undervalue hand made, which is a shame!
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What an interesting thread. I am a stamper and cardmaker. I just joined a group of papercrafters who mostly scrapbook. I learned about a bunch of different types of cardmaking from them. Some like to just use patterned paper and only stamps that are sentiments. Some like to use kits for cards that use vinyl outline stickers instead of stamps. The one thing they really liked about those kits is that they used UP everything in the kit when they were done! So no huge stashes of stuff like stampers have! To each their own - there is a market for all of this.

One thing about store bought cards, I always thought that those cards simply followed the same trends that many crafters follow. I never assumed that we cardmakers were copying the style of store-bought cards, or trying to look like them. It really has never crossed my mind to look at store bought cards for ideas. Not sure if I understood that part of the conversation.

I think there are still lots of people who appreciate hand made. There are a few who undervalue hand made, which is a shame!

The intent of my comment was more that the cards were more likely to look mass-produced/store-bought/perfect with dies and such than the cards that were ALL made by hand (fussy-cut, embossed with a light table + stylus + stencil, etc.), as opposed to actively looking at store-bought for ideas, which I've never done, either, lol. Can't speak for others, though...

I think we need to take a cue from your friends, though, and USE UP our stuff!!!
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The intent of my comment was more that the cards were more likely to look mass-produced/store-bought/perfect with dies and such than the cards that were ALL made by hand (fussy-cut, embossed with a light table + stylus + stencil, etc.), as opposed to actively looking at store-bought for ideas, which I've never done, either, lol. Can't speak for others, though...

I think we need to take a cue from your friends, though, and USE UP our stuff!!!

That makes sense.

I do think only using die cuts tends toward that look.
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I get ideas from store bought cards that my non-card making friends send me all the time. My husband spends hours choosing a card he thinks is something I would find inspiration in. I have one with vellum butterflies that my sister sent me for my birthday that I have sitting on my stamp cabinet that inspires me every day. I have never copied it exactly, but the feeling the swirl of butterflies gives me has shown up in a swirl of leaves and I'm thinking about using it for snowflakes this winter. And, I may even do it with butterflies! I see no reason why a store bought card can't inspire us if a hand made card can. People are on Pinterest all the time getting ideas. I've even been inspired by Tee shirts, sheets, pillows and even a couch! Am I the only one that looks at store bought cards for inspiration?
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I get ideas from store bought cards that my non-card making friends send me all the time. My husband spends hours choosing a card he thinks is something I would find inspiration in. I have one with vellum butterflies that my sister sent me for my birthday that I have sitting on my stamp cabinet that inspires me every day. I have never copied it exactly, but the feeling the swirl of butterflies gives me has shown up in a swirl of leaves and I'm thinking about using it for snowflakes this winter. And, I may even do it with butterflies! I see no reason why a store bought card can't inspire us if a hand made card can. People are on Pinterest all the time getting ideas. I've even been inspired by Tee shirts, sheets, pillows and even a couch! Am I the only one that looks at store bought cards for inspiration?

I clearly should not have read this thread and responded at night. I have not been sleeping well and was clearly not very articulate.

I certainly hope I didnít come across as saying that one couldnít take inspiration from store bought cards, or that doing so was bad. I even take inspiration from Kleenex boxes, anything really can inspire a design.

I think what I was trying to say is that trends exist insofar as color, style, images. They then surround us in all product categories (thinking of Pantone color of the year, rainbows, unicorns) and spill over into the stamps, dies and papers that are available. I would think that Hallmark is influenced by those trends AND we are influenced too.

What I havenít observed is a feeling that a handmade card needs to look like a store bought card. Does that make any sense? When I give a card at a birthday party, my handmade card doesnít resemble any of the store-bought cards - they really stand out as really different. Thatís where I am coming from.

I DO now get the point that it is easier with dies or a cricut to CASE cards completely and have a less of a distinguishable style. Things have definitely changed.
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I certainly hope I didnít come across as saying that one couldnít take inspiration from store bought cards, or that doing so was bad. I even take inspiration from Kleenex boxes, anything really can inspire a design.
I totally agree with this. Taking inspiration from a store bought card ... nothing wrong with that. Taking inspiration from anything that catches your fancy or imagination ... that's what it's all about, right?

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That's the part where I hope you're right. Everyone needs to do what makes them happy and satisfied, so if aspiring to look like a Hallmark card floats your boat, then go for it (general you, not specific you), but it doesn't seem like a recipe for happiness to me. A polished, well made card, yes. But trying to compete in the mass production greeting card world? Just doesn't seem fun or joyful to me. (but everyone gets to play the way they want to, and if it IS fun for some ... then they should go for it! imho)

not meaning to take the thread off course, Sue.
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No worries - most threads wander...

I hope that my original intent is not getting lost or twisted as we go, though. I think that all of us get ideas/inspiration from multiple sources - photos, other cards, fabrics, Kleenex boxes (I've even cut them up and used them on cards) - you name it! There's no wrong way to be inspired, for heaven's sake!

My original intent was merely to notice how the craft has evolved over time to include tools and toys that enable a more polished look with more ease, and how reliant we may become on these things. Nothing wrong with that, either, I just know that I personally was more creative "back in the day", before the influx of "professional" tools...
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You are right on, Heidi. I must have misread your post the first time. I agree with you totally. I don't want my cards to look store bought. That is one reason I call myself a stamper, not a card-maker, and have not bought into the dye/Misti/decorative paper craze. I would rather fussy cut, eyeball, and stamp or paint my own paper. I do have a cuttlebug and like the textured backgrounds I get, but I also use my light box, crimper and a edge punch now and then. I also love having a nice even circle, oval etc. but have few dies otherwise. I spend hours on one card, not 15 minutes gluing pre-cut pieces on. For me the process is the most fun. Once the card is done and I'm happy with it, off it goes to someone else.
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You are right on, Heidi. I must have misread your post the first time. I agree with you totally. I don't want my cards to look store bought. That is one reason I call myself a stamper, not a card-maker, and have not bought into the dye/Misti/decorative paper craze. I would rather fussy cut, eyeball, and stamp or paint my own paper. I do have a cuttlebug and like the textured backgrounds I get, but I also use my light box, crimper and a edge punch now and then. I also love having a nice even circle, oval etc. but have few dies otherwise. I spend hours on one card, not 15 minutes gluing pre-cut pieces on. For me the process is the most fun. Once the card is done and I'm happy with it, off it goes to someone else.
Me, too. I used to get frustrated that I couldn't crank out a card in under 30 min (at least not one I was happy with), but once I let that go I'm much happier. I'll work on something and then let it 'rest' and come back to it later and often the part that seemed 'missing' will occur to me. Maybe someday things will fall into place more quickly, but I'm OK, either way.
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Boy have things ever changed over the years and yet basic trends keep cycling back around. It always makes me chuckle when a "new" trend comes along and I think to myself, "I remember doing that years ago".

As far as us copying card companies I have always thought of it as going the other way around. It felt like the card making companies were copying us in an attempt to regain some of their customer base. My husband usually tries to find something that looks like what I would make and I must confess I've always been on the fence about how I feel about that. I know it is a huge compliment from him but I'm a one of a kind crafter and didn't like what I/we do being mass produced.
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No worries - most threads wander...

I hope that my original intent is not getting lost or twisted as we go, though. I think that all of us get ideas/inspiration from multiple sources - photos, other cards, fabrics, Kleenex boxes (I've even cut them up and used them on cards) - you name it! There's no wrong way to be inspired, for heaven's sake!

My original intent was merely to notice how the craft has evolved over time to include tools and toys that enable a more polished look with more ease, and how reliant we may become on these things. Nothing wrong with that, either, I just know that I personally was more creative "back in the day", before the influx of "professional" tools...
Thatís what my brain couldnít come up with - polished - so thank you, Sue.

I like many of my cards to look polished, not all. Thank you stamping platforms, dies and videos. And I like some to have an artsy feel with handmade backgrounds. (I love you Oxides and alcohol inks!)

Polished or unpolished, isnít it all good, including if someone aspires to have cards look like those from stores? Not my cuppa, but if thatís a goal, I think itís as valid as looking obviously hand made or original. Time and effort and caring goes into all cards, and weíre not graded. Thank goodness (thinking of some of my not great cards).

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I agree bjeans. No matter what, a handmade card takes time, effort, care and lot of love. Otherwise, they would be store bought! Now, I'm not knocking store bought. If I get a card from anyone, store bought or otherwise, I appreciate the thought. I'm just saying that those of us who make cards do it because we love it and want to share with others. If we didn't, we would go the store bought method. I make my own clothes because I love to sew, but I am often inspired by something I have seen on the racks or in magazines, and I certainly use a pattern, so I think it is much the same thing. My husband and son build furniture, but see something in a store or book that they copy with their own personal twist or design. Sorry, I got way off subject, but I do believe it is all related.
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