Saturday, April 18, 2015

Seeking your printer opinions (for Collage & the Hot Foil Technique)


Hey Sweet Crafty People,

Any of you collage artists, d├ęcoupage divas, or multimedia masters out there care to chat a bit about printers? :)

I've been doing a bunch of googling to find out which laser printer is best for collage art (to use with Matte Medium and other wet media without any smudging). Then it dawned on me that you guys are WAY better than Google! So I figured I'd pester you. ;)

If any of you have tried this printer in your creations I would love to know what you think:



Or perhaps you've tried other laser printers you love for collage?

I've heard great things about Epson laser printers and UltraChrome K3 ink, but they're very difficult to find near me. And I'm not sure if the Epson will work well for Hot Foiling?

I was thinking of going with Brother so I can try out the foil technique that Jennifer McGuire has revived lately. (She says she uses a Brother printer & it works perfectly with the foil). 

I've finally ordered this lamination machine to have a whack at it:

 
Thanks in advance for taking the time to have a look. And just in case anyone else is also considering a new printer, or the foiling business, I'll be sure to let you know how my adventures play out. :)

Love,



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

'Oh Happy Day' - CAS flower card

a day for daisies floral card

Another card with flowers. What can I say? It must be Spring! This floral image is a digital one from A Day For Daisies: Flowers in Bottles.


I filled the background of the image in Photoshop with a very pale patterned digital paper (to look like wallpaper) then printed it & coloured it with Copic Markers:

a day for daisies flowers - detail

The image is cut out so that the tallest flower pops out of the frame in the 'outside of the box' technique & it's mounted on some lined paper with foam tape for dimension. Quick and easy!

And the sentiment is from this sweet little Avery Elle stamp set:




Hope you're having the loveliest of happy days,


P.S. The dotted paper that I used to line the envelope is a free printable that you can find here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Housekeeping - How to Download from Flickr (update)

Hey You Sweet People, You!

So you may have noticed that Flickr seems to have gone through a bit of an identity crisis lately, but I must admit that I'm rather pleased with their latest version of themselves. (Downloading should be much easier than it was at any rate).



Now, to download one of my free papers or overlays from Flickr you simply have to:

1) Click on the arrow icon.
2) Select 'original' for the best quality (or pick your size).
3) Choose 'save file' and then hit 'okay.

 

 There's a fully updated downloading tutorial, here, for anyone who wants more detailed instructions:

http://melstampz.blogspot.ca/p/terms-of-use-how-to-download-free-files.html



... and You can find all of my free paper sets on Flickr here:

http://melstampz.blogspot.ca/2012/05/how-to-download-papers-overlays-from.html




This digital work is offered up for free, but mainly for personal use or handmade sale items only.
If you have any questions, please be sure to read my terms of use here or email me. Thanks!


Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions at all. I'll be studying for a final exam for the next couple of days, but after that I'm all yours. ;)

Happy Creating,