Friday, May 20, 2011

Just a Note

Hello, popping in with a quick card today for the current CASE Study Challenge.  I decided to lift the colors, polka, music notes and flourish, but keep it to a one layer card.  I used a variety of stamps:  PTI Background Basics Polka Dots, Technique Tuesday Glee and PTI Fancy Flourishes.

PS If you have tips on slightly distressing edges better let me know.  I always seem to have a harder line than I would like...if that makes a bit of sense :)

Here's the inspiration card too!

11 comments:

  1. Love your take on this card...simple yet beautiful. Great job.
    Arlene.

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  2. Wow, I love your case! It resembles the inspiration but appeals to me so much more! I love it! I don't have any of those foam block thingy's for distress inks (although I'm tempted to get one) so I just use a rag and always start off the paper and move on to the paper when distressing edges. I don't know if that tip is what you are looking for or if it will help, I think your cards always end up great.

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  3. what a fabulous CASE!! I love seeing a different style with the case challenges...now that's creativity :) I just going to have to play too as I love that music image :) Distressing with ink is hit and miss with me. Are you using the PTI tea dye? That's what I use and I lightly ink the edges directly with the foam ink pad and then move in a bit from the edges. No exact science and I'm not sure if one of Dawn's videos show her doing it...hmmm...maybe I'm no help!! LOL Have a glorious weekend :)

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  4. This is so pretty! I love the music notes on there and the twine too! So pretty!

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  5. Gorgeous Lynn... I love all the layers you have achieved while still keeping it a one layer card! The twine is the perfect finishing touch :)

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  6. This is a gorgeous case, Lynn! I love your one-layer version. As for sponging, I use this tool and it works amazingly:
    http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/the-14083/IBT23616--23616-ranger/Detail
    I lay my card on a scrap piece of paper, ink the sponge and start off the card (on the scrap) and use circles across the edge of the card. I hope that makes sense!

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  7. Awesome CASE! Love all the stamped layers. Totally know what you mean about distressing the edges - I've struggled with this too. I've got some Ranger Cut-N-Dry stamp pad foam that I use and I tend to pair it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (usually Vintage Photo or Tea Dye). I found that tapping most of the ink off and then working in from the edge is the key. Takes a bit longer but tends to give me a more feathered edge.

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  8. Lynn, the card is beautiful. I always look forward to your posts. I am no expert by any means, but here's my two cents on the edge distressing. I like to use the Ranger ink applicators. They're wooden handles that you attach a small foam pad to. Once it's attached, you just rub it over your stamp pad and apply it to your card in circular motions that begin off the edge of the card and move inwards as far as you like. Start with a small amount of ink (you may want to stamp some off onto a scrap of paper) and keep adding. That will give you more control and less hard edges. Besides it's easy to add more... not so easy to take it off! :) I like distress inks for this because they stay wet longer and are more blendable, which means that you can keep blending out those harsh lines until everything smooths out. Best of luck!

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  9. Oooh you clever thing, Lynn! Love how you've kept this as a one-layer card yet still achieve the fun, shabby-chic, vintage style!
    I'm not an expert on inking edges but I swear by my foamy sponge thingy from Tim Holtz. Got different sponge squares for different inks and start by inking in circular motions OFF the card first, gradually inking onto the card (if that makes sense?!)
    Thanks for joining us on CASE study!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  10. Look how clever this is!!! I adore it, Lynn! :) I used either the Inkssentials tools by Ranger, or (for this card in particular) I use the chalk ink pad directly onto the paper, then I go over it once more with a lighter color to "blend" it. Hope this helps! :)

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  11. I was going to add my two cents to the inking question, but seeing as everyone left such great comments, I don't think I'm needed any more :)
    Wonderful job CAS-inyfing the inspiration card, sweetie!

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