Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Two Participants with Questions

Viewers? Participants? Customers? I think of all of you as "friends" in a 21st Century kind of way. (Even though it doesn't feel all that "techie.")

In any case......two Cyberfriends are asking for some help.

Elizabeth Perini asks:
Hey where can I get more Vivid ink pads? Is that Clearsnap?
A Google search nets a pageful of references but I think Elizabeth is looking for more personal, helpful suggestions. 
Do you use Vivid Inks? Do you have a favorite supplier? On-line or "in town?"

Please talk to Elizabeth.....she's mid project and would really like some support with this search. answer....that you may not like! While browsing the Internet to find a source for you I ran across this information from Stamp A Mania

All Vivid Ink Products 50% Off! Vivid has been discontinued by the manufacturer. When they're gone, they're gone! 

From Yogi, who always makes time to lend a helping hand!--I have 1 Vivid stamp pad - a bright red, that I bought years and years ago when I first started all this stamping stuff. It sits in my drawer unused. So I pulled it out and surprisingly enough it's still juicy... It is by Clearsnap.
Check her comments at the bottom of this post. She has information about her favorite inks. Very helpful Elizabeth, since you may be having to make a change.

AND we have a message from Sally Bowen:
When someone puts a design of a card up, I'm confused about what to do with it. What elements are appropriate for each area? I can never think of anything interesting to put into the extra design spaces, besides the main focal point. Can anyone help me to get inspired by ephemera and such things and how to use it effectively on a card? What is your process for deciding what to put where?

Sally, Yogi has virtually written a tutorial to answer your question. Might just be a good idea (for all of us) to print it out and keep in with (y)our stamping supplies!

Everyone please post your help in the comments section.


Elizabeth's question is pretty straight forward


Sally Bowen's requires more thought, more personal sharing. And, in a way, is very complex. She's basically wanting to learn about the "Anatomy of a Project." The order, the gyrations, the way of experimenting....the "How to" from you about how you put a card or other project together.

This is, of course, very personal and perhaps very difficult to articulate.

But OH how INTERESTING and helpful.

Each person's process will, of course, be very different, one from the other..........but, whatever you are able to share will be a great  help to ALL of us!

Please give it a try!

Perhaps a sketch for reference will help. 
This sketch was designed by Arlene Faber for a Rubberstampchat Challenge. (If you don't know about this fun stamping community be sure to visit. It's FULL of ideas, helps and fun!) We chose Arlene's sketch because of its can be turned ANY direction and work equally well. 

Below are some examples using Arlene's layout.

We'll be adding more to this post in the next few days so be sure to "follow" the Blog. We hope, eventually, not to be loading your email boxes with too many messages. It can, we know, be very irritating. For now, we will still be notifying you via email when this page changes, but gradually we will give that up in favor of saving the callouses on your delete finger!

Thanks for your help.

Charlotte (ggd)


  1. Hi Elizabeth
    I have 1 Vivid stamp pad - a bright red, that I bought years and years ago when I first started all this stamping stuff. It sits in my drawer unused. So I pulled it out and surprisingly enough it's still juicy... It is by Clearsnap.

    I just sponged it and did a direct to paper. Both work ok, misting on the sponged section has a similar result to Tim's dye pad. But I will continue to reach for my Distress pads, there is no comparison - unless there's a color that's not in his line.

  2. Hi Sally
    You ask a tough question and there's no short answer. But when in doubt, keep it simple.
    Work with the 1/3's rule - divide your card into imaginary 9 squares, this will prevent you from putting something smack in the middle. Not saying that doesn't work, but it takes a bit more skill to carry it off successfully.
    Think about what you're trying to say either pictorially or with words, make one of them your focal image and place it within 4 to 6 of those squares.
    Make sure you have contrasts to add interest - can be contrast in color, texture (smooth CS contrasts with an embossed or textured CS) or with various ribbons, twine or other doodads; shiny with matte etc. Even in monochromatic cards, interest can be created with position and contrasts.

    Look at your card and ask the question are you happy with it, if the answer is yes - leave it alone. If the answer is no - why don't you like it?

    And then some people analyze too much and don't like anything they make...

    Look at the 2 cards in this post. Both are wonderful examples of the 1/3 rule as well as using things in 3's, have quite a bit of contrast in color scheme, but have still kept it simple adding that touch of ribbon or those shiny squares.

  3. Thanks so much Yogi for taking the time to give Sally (and the rest of us) such a well thought out answer. We can all benefit from these suggestions and reminders. KISS (Keep It Simple Stampers) is by far the most difficult for me : )

  4. Thanks, Yogi, for you thoughtful and inspiring response. This gives me something to chew on. I will be thinking about 3's and 9's as well as the 1/3 rule; and will try to keep it simple. Phew, alot to remember. Yes, I'll be copying your response!

    Thanks again, Yogi!

    Sally Bowen


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