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Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: Holiday Exchange 2016 Lists have been sent!
« on: December 17, 2016, 09:29:52 PM »

To List 2 and Erica, I have one problem... well, i mailed it already two days ago(coz I have to redo it) but unfortunately one mail was not accepted - the one for Susan(Virginia) - accdg to our local post master they will not accept any mail going to East Coast (US) because in the past months all the mails bound there went back and temporarily they are not accepting it unless there's an advisory (from the national post office) to them that the problem is solved already... Can I just sent it through e-mail (pics) and when I got a call from the post office that it's already okay to mail it, I'll just mail it then?....
 Thank you

I have no idea what they think the problem is on the east coast, but don't worry, just mail it whenever they let you.  ;)

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: Holiday Exchange 2016 Sign Ups are now OPEN!
« on: November 26, 2016, 09:18:32 PM »
Erica... please add me to your holiday exaggerated list
do you need my address.

You have to use the sign up form. You can find the link in the original post.

Tools & Supplies / Re: From Scanner to Printer Settings (at home)
« on: October 24, 2016, 02:57:50 PM »
If you see graininess in the image in Photoshop then perhaps your printer is not high enough resolution or you are trying to increase the size of the image too much. If you only see it in the print, then it is likely the paper or cardstock you are printing on.

I don't make any particular changes when I print on colored paper. I have a bottom layer in Photoshop that is the color of the paper so I can see how it looks but then I turn it off for printing. I don't want the printer to try and put down a blue or red background. When the printer thinks the background is white, it leaves it alone.

Tools & Supplies / Re: From Scanner to Printer Settings (at home)
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:35:08 AM »
I forgot to say, if you are printing from Photoshop, be sure that you have the print settings set to have Photoshop manage the colors and not the printer.

Tools & Supplies / Re: From Scanner to Printer Settings (at home)
« on: October 22, 2016, 08:10:43 AM »
I have the Epson 3880 and it prints my fine art and pet portrait photography like a dream. But there is a learning curve and there are entire classes devoted to printing. A few quick things that might help:

Is your monitor calibrated? A Spyder is not expensive

Do you have an ICC profile for the paper you are using? If so, you should soft proof the image using that profile. Even if you don't have a profile for the specific paper, see if you can find a match between the profile you select in your printer dialog box and one of the profiles in Photoshop.

If you are printing on matte paper, the results will always be more washed out than on glossy photo paper or what you see on your screen. Try over-saturating the colors in your image before printing. Also in Photoshop try going to Selective Color, then pick Black and bump up the setting for black a couple of points.

There is a lot involved with printing and how much time and effort you want to devote depends on whether you need professional results, or just something nice for your friends. What is the main problem you are experiencing? Being washed out? Or are you having other difficulties as well?

Tools & Supplies / Re: Scanner recommendation
« on: October 13, 2016, 07:16:29 PM »
I don't have any particular scanner expertise but I have the Epson V700 and it does a good job with photos and artwork.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Looking for a quote/motto...
« on: September 16, 2016, 03:57:19 PM »

For me, it would be something my latin teacher wrote on the blackboard some fifty years ago. The fact that I still remember it (and not much else from this class) implies (to me) that it expresses a core value consistent with how I have lived since. It is:

Ad astra, per aspera.

Which, poetically translated, says

To the stars, through bolts and bars.

You have much more interesting recollections of Latin class than I do. The only thing I remember is puella puellae puellam.   ::)

It feels like a big jump between beginner and advanced. I think I'm in between.  :-\

A lot of watercolor artists swear by the Prismacolor Magic Rub eraser and something like a 2B pencil will erase more easily.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: New Pet Stamps
« on: August 01, 2016, 03:01:31 PM »
My post office didn't have any bird stamps so I used the National Parks on my feathers exchange. They really are a gorgeous set of stamps.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: New Pet Stamps
« on: July 31, 2016, 07:04:43 PM »
That's certainly an eclectic collection of pets! Does a hermit crab really qualify as a pet?  ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Greeting Card Paper
« on: July 28, 2016, 07:08:13 AM »
I have one of these, as well as the larger version:

You still have to do one by one, unless you score two at a time on a large sheet on the larger board and trim them down to size with a cutter, but with the rules and score guides on the board, you can do them really pretty quickly.  100 might take me 20 minutes or less.

Thanks, that definitely looks to be an improvement on my current tools: a ruler and a butter knife!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Greeting Card Paper
« on: July 27, 2016, 04:58:34 PM »
What do you use to cut and score your cards? Doing each one manually would quickly get tedious.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Stationery addicts unite!
« on: July 16, 2016, 08:09:28 PM »
For those interested in paper marbling, there is an upcoming free class on Creative Live

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