Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm in the Amber Ink (th)INK Tank!

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Check out the name on this custom design team badge! I have been invited by the brilliant (but not patient) Amber to carry the torch for Amber Ink for the month of August! Amber Ink features digital stamps, digital "iPaper" and clear stamps. We are saying farewell to Karin Martin, Nicole Anderson, Patricia O'Hagan (Pinky), Suzi McKenzie, and Taylor Usry. Shannan Tuebner, the design team co-ordinator, is providing some continuity as we welcome the August leg of the th(INK) Tank relay!
We are starting the sneak peeks for the August release. Today I am sharing three darling first-day-of-school kiddos that will be available in the Amber Ink shop on August 20th. It is so much fun working with digital stamps because you can do all the compositing of images without having to do any masking. This card includes New Girl, Gossip Girl, and the Turned Head Boy; I don't know their official names yet!

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Notice that fun background paper! Amber has wonderful iPaper designs that coordinate with each of the stamp lines, or you can mix and match! This design, Clutter Dots-Green, is actually from The Little Top Collection of circus-inspired designs, but I thought the primary colors really suited my first-day-of-school kiddos! Another really different feature is each design is available in three levels of brightness from full strength, as shown above, Whisper, which is paler, and Hint which has the faintest pattern.

I put my three kiddos together in Photoshop. The first thing I like to do with digital images is to select only the background and delete it, so the inside of each kiddo and desk, etc. still has white inside. I then save the files as a PNG, which allows transparency, as opposed to a JPG or TIF which does not.  This makes it so easy to put the images together. I create a new 300 dpi document that is 8x10.5 inches (letter-sized minus a quarter inch margin all the way around) then I copy or place each PNG file into the new file. It is easy to rearrange them, and I can change the order of what is in front or in back. Because each image is solid and the background is clear, there is no special masking needed.

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I fill up the whole page with images, and it makes it easy to judge how to size each one and how much space to leave.  I like to print on my B&W laser printer onto color laser printer paper. The laser printer fuses the toner onto the page with heat, so the markers will not smudge the ink. The color laser printer paper is ultra smooth and thicker than regular copy paper, and it is easy to blend Copic markers and so much less expensive that a good quality card stock, plus it takes a lot less ink to saturate the paper. I die cut the image and sponged around the edges while it was still in the die.

After that I just added ribbon, buttons, and a thank you sentiment. Remember to recycle - the bright green scalloped circle behind the sentiment is punched from a Windstream DSL broadband flyer that came in the mail!  I think this would make a fun teacher thank you card, and with a different sentiment it would make a fun birthday card, invitation, or thinking of you card.

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Hope you liked my first-day-of-school kiddos, and I'll be sneaking peeks at another Amber Ink stamp collection in a couple days!  Please leave a comment, I LOVE hearing from you!
  

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on being a guest designer and your card is just adorable!

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  2. Hie teammie .. love how you have grouped all the images to make a scene and that paper works brilliantly
    Lisa ;)

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  3. Wow! You really did the kiddos up just right! Love this, Lynne! Your coloring is outstanding =)

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  4. WOOOO HOOO!!! Congrats Lynne!!! :-)
    - Cheryl (you know who) . . . I think I will have to scan your characture of me & use that as profile pic!!!) :-)

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  5. Holy Schmoly Lynne! This is beautiful. Not only is the card amazing, but the pointers you have here are blowing me away - even down to the recycled paper on the sentiment! It's all just so smart. So glad you are carrying the torch.

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  6. Nice card Lynne!!! Quite a change from the Alice theme. I am proud of my creative daughter. Dad

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  7. This fabulous.Amazing colouring and the bright papers suit the image so well.So clever to merge the images too.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.
    Lisa x

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  8. Great post (as always) but I especially love the addition of the Lynne & Janet picture in the right margin!!! You always were the pretty one :-)

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  9. ohh this is so cute.. love the image ;)and your colroing is awesome :) great job! Thank you for playing with us on the craft your passion challenge. Good luck!

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  10. This is adorable! Thanks for playing along with us at Penny's. Good Luck!

    ~Courtney~
    PPCC DT

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  11. Such a familiar scene. Great images. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion this week.

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  12. wow! just.... WOW!!!!

    thank you so much for joining us at craft your passion!

    hugs :)

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  13. Great card! Your coloring is wonderful! Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion.

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  14. Cute, cute, cute. I was really bad at whispering in class. Thanks for joining us at I Did It Creations.

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  15. What a fun card, beautiful bow, wish mine turned out that nice :) Thank you for sharing with us over at Pennys this week x

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  16. What an adorable classroom scene!!! Fantastic pointers on the digi's! Congrats!!!

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  17. fantastic card, just love how you have arranged the images
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion this week
    hugs Shell xx

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  18. Really cute card, love all that coloring and the dp is perfect! Thanks for playing along with KWED! We appreciate your support and hope you will join us again next week! ~Diane

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  19. Well, just how cute is this! Love this sweet, fun card. Good job with the digis and I do love that paper. Glad you joined the Stampin B's this week with your adorable scene.

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  20. Just beautiful - thank you for joining us at I Did It Creations this week
    Hugs Debbie xx

    ps congrats on becoming an inkling

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  21. What a fun back to school card! very cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft your Passion, this week, in our "anything goes" challenge.

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  22. it's a fantastic image! Thank you so much for entering the SFTW challenge this time and good luck.

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  23. This is so cute. Why don't you enter it over at stampin' royalty. We have a back to school challenge this week too. www.stampinroyalty.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh this is just the cutest card.....love those little kid images and the scene you have created!!
    Thank you for joining us at KWED this week and hope to see more of your creative works next week.
    Linda DT-KWED

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