clean and simple monday

Sometimes “clean and simple” becomes “clean and not so simple“!  Such is the case with today’s card.  The challenge is to make your own background and I’ve got this covered two ways with this card.

The “simple” background is the black and white base card.  I started with a black card and simply used rub-ons to create the mottled look – like the composition books used for school.  The rub on is from EK Success called Confetti and I bought a large sheet of it at a Big Lots store over a year ago for less than a dollar.  I knew I would get some use out of it and it works perfectly here  to make the look I was going for. 

The “not so simple” background is the notebook paper.   It’s a digi image that I made.  It’s only the second time I have attempted to make anything digi and it took much longer than it should have. 

Look at it – all it is is a bunch of blue horizontal lines and one vertical red line – how hard could that be?  For someone who knows what they are doing it would have taken them less than a minute to create this.   For someone like me it took about 1/2 hour, which isn’t a huge amount of time in the grand scheme of things, but considering how simple this ended up being it should not have taken that long. 

I started out by creating a file in Photoshop Elements  about 5.5 x 6.5 – thinking I would use this  both as a journal page and card front.  I flipped on the rulers and grid feature and started to draw the horizontal lines.  Well, first I had to find the “line” tool – that took a few minutes.   Then  I drew a few lines and realized they were black, not the blue I wanted.    I thought I knew how to change colors – seems I forgot the specific steps and after several minutes of  trial and error ended up going through the “help” feature to find out the correct way to do this.  Now I’m on a roll – I changed the few lines to blue and realized – duh – I can just use the “duplicate layer” feature and copy as many lines as I need.  (There may be an even simpler way to do this but it is beyond my expertise at this stage!). 

So I get all my blue lines done and create one red vertical line for the margin and print out a sample.  It looks weird because it has no border.  So I go in and add  black lines around the edge and print out another sample.  Perfect….or so I think.

Since the file is 5.5 x 6.5 it is too large for my card front – so I just resize the file down to the size I want and print it out. Easy, right?   It looks terrible.  Because of the smaller size it makes the lines look very narrow – the scale is completely off.  Sheesh!!!

So I make a copy of the file and set out to remove half the lines!!!    Finished with that I print it out and – yes!!! – it looks perfect!!!    I can continue on with my clean and”simple” card!!

So…I now have two “notebook paper” digis and I have posted the files for you to have and use to your hearts content.  They are posted over at SCS on this thread HERE.

The card is a birthday card for my hubs –  whose birthday is Wednesday – and he’ll probably see it on here first (happy birthday honey!).  Two of the images have special memories for me.  First is the corvette image – it has no company name on it so I don’t know its origin.  But I purchased it at one of those little roadside shops on Route 66 – how appropriate is that!  We were on vacation in the southwest and traveled part of the way on this famous road and using the image brought back memories of that trip. Plus hubs loves corvettes.  The “keep the shiny  side up” sentiment is typically a motorcyle saying, but can work with sports cars as well.  It from Our Lady Of Rubber and was purchased during a trip to Santa Fe (another favorite vacation spot of ours).  The shop is called Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps and it is near the plaza in historic Santa Fe on the second floor.     The happy birthday is one of those $1 Studio G stamps.

The car was colored with prisma pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  I punched three circles from black cardstock and glued them on to the side of the notebook paper to make it look more authentic.  The panel was mounted on red cardstock to make it stand out a  bit more.

Whew! 

Thanks for stopping by today – I hope you join us this week for the CAS challenge at SCS – and I hope your card goes much faster than mine!