As I’ve mentioned, I’m not a hybrid expert. I’ve officially made 4 cards now – yay! Over the past month, I’ve learned a lot about my computer, my printer and the world of tangible supplies.
1. Always print a test page. Use the “fast draft” setting on regular paper to reduce waste. Print several iterations until your project looks just right.
2. Choose the right paper. Printing on card stock will result in slightly muted colors. I use a thick textured card stock, because I like that look and the extra dimension. If you want more realistic images with super-saturated color, then choose photo paper.
3. Print borderless, if you can. Borderless printing will ensure that you print a project at the exact dimensions a designer created. Most newer color printers will have this feature. Mine does, but it doesn’t always work perfectly. Because of this, I don’t print full bleed (i.e. all the way to the edges).
4. Be an ink saver. Every single project doesn’t need to use the maximum amount of ink your printer can dump. Be wise in your use of resources by choosing the best setting for the job. Generally, the “best” setting provides great quality and also doesn’t use excess ink.
5. Get friendly with your printer. Normally, I shy away from software that is bundled with hardware. However, the printing application that came with my printer is not too shabby. While I could accomplish the same tasks through Photoshop, I found the included tool much more user-friendly.
6. Paper cutters cut straighter lines than I am able. It was only on my 4th card that I realized my Fiskars trimmer was not going to goof up the background and paper strips like I frequently did.
7. Use smaller scissors. I’m sorry that all of my Scrappers Give Thanks projects have little flowers. They are a pain to cut. I discovered last night though that smaller scissors make it easier. If you’ve got those teeny paper-cutting scissors then you probably don’t need this tip anyway.
8. Glue on something. Always use a piece of paper or cloth under an item you’re glue-sticking. Use a new area with every piece, so you’re not picking up stray glue on the front of an embellishment.
9. Think 3D. Hybrid projects, especially if you’re only using paper, can look a little flat. Add your own dimension by gently folding up the petals of a flower or inking the edges of a piece.
Do you have any tips for hybrid fun?