Again. After all the problems with my printers – my laser b/w died and the ink situation with the Canon Pixma – I went ahead and ordered a color… or colour… laser printer from Amazon. For more less £145 I got a Samsung CLP-315W (wireless, the none wireless is £10 less) and it’s nice. I don’t know how many prints the cartridge that comes with the package goes up to but a new one can print 1000 color prints (b/w at 1500) it said (£115 for new toners). I’ve always had a laser printer but this is my first color one. I can’t do a full review on this thing but for the price and size (the most compact laser in the market) it prints beautifully, setup was a breeze on my Mac (haven’t tried wireless, I was in a hurry), and whenever I need ink the cost might be 2x the price of ink jets toners but the toner will go 10x… or more. It is a bit slower to warm up and print compare to an HP (4ppm vs 16ppm) but really, I only print 1-2 pages at a time and I rarely wait on it. If I live on a printer than I’d get an HP. I’ve always had great luck with them and they’re fast.
I’ve always loved a laser because I buy it once and I never have to buy a new toner. The printer would die on me first before I get a toner (my b/w I’ve had for 4 years. It’d still be alive if I didn’t fry it). Plus it’s waterproof. Granted I don’t color much I can’t print on an inkjet and color. It’ll smear. There are special ink but I think they’re pretty spendy. So yes I spend a little bit more up front but laser printers, for me at least, go a looooooong way. Keep in mind that laser printers are not photo printers. People complain about how terrible their photos look after printing. Print photos on a photo printer and on photo paper – that’s what they’re for. For hybrid projects though, laser printers are dreamy, ha! Very excited about doing lotsa more hybrid!!
For this card I used the colors and challenge from Embellish Mag: Purple, green, black and I added a touch of white and cream. The challenge is to use a square. I went with a square 5×5 card and a pattern paper that has little purple squares. The pattern paper, bird, heart and nest came from this GORGEOUS kit by Krystal Hartley and mle Card at Sweet Shoppe Design. The kit is called Hope Springs Eternal. If you like vintagy kind of projects or you want a beautiful kit for a digiscrap this one is a must have!! I can’t wait to do a few pages with this baby!!
Here are some details… I used PTI satin vintage cream ribbon. Then I tied another bow around the PTI bow using some already scrunched up seam binding that I got from Etsy. For the center I added a Making Memories brad which I gently wrapped around the knot. The card looked fine without the seam binding but I think the extra bow makes this look a bit more feminine and fun. Oh, almost forgot, I sewed!! I think I figured out my sewing machine. But we’ll see. Maybe I just got lucky!
Then I layered stuff in the middle. If you follow my blog you know I’m not a fan of purple. Purple is just an eviil color I think but I know a lot of you LOVE purple and can use it well. So, even though I used purple cardstock for the base I covered as much of it as I could and added a touch of it here and there for balance. It’s just a little something I learned when I was in graphic design class ages ago. The bird, hearts and nest I trimmed out. The doily I inked up with green galore from SU. It’s a super astro bright green but when I ink with a sponge I like using colors that are brighter so that I won’t have to ink so much/so hard. Then I went outside with my caligraphy ink + brush and splatter some ink. I just then layered everything. The sentiment is PTI’s, from Dawn McVey’s shower set, and the flower is Making Memories. Of course I had to stick a button somewhere and use more of the many yards of baker’s twine that I got from Etsy.
That’s that. I hope you all have a great one and last I want to show you the whole kit and how I laid the different pieces on my 8.5×11 piece of cardstock paper (normal cardstock that I got from WalMart).
The piece on the bottom right, I’ll be using for a layout.