Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy Birthday

A stamper whose interview I read some time ago said that the reason she loved stamping was that it was the most forgiving hobby out there.  She was right . . . the number of ways we can bail ourselves out of yucky mistakes is exceeded only by the amount of stars in the sky.  This card shows the use of a small scrap (the vase), and also the use of a disastrous background attempt to marry an intricate stamp with a sloppy medium . . .

 The background stamp is a lovely delicate swirl that was utterly overwhelmed by the otherwise wonderful chalky liquid I was using to achieve a gesso-ed, dimensional look.  So I went from a realistic design to a modern, textural approach instead.

MORAL:  almost any disaster can be salvaged by chopping it up into small pieces, thus making it unrecognizable from its original state.  Then, people will think you went for this design on purpose!  Nobody needs to know you blew it . . . but confession is good for the soul, so I'm sharing my story with all of you.  Go digging into your craft wastebasket and see what you can salvage today!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Dark Rosey, Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper,
                           Generic Tan cardstock
Stamps:        Impression Obsession Swirl Background, Stampin’ Up
                           “Happy Birthday”
Inks:               Distress Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick,
                           Distress Brushed Corduroy, Ancient Page Sandalwood
Emb Powder:   Stampendous Shabby Pink, Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Cheery Lynn A2 Frame, Papertrey Ink Mega gracious Vase,
                           Impression Obsession Bare branch
Doo Dads:    Plaid Liquid Chalk White
MSG:              Stampin’ Up “Best Wishes”

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