I want to thank everyone for their encouraging words about my creativity block. It really got my spirits up! Thank you so much!! I’m already feeling better. And my girls have been great too. My 10-year-old gave me a dramatic eye roll and called me “ridiculous” for thinking my cards were less than perfect. My 6-year-old just gave me hugs and kisses. Both special in their own way.
This week I used the same stamp for the foreground and the background. If you look closely, the stamped flower image toward the left of the background is the same as the blue flower. I “stamped off” the background to make sure it was really light – I felt like my flower would pop more without a dark, distracting background. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. Well, except for the water drops. I actually removed the ones I created in my video and re-applied them (which is what you see in the picture). In the process, the paper tore and it was a mess trying to fix it. I should have taken the picture first before messing with it! Oh, well. Live and learn.
I want to leave you with a little tip. It’s about simplicity. It is SO HARD to stop working on a card. Isn’t it? You want to keep adding stuff to make it better and more interesting. I see so many cards out there in magazines and online that are just so incredibly “busy”. When you are making a card, ask yourself, “what is my focal point?” There should only be one focal point. If there are multiple things the card-viewer would be drawn to, scale back to one. I think this tip is one of the hardest ones for me to follow. If you’re having trouble thinking of “what else” to add to your card, step away from it. Come back the next day and look at it again. You might decide that it’s just perfect the way it is.
Have a great week!
SONG: “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)” by The Script.
- Hero Arts Large Flower Background Stamp
- Stampin’ Up! Thank You Kindly Stamp Set
- Neenah Solar White Cardstock
- Stampin’ Up! Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Tangerine Tango, and Basic Black
- Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painter
- Versamark Ink
- Stampin’ Up! Black Embossing Powder
- Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
- Tim Holtz Perfect Pearls with Water
- Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Marker
- Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals