Are you paralyzed with possibilities when you start a card? Which stamps? Paper? Ink? Accessories? Techniques? Layout? It’s overwhelming! And if you surf the Web and print out lots of fabulous projects, it gets even worse.
At a workshop last Saturday — a small group that enabled lots of talk and instruction — I described one approach to this dilemma:
- Stop looking at online galleries. You probably have enough ideas.
- Check out any samples you already have — or, use the Stampin’ Up! catalog. Find a card that immediately appeals to you. I loved 55C the first time I looked through the catty.
- Write down three things that you noticed. Here’s what I liked:
- The circle shape.
- The mostly monochromatic color.
- The pattern stamping of the circle.
- Then re-create the card, using what you have. I chose different colors (from the Color Coach!) because one of our other cards for the workshop was monochromatic. Instead of using the Designer Series Paper, we created a panel with texture and a different scale using a Texturz plate. I don’t have rub-ons or metal edge tags, so we used heat embossing to create the accent. The striped ribbon contrasted with the dots from the Texturz and the floral motif. Instead of stamping the sentiment on the card, we stamped and punched. A perfect card? No, but one that is pleasing to the eye, I think.
You become more confident the more you practice. I’ve made plenty of duds! Big deal. It’s paper crafting, not plastic surgery. Send your cards and make someone happy! Someone lonely or sick or heartbroken isn’t going to notice that the knot is a little off-center or remark that I could have done some piercing along the edge.
OK, enough of the lecture. Try this little exercise next time you’re stamping and see what you come up with.
Stamps: Garden Birthday
Ink: Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, VersaMark
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot and Backgrounds I Texturz plates, Coluzzle Cutting System, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Emboss Powder (White) and Heat Tool, 1/2″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Bashful Blue), Stampin’ Dimensional