Our grandson asked me that question years ago: “How did you and Grandpa get in love?” I was startled by the question, but I started a little scrapbook to tell the story, with pictures of where we met, etc. It’s good to remember.
Anyway, stamper Carol and I were talking about how we “got in love” with stamping. She remarked how fun it is to see newbies get excited when they see what they can do. I always say that heat embossing did that for me — back in the days when you melted it over a toaster or light bulb! — but it was the card above, that I made at a camp years later, that made me a believer. I did that! I made art! I made something beautiful!
The real revelation was I could color! Like some of you (ahem!), I was one of those who only bought solid stamps (“Don’t make me color!”) or two-step sets. But this card changed my mind. It’s not perfect — it was really hard to control the daubers in such little areas, so now I use sponge-tip makeup applicators.
Do you recognize the technique? Crayon (wax) resist created the contrast in the main image, stamped on glossy card stock, which was then sponged. The Bordering Blue card base has these beautiful wreaths, and I confess that I’m not sure if we were using Pearl Ex (how I miss you!) or if this is silver ink. I’ll have to try it again. Anyway, it is a stunning, subtle effect IRL.
I sort of regret that I passed on this stamp set, offered in a Holiday Mini several years ago, as I love this collage look.