Friday, 1 February 2013

Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 - Day 4

I loved Julie Ebersole's card from class today - and I realised when I went through my stash that I have the Dogwood stamp she used, but a smaller version in the Antique Engravings set from Hero Arts and Sizzix.  I made a dark grey card with it, and white embossed it - mistake!  Most of the detail disappeared, so I tried again with different stamps (Butterfly flowers and Always so thoughtful, both from Hero Arts), and with white card stock.

However, I made a boo-boo with the next card, too - I've come to rely on using clear stamps, and the sentiment stamp on the card below is wood mounted, but it has been put onto the wood block sligthly crooked, so lining up the wood ended with a crooked sentiment.  So the card below is a 3rd attempt for today (after using a t-square ruler and a stamp-a-ma-jig)! 
The border stamp at the bottom (a Lawn Fawn stamp from "Belinda's Borders") was a late addition - I decided that the sentiment was a bit too far from the bottom of the card, so I thought a thin border would anchor the card.  Even with three fairly large-ish stamps, there's still plenty of white space :)
 I hope you're having more success with your cardmaking attempts than I am today!  LOL!


  1. This is beautiful! Sorry it took so many tries, but I think it was worth it! I love the added border - it doesn't seem like a late addition at all.

  2. I gave up on stamping until the ease of clear stamps. We are spoiled now. I love your card, turned out beautifully, well worth the practice cards!

  3. I love this, Michelle. I'm a sucker for that delft blue look. And I sure know what you mean about sentiment stamps lined up wonky on their wooden bases! (I don't even want to think about how bad my cards must have looked for ten years b/4 I finally got a stampa-ma-jig!) And finally, I love the hash line you've added at the bottom to ground everything!

  4. This card is beautiful. I can't imagine the others are as bad you say they are although I hate when the stamps are aligned properly on the block! Thanks for sharing! This is an inspriation!

  5. Such a pretty card! I love the sentiment. Great design.

  6. Good to see you're enjoying the classes, Michelle. I decided against doing the course - too much going on. Love the end result here, and perhaps you could reset the crooked stamp on the block. Crooked mounting drives me nuts. Use the set square on so on. Then it won't continue to plague you.


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