Wednesday, April 9, 2008

When simple cards go rogue

Did you ever have one of those days when a project just kind of developed a mind of its own and took off with you trailing behind, desperately trying to keep hold of the leash? Yup, you guessed it, that's exactly what happened to me today.

There I was trying to come up with a nice and simple Mother's Day card to coordinate with the other class projects and bemoaning, once again, the fact that my Live Your Dream set, which would make the coordination process sooooo much easier, is not here yet. I went through my stamp collection and nothing there really sparked my interest until I got to the Wild Rose set. (Because this set is in a big box it is, of course, at the bottom of my stamp pile!)

So I took out the Wild Rose set and thought I would make a very simple card featuring the single large rose. Only when I started stamping I could not stop. I had to stamp some smaller blue roses and some rose buds and some leaves and pretty soon my stamp room looked like the Rose Garden in full bloom. (Note to self: this is what happens when you let one of your favorite stamp sets go unused for too long!)

So there I was with all these stamped images and my paper snips started to do a mesmerizing little chant and before I knew it I was cutting everything out and layering it on the card front. By this time I knew I had lost the battle and I had to go with the flow. No way could I put all that work into stamping and trimming out the images and not use them on a card. So I tweaked the arrangement a bit, adhered everything to the naturals white mat with SNAIL and dimensionals, and added the Happy Mother's Day sentiment. The white space in the upper right hand corner bothered me so I grabbed my photo corner punch and added a layered photo corner punched out of two designs from the Afternoon Tea designer paper assortment. Then, as a final touch, I used my versamarker and a blend of iridescent ice and clear embossing powders to add a little shine and glisten to the highlighted portions of the leaves and flowers.

I know very well that this card is not a suitable card to make at a class except for the most patient stampers who love to trim out images, so don't worry -- a simple card is still coming. Anyone who really likes a challenge, however, is still welcome to make this card at the class.

So that's today's rogue card. Stay tuned for the simplified version.


Desirée said...

I think we all have those times we are going for a simple card and a way more complicated card emerges - yours is beautiful! Any mother would be ecstatic to get such a card:)

Diane said...

Wow Diane this is beautiful!!
It will be a great Mother's Day project! Check my blog,I nominated you for an award!!

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. nice work.

sounds like something I would do!

Crafty Connie said...

Beautiful card!

Melissa said...


Many Blessings,

Lauren said...

This is WOW!!!