This card is all about learning, for me. I tried Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #49 challenge, for “ghost masking.” This was very, very far out of my comfort zone. Not even sure why I tried it. It doesn’t really fit in with what I perceive to be my style of card making, and I couldn’t see using it very much in the future. I also just placed a huge purchase for the PTI release, so I’m pretty apathetic about winning a prize right now – I just want my box of new goodies to get here as soon as possible so I can play!
I guess I just really wanted to make a card. And rather than face my usual trip-up by trying to interpret a sketch challenge, and while waiting for another color combo challenge to come out, I decided to give it a try. This is another card that strikes me as wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels, but maybe you all can give me an objective view on it.
I didn’t have an overlapping stamp like the Labels one that Betsy used. So I improvised a little with my Mat Stack 1 dies. I cut both the regular die and the layerz die from vellum, using both the positive and negative dies in the whole process. But for the frame, I used the negative layerz frame on the outside, and the regular die on the inside, then I sponged that little opening between them with black ink to create the faux frame. Then I took off stamping the flowers.
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I made the mistake of not letting the inks dry enough, because I tried to squeeze in some craft time amongst all the bedtime chaos last night, which makes me a little anxious. I should have waited till they were all asleep in bed, but I was worried about finishing in time to still get some sleep. So there are a few smudges here and there, and I didn’t quite get the ink down in some spots, so it looks a bit splotchy around the frame.
And, I originally made it to be a one-layer card, but I ended up cutting it to mat it because I couldn’t handle it as it was. The pearls look weird for a sympathy card, I know. But I used them to cover a few minor but noticeable mistakes, which didn’t even get covered that well, so the pearls are really quite pointless. I wish I would have sent the main panel through with the Linen/Canvas Impression Plate for a little texture.
Actually, this would typically be a card that I would hide and not post, out of embarrassment. But I figured ‘why not?’ since this one represents the learning experience for me. Might as well share, right??
Besides, ya’ll are so nice anyway, it’s not like I’m expecting anyone to say “Wow, girl, this is so, sooo ugly!” I welcome all constructive criticism, because I want to get better at this craft, and I want to learn and stretch and grow. So,… have at it! 😉