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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Faith in Nature

Do you ever start a card or project with one thing in mind and it turns out completely different by the end?  Well, I started this card by stamping the image in Black StazOn ink on watercolor paper.  I used an Aqua Painter to color in the pear image with the colors Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade.  Then, I added Crystal Effects on top of the image and let it dry overnight.  As it states in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, Crystal Effects can "add a dimensional, lacquered look to any stamped image" or it can be used as a very strong adhesive.  I've even used it instead of Superglue some times.  
Completed card for my Stamping Club
When I looked at it the next morning, I loved the effect that the water coloring and the Crystal Effects gave to my image but still had a basic card design in mind.  So I cut the watercolor paper down to a 3"x3" square and placed it on a Poppy Parade card base with a little piece of Pear Pizzazz ribbon behind it.  Then, I added the greeting in black ink.  But the basic design wasn't giving me that "wow" feeling that I was going for.  I wanted to share water coloring in different ways with my Stamping Club but I just wasn't impressed by the card I had created.  My judge (and wonderful husband) agreed that this may not end up being a club card after all.  So I began to cut the card stock and supplies for a different card to share with my club.
A closer look at the shiny dimensional look of Crystal Effects on top of the image
An hour or so later, I looked at my basic card design and realized that I really liked how this image turned out.  The effect that the Crystal Effects and water coloring had given to it was something different for my club and I just couldn't let it go.  So I began to distress the 3"x3" watercolor paper until the edges began to curl up and be a bit uneven.  Usually I'm a "like my lines straight" kind of gal but I was really liking the way the distressing was turning out.  After that my design began to change and take on a whole new look.  I cut a small piece off the bottom of my card stock and added a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock that had been punched out with the Scalloped Trim Border Punch.  Adding the distressed watercolor paper back to the card with the small piece of Pear Pizzazz sticking out near the top, I finally had a card that I wanted to share with my Stamping Club.

So enjoy the times when the design you had in mind takes on a look of it's own.  You never know when it will lead to something even better.  Enjoy!
Faith in Nature (hostess) stamp set (retiring soon!) - WM#122490 or CM #122492
Black Staz On ink pad #101406
Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade ink pads (retiring soon!)
Aqua Painter #103954
Crystal Effects #101055
3"x3" piece of Watercolor Paper #122959
Distressing Tool (part of the Cutter Kit) #106958
Pear Pizzazz ribbon (retiring soon!) #119265
4 1/4" x 1/2" piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock (retiring soon!) punched with Scalloped Trim Border Punch #118402
4 1/4" x 11" piece of Poppy Parade card stock (retiring soon!) scored in half at 5 1/2" to create card base

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