I started stamping in January 2006, after attending a Stampin' Up party hosted by my cousin. In my normal obsessive style, I immediately bought everything I could buy (embellishments, ribbon, inks, papers, tools) and learned every technique I could. And like many new converts, whether it be to religion or a new hobby or whatever, my fervour was high. Every card I made had to have everything I knew included in it! By Christmas of 2006, I was thinking I would make cards for the teachers' gifts. Better yet, I would make them sets of cards, in a unifying colour scheme. I made 4 or 5 different designs - I'm going to save the rest for the next "What was I thinking Challenge". Here is just one of these lovely creations:
But I love that flower and I wanted to make it a challenge, so I forced myself to remake this card with the same colours and stamps. I figured since I hated the colour combination so much, the best way to deal with it was to minimize the amount of colour used, and have lots of white space. Here it is:
But a practically white card felt a bit like cheating, so I made another one. Same colours, different stamps:
I used a technique I learned on the damasklove blog and shaded the stamped flowers with copic markers to give some more depth. My original intent was for this to be a portrait orientation, but I couldn't find the best 'fit' for the sentiment, which really wanted to fit right where it is. So landscape it is.
I like these cards so much better - what a fun challenge!
Live, Love, Laugh:
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Both Way Blossoms, Inkadinkado Alphabet
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Gina K Pure Luxury
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cool Caribbean
Accessories: Copic Markers, Fruit Punch Stickles
Stamps: All Stampin' Up! solid flowers from various sets, Papertrey Ink (leaf)
Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink: Memento London Fog, Certainly Celery, Always Apricot, Regal Rose
Accessories: Copic Markers