I almost called this post how to cover up a million mistakes. I am going to show you my boo boos and fixes.
I have some super important people with birthdays this summer so I pulled out my Swirly Cupcake stamp and got busy.
I want to show you my first whoops! This particular mistake is called a hickey in printer circles. What causes a hickey is something on your stamp or on your printing press roller; but I just stick with the stamps...for now. A hickey is a tiny circle. I see it in printed pieces all the time (not from our shop!). To get rid of mine, I rinsed off my stamp in cool water, flipped my paper over and tried again. Easy fix!
My idea for the card was to use summer bright popsicle colors. I used a variety of dye inks to get the colors I wanted (Distress, Hero, Color Box). I inked up the stamp with the lighter color and made a quick "shadow" with a darker ink. You can see the light and dark inks on this swirly cupcake row. I made three rows with three different hues.
Now for mistake number two and three. I must not have clean the purple off of my stamp and it showed up in the green cupcake. I decided to pretend I meant to do that. Julia Child taught me that. Then I did the thing I always do-- I had ink on my finger and smeared it on my card. Ugh! I was going to emboss a small panel, but I decided to punch out black banners instead. I wrote "happy birthday"with a white gel pen and really liked how that looked. I felt like there were too many banners for hole punches and twine, so I used gems for holes and a Micron pen to draw string.
|Shiny and really blue, really in real life|
|all over stamping|
For my second card, I wanted to play with Perfect Pearls. Solid shapes look great with Perfect Pearls. My Woodland Deer stamp looks gorgeous with Perfect Pearls.
I hadn't played with this medium in awhile so it was time. Using Perfect Medium I did some all over stamping. Then I decided to add gold, purple, and blue. Which I hated, so I just went with the blue. I trimmed it off and made a panel.
I embossed celebrate from my Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set in Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. I wrapped up the card with baker's twine and gems both from my stash to complete a visual triangle.
Now I'm hungry. Cupcakes, anyone?
Happy day to you,
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Materials: Materials come from my Etsy shop or Amazon where I buy most of my supplies because I live in the sticks. And I'm always digging in my scraps, stash, and treasure box.