You know that feeling when you stand up close to a piece of art hanging on a wall to see it in detail and it doesn’t really look all that special? Then you take a few steps back and suddenly you see the magic? That’s a bit like how I feel about the card I am sharing today. lol I’ll get back to that in just a minute.
When I first saw the Inspiration Photo (see below) for this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge I knew I wanted to use the Crystal Clear stamp set. I had a very clear image in my mind of my design, colour scheme, even the patterned paper I would use. Unfortunately, there was a *tiny* little problem! I didn’t own this stamp set! An emergency order was placed with a local supplier and I crossed my fingers and hoped it would arrive before the weekend. And it did! Yay!
I eagerly ripped into the stamp set and stamped up my design on a scrap piece of paper and I was still pretty chuffed with my design. Then I tried it “for real”. Uh oh! The cardstock I have used is not really suitable for watercolouring and I did intend to shade the mason jar with distress inks. Nevertheless I persisted. And here’s where we return to my opening comment…up close my card isn’t as pretty as I hoped it would be. From a distance it looks pretty cool though. So take a few steps away from your screen before you view my card. lol
Here’s the card I am entering into the challenge…
Oh, and I do have a tip of the day…I loaded up my paintbrush with ink to spatter onto my design as it just needed a little something. I *may* have forgotten to put my card in a box, or at least protect nearby surfaces before I started flicking paint around. Let’s just say I’m still finding things which have lovely little brown spots on them. Oopsy!
I am thinking I might just try this design again – perhaps put glossy accents over the mason jar and just tie the twine around the jar not the whole page. I think it would make a lovely sympathy card too. I’d also like to try it with pastel colours. I love this set!