Long time no see. I know it’s been a very long time since I last blogged. To say the last few months have been difficult would be quite an understatement. Aside from the occasional penning of poetry, my creativity was completely blocked by my mother’s passing. It’s still raw in some ways, but I’m coping and adjusting thanks to some very good friends.
Last weekend, I decided I was finally ready to try and make a card again. I needed to make one anyway to send to someone, and also I’ve felt it was about time to try again anyway.
The process did not come easily. Mechanically, I feel slower, more uncertain of what I’m doing. Things took a lot longer to figure out and do. I made mistakes. I had to start over a couple of times (I never have to do that usually). I couldn’t figure my way through problems quickly, like I would normally do. Some things felt alien now it’s been so long.
But I persevered, and today’s card is the result:
What do you think? It’s not perfect, and it is a CASE of a previous card I did a long time ago, but, I felt it still worked for the recipient and that also maybe I should not give myself too hard a time for it not being perfect.
I started with a panel of True Black cardstock and inked over the whole thing with my Versafine Onyx Black inkpad. I put the panel through my Minc to dry the ink (it’s not just for foiling!).
I then stamped the panel with the Unity Japanese Background stamp (which I’d previously cut into strips so I could overlap the characters and have variation in the stamping) using Versamark ink. I then covered the stamped areas with Perfect Pearls in Interference Green. That stuff catches the light so well and shimmers and is stunning in real life!!
I then turned to my trusty MFT Typewriter Alphabet stamp set to add to the background, stamping random (and not so random) letters using the smaller characters. I covered in Perfect Pearls in the same manner as the Japanese background. I then spritzed lightly with water to set the panel.
Finally came the main sentiment. I wanted to stamp and emboss this directly onto the panel, but this was where I learned the hard way that no matter how well you dry or set Perfect Pearls stuff just still sticks to it. 🙁 So after a lot of trial and error I stamped the sentiment with GinaK White Pigment ink. It was fine but didn’t stand out like I wanted. So I stamped the letters again onto a separate panel of cardstock, heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder – then fussy cut them all out individually and adhered in place using Multi Matte Medium. So, they stand out, though not in the way I originally intended. Meh.
I gave the panel a spritz of hairspray to finish, to make sure that powder really wasn’t going anywhere, then adhered it to my base with ScorTape and I was all done.
So, I would love to receive some love for this little card – I’d love some comments! Apart from anything it would be great to know that you’re all still out there and haven’t forgotten about me. *wink*
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m really hoping that I’ll now be unblocked enough creatively to be able to start posting a little more normally again, but in the meantime I’ve really appreciated all the support and patience and kindness you’ve all bestowed on me, and for each of you that have reached to me individually as well – you have no idea how much I appreciate you all.