Monday, February 21, 2011
Happiness is a Journey
This card is for today's Splitcoast Stampers Clean and Simple challenge (CAS107.)
My personal belief is that a CAS card should come together quickly; as in 30 minutes or less ...... not an hour and 15 minutes. I also believe that making a card should be stress free ... especially a CAS card. I will admit, this card was going along just fine, coming together quickly and just as I envisioned it; then it came time for the bow.
First, I have to ask myself "Why ... oh why when I know I'm crap at making bows do I continue to add them to my cards?" Is it an Irish Italian thing? Is the combined stubbornness of both nationalities just that great that I refuse to let a bow win? Apparently so. Yes once again the bow won the battle for supremacy. If bows were sentient beings, I'd say they hated me .. .with a passion. Not to worry though, because the feeling is mutual. Complex, simple, one knot or more, I cannot make a bow. **sigh** Just in case there is any doubt .... I loathe bows. :p
About the card: Aside from the bow; I'm really pleased with how this one came out. I've had this Close To My Heart set for some time and it's finally seeing ink. I actually bought it for scrapbooking one of my trips to London as it has some wonderful architectural elements in it, but I think its suits well for a card too. I used SU!s Shimmery White, Basic Black card stock and Basic Black and Going Gray inks. I tried to stamp off the background once to get the right lightness, but I couldn't get it to work on the test paper so I switched to the Going Gray ink. The brad and ribbon are also SU! and the pins are Maya Road's Vintage Pearls. I debated on whether or not to add a small splash of color to this, but have decided to let it go for now. I might try it in Photoshop just to see how it looks.
PS: Is the background stamp looking a bit greenish on your screens? It is on mine but its actually grey, and looks really nice IRL.
So that's it for now, thank you for stopping in.