ALERT: this post and my next is heavy on butterflies (surprise, surprise), so if you've had it up to here, and possibly beyond, with my butterfly obsession, I completely understand should you run away, flailing and wondering what's the matter with me. Totally understandable.
Over the past 8 days I have been attending the amazing online card class "Stretch Your Stamps 2."
Ideas and inspiration galore, fabulous instructors, new techniques...utterly fabulous. Completing my assignments, however, is a whole 'nother story. It's not for lack of trying (happy recycle bin...stuffed to the gills again), but rather, it's the missing ingredients in my collection that has me floundering around, flummoxed and frazzled, trying to innovate and adapt with what I do have. Sometimes things work, while other times...grrrr. My mom told me there would be those kinds of days. She's right. Still, persistence and perseverance are part of this craft, so that's what I've been doing...
Background and reverse background stamps were the focus of Days 1 and 2, and Shari Carroll made a gorgeous card, using a reverse background stamps, inked up with distress inks, spritzed, placed on cardstock then cut into tiles. Stunning. I was ready...except, I don't have said stamps in my collection in 'full card' size; I don't have a spritzer and we already know the dynamic I have with water-colouring. No way, however, was I going to miss out on this 'tile' trial. Improvised. I used a small acrylic block, inked it with my mini distress inks, squirted it with my plant sprayer (ummm...yeah, a little excessive with the spraying. Misters on the list), splodged it down on cardstock, let the ink do whatever it wanted and dry. Repeat x 6. Ink with one of my STAMPlorations butterflies, create a card and a tag card. Done.
Visually, they don't mirror Shari's cards even a little bit, but their "intent" certainly does with the tiles, water-colour, spritzing, stamps 'sort of' stretched. I quite like the result.
I'm heading off to TIME OUT challenge #11~Celebrate, with the optional twist of butterflies, as well as to the new 101 Watercolour site, hosted by the sweet and talented Victoria Lavender. I haven't given up...yet *grin*
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day.