I don't talk about it much, but every now and then I'll struggle with a stamp set or a card, and when I struggle, I reeeeeally struggle! Sometimes I'll take a break and come back around to it. . . or not. On the really bad days, I'll proclaim myself the world's worst cardmaker (EVER!) and throw a self-loathing, peanut M&M eating, pity party for one. This new Birch Frame stamp set by Whimsy Stamps was one of those stamp sets that challenged me. It's a beautiful stamp set, but not particularly "my style." I'm not even showing you the first two cards I created using this set that I promptly declared "disastrously hideous" (which is like a bajillion times more hideous than hideous) and threw in the rubbish. BTW, "rubbish" sounds way better than "trash" or "garbage." So, no worries, these two cards actually went to a happy place! ; )
This time, instead of that M & M eating, self -loathing pity party for one, and before I threw in the proverbial towel, I decided to try this stamp set one more time with a more optimistic outlook and was able to create a card that is actually quite pretty. I'm not saying it didn't take me 4-plus hours, but it's also not "disastrously hideous," so that's a craft win in my book!
*A full supply list is located at the end of this post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I stamped the Birch Frame on a piece of white carsdtock and colored it using Copic markers. I then fussy cut the entire frame out. I stamped the sentiment from the Beaucoup Bouquet stamp set in Merry Merlot ink. On a 4 1/4" x 3" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, I stamped the Leaves background stamp in Versamark ink. I heat embossed the leaves in white embossing powder. I matted this leaf embossed piece onto a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock before adhering both layers to the bottom of the card. I then adhered the Birch Frame to the center of the card popped up on 3M foam adhesive for added dimension.
I know I'm not alone in my crafting challenges. Tell me all about yours in the comments below!
List of supplies:
Hi, I'm Crystal!
I, Crystal Komara, am solely responsible for this blog and all of its content, including, but not limited to designs, concepts, text, images and photographs. This website is for your personal enjoyment, inspiration and to help stimulate your own creativity.
If you use one of my posts, images, classes or designs please be sure to give credit where it is due. Thank you!
Whether gifted, or from my own supply, all of my recommendations are based on items that I use and truly love, and I think you will too.