The uber talented Heather Nichols hosted this weeks Make it Monday on the Papertrey Ink blog. The challenge? "Cluster Stamped Sentiment" You can see her great video HERE. I thought it looked both fun and easy! Simply stamp a sentiment in Versamark clear ink then emboss it and finally surround your sentiment with shapes which "grow" from behind the sentiment to scatter over your paper like a burst of confetti... or something like that. You better watch the video for yourself.
My card making Mojo has been terribly low lately but I can't actually believe that I am going to really post the cards I made for all blogland to see.
Here are my excuses:
1. I have a tremendous lack of ink pads - which with my birthday coming up may improve : )
2. I do not have a large thick-font sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink which seems important for this technique.
3. ... Ok, I can't think of three but I was whining so much there really must be a 3.
|It's ok. I could send it but I don't like it.|
I will start with the "good" card. This was my third attempt! It is actually the best of the series but darn if I didn't have to use a Stampin Up sentiment. I prefer using PTI products exclusively for their generous contest. Then red ink I used dyed the embossed sentiment and smeared the shapes behind it so it looks pink! and spoiled the crisp clean look. : (
|I could never use this card.|
The BAD. This is actually the second card I made. I had found on my first card that I needed a thicker font for my sentiment so this was a try for that. The sentiment is still too little and gets lost.
I have taught card making classes for years and have always told my students that there is no mistake in cardmaking - only opportunities. I lied. LOL Ok, maybe not but about those "well placed" sequins? they are covering up all the smudges I made when I didn't realize the ink that was laying on top of the embossed sentiment were smeared all over the card!
The UGLY. This was where I started. I tried to select three ink colors that coordinate on the color wheel. but I'm not wild about this combo. Next I selected my sentiment - having no idea the poor sweet message would be nearly unreadable.
|This one is ok. Not in love with it but it will do|
But in the end I covered up my invisible sentiment with the same sentiment stamped on cs to try to save it.
All in all I failed at this challenge --> but ladies - I worked hard so I decided to post these beasts even with all their problems. : )
Even though I came up short this really was a great challenge. If you have some time I encourage you to blurf over to PTI MIM and see what others have done with this challenge.
Have a great day! thanks for letting me whine : ) I'm done now. LOL
White cs from PTI all other cs from SU
"ok" card - Happy Hexagons Stamp Set from PTI and Regarding Dahlias from SU
"bad" card - Happy Hearts by PTI and a retired sentiment from The Angel Company
"ugly" card - Button Boutique Stamp Set and Boutique Borders: Friends Stamp Set both from PTI