a small glimpse into the mind of an obsessive-compulsive stamper…

Posted by on April 12, 2008 in Flowers | 0 comments

I thought some of you might find it interesting to see how a card evolves when the stamper has to have things “just so”. I wanted to use the new die-cut blooms and ribbon sliders that I purchased a while back under the new “bulk-buy” program that SU! has for demonstrators. So this card is the final version and although the design is very simple, it’s amazing how long it took me!


I was inspired by this card at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/847956?si=die_cut_blooms and went with that layout. I chose the Bali Breeze DSP since I haven’t used it yet and pulled the colors from that (Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive). So here’s my first attempt. It’s pretty, right? I could have stopped right there and been done with completing a nice, perfectly acceptable card in about 10-15 minutes .

But no, I had to “fix” the flower (didn’t like just the 2 petals touching the white, it needed to be 3 – don’t ask me why, I just know it had to be). Then I kept going back to the pumpkin piece, didn’t care for the design, then I remembered the pumpkin paper from Bali Breeze and that seemed to fit better. Now, again, I could have stopped here. But no…


Now I kept focusing on the narrow twill ribbon. It just seemed like it should be wider to offset the small patterns in the DSP and to balance out the large die-cut bloom. So I wrestled with getting the 5/8″ ribbon through the teeny tiny openings in the slider and added it to the card. I loved it! I even scanned it and almost posted it to http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/. I was so close, all I had to do was click the “process” button at the bottom but I kept looking at that little slider and thinking: “It just needs something…” OK, so I get out the Crystal Effects and Taken with Teal re-inker, mix up a little batch and painstakingly applied the colored goo to the slider. Now, finally, the card was finished and I was happy. This is a perfect example of why the laundry never gets done…

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