Sometimes things don’t work out exactly the way we planned. Life can be really frustrating, forcing us to take different paths to get where we need to be. In the end, though, we sometimes find a solution that’s better than what we originally wanted. Today’s project is a series of missteps and mistakes, and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Uni-Ball Signa Gel Pen. Did you know this is a product in the Stampin’ Up! catalog? I have known it’s there, but I never ordered it until I tacked it onto a small order last month – a little $3.95 gift to myself. I knew I would be able to paint on dark paper with this pen, but I didn’t know how impressed I’d be with the outcome. The lines were vivid and rich. Perfection!
- Drawing lines on a card front. I’ve shared this tip before, but it bears repeating because it’s saved me a lot of rework. When you want to create a line across a card front, use a ruler or a thick piece of card stock to guide the pen. Begin drawing the line off one side of the cardstock to avoid a “glob” of ink in the middle of the card. Start off the card, and end off the other side of the card.
- Change of plans. This card started as a base for The Paper Players’ color challenge last week (it included Midnight Muse). My original idea was to create a diagonal grid in the background of a piece of Midnight Muse with my Uni-Ball Signa Gel Pen. I wanted to make all the lines even. My spacing of the lines, however, was a bit off. They seemed to get closer and closer as I made my way across the page, so I decided to intentionally make them closer to the previous line. In the end, the lines seem to radiate from one corner of the page.
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone. Once I got close to the bottom, left corner, the lines started getting too close, creating a mess. I decided to clip off the edge and then repeat the clip on the other three corners. Makes for an interesting look, don’t you think? I really like this sentiment from Really Good Greetings (available in the 2013-2014 catalog). “Live the life you imagined” seems to fit well on this card that turned out better than I imagined.
Stamp Sets: Really Good Greetings Inks: Midnight Muse, Uni-Ball Signa Gel Pen Papers: Midnight Muse, Whisper White Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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