I’ll try almost anything once. If I don’t like it, I’ll probably give it one more try – or maybe two. You know how much I enjoy challenging myself to make myself like stuff, right? If I try it a second time and still don’t like it, then I make the decision to (a) never touch it again or (b) give it ONE more try.
When I first saw Stampin’ Up!’s Undefined Kits (that allow you to carve your own images and words right into Stampin’ Up! rubber), I was out-of-my-skin excited. It was Convention 2013 – you can make ANYTHING with these kits, and I couldn’t wait to shimmy over to the carving table to give it a try. A couple of swipes of the cutting tool, and I was done. This was something I needed to take time with.
When I got home, I tried another time but decided it wasn’t for me – “I like to make things with stamps, but I guess I don’t like to make stamps.” Well, I picked up my kit again this past week, and here’s what I came up with:
A puzzle piece. So, I messed up. So concerned that I wouldn’t get a super-clean cut, I trimmed too deeply into the rubber. After a couple of clear, crisp stamps (see the background on the card below), the rubber started to curl under. Totally not the fault of the rubber or the product – completely my “rookie mistake.”
See how the cropped out puzzle pieces are less defined than the ones in the background? That’s my excessive carving. Hey! The product is called Undefined, right? Maybe I achieved “eureka!” by making the image progressively less defined. 🙂 As the image became less and less puzzle-shaped, I was puzzled about what to do with it. OMGosh! I am really cracking myself up here. That’s when I decided that this blog could definitely pass as a camouflage background, so I made this:
Happy Together Card: Stamp sets: A Dozen Thoughts Papers: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White Inks: Real Red, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight Accessories: Undefined Stamp Carving Kit, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Happy Retirement Card: Stamp Sets: The Great Outdoors, Teeny Tiny Wishes Papers: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Very Vanilla Inks: Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crumb Cake Accessories: Word Window punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’d love for you to give Undefined a try – I will be playing around with it again soon. If you want to learn more, click on either of the pictures below (the first is the kit, the second is the refill kit).
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