Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Daily Special - Retired Set Revival - Gentler Times and Cute Converse

This layout is a slight adaption of SCS Sketch Challenge 121. I really liked the layout but I wanted to change it a bit so the layout below is what I came up with. I haven't been on SCS for so long. I want to try out the challenges and maybe tomorrow I'll do another adaptation of a SCS sketch.

The card design is sort of atypical of my norm. . .I tend to gravitate towards bright, bold colors and this one is sort of romantic and whimsical. I really like the romantic style but because I'm so accustomed to vibrant colors, I have the tendency to look at subtle colors as "bland".

The stamp sets that I'm reviving are "Gentler Times" and "Cute Converse" which are both retired. I haven't used "Gentler Times" for over a year. I pulled it out of the garage the other day and decided to use it.

I, initially, messed up the rose images. I watercolored it and the watercolor brush began to wash out the image. I changed the medium to pastel and a blender pen but because the paper was already wet, the cardstock started to peel off and this worsened the wash out appearance. Ughhhh! To fix that problem, I filled in color with markers but the markers left an obvious demarcation between the washed out colors and the bold marker colors. Again, ughhhhhhh! I was not about to give up so to dull the marker colors, I applied Crystal Effects. If that didn't work, I was going to start over.

When the Crystal Effects dried. . .yay!! I actually liked the end result so I kept it and finished up the card. I guess the lesson learned. . .don't give up - keep trying until there's no option but to start over.

The designer paper is by K&Company Peabody Scrap Pad. I love the K&Company DP. . .Michael sells different stacks of K&Co DP and the price is a lot more reasonable than Basic Grey and other designer papers. With the coupon, a stack of 36 double sided paper ends up to be approximately $7. The papers are thick - almost cardstock quality so you can actually use the designer paper as a card base if you want.

Hey. . .5 more days for the X-Fest concert with 30 Seconds to Mars, the Used, and the other bands! Whoohoo! Can't wait!

1 comment:

Karen Lindsay said...

I've experienced something like this before, but never had the results you did. I think this card is stunning! :)


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