Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Let's Fix That. Here's a Fixer-Upper card

Have you ever created a card and right when you thought you had it pretty much did something to "ruin" it??  I have had this happen more times than I care to remember.  So today's post is devoted to "fixing" a mistake and turning lemons into lemonade.

Take this card.  I stamped the Just Believe image in Not Quite Navy onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, then masked a moon and sponged the same NQN ink all over the card.  I had it pretty much the way I liked it, then wouldn't you know it, I dripped a few drops of water onto the card.  Don't ask me how it happened.  It was stupid and does not bear repeating.
Do you see that large "bleached out" spot near the upper left of the card and the one near the centre bottom of the stems?  Man oh man I thought the whole card was ruined.  Then I had an "aha" moment.  A brainstorm.  What if I made it so that the water-droplet bleached spots were intentional?  What if I gave those bleached out spots a lot of buddies? So I flicked more water all over the card and got an assortment of water spots.  Sheer inspiration borne out of an accident! 
This is what I ended up with!  I added an embossed white panel, a little bit of tearing and distressing down the Elegant Eggplant panels, a few pearls and voila!  Not sure about you but I happen to like it.  It could have been sent to the garbage, but now this card is meant for a dear friend!
So what you think?  Was this a decent save or what?  Would you have even known it wasn't intentional if I hadn't told you?  Didn't think so!    :)

I am enjoying my visit home with family - in fact, last night I did a workshop for one of my sisters who is also part of my downline.  It was a small but wonderful group of ladies and I had a terrific time.  I always love to see the 'personal touch' each lady brings to the table.  I am constantly amazed at the way the same card can turn out so differently in different people's hands.  Their creativity often becomes a jumping off point for my own inspiration.  You'll have to check back later to see what they've inspired me to do next!

Have a wonderful week and God Bless!    ~Cynthia     <><


  1. I love it, and no I would not have looked intentional to me since I first looked at it. It's a great technique, and I'm going to try it now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. AnonymousMay 07, 2012

    Gorgeous. I used to tell my ballroom dance students that half the time, the mistake you make today, others will be paying to learn tomorrow. I would certainly not have known that your water-spotted texture was born from a mistake! It's lovely.

    Gosia Hoot,
    Stampin' Up distributor

    1. Wow. A Ballroom Dance Teacher?!? You definitely know the fine art of "if they don't know it's a mistake then why should we tell them?"

      Glad you liked my card. And Welcome to StampWithCynthia! Have a terrific weekend and God Bless, ~Cynthia <><