Everyone who knows me knows that I appreciate the value of having the right tool for the job. In Crafting, that doesn’t apply just to dies, punches, and scissors. To me, it means the right cardstock, ink, applicators, ribbon, adhesive, and you name it. When you travel, even when you think you brought what you need, you always forget something.
I planned to make this card on my trip so a friend could have fun making it with me. I brought the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (DSP), the Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey ink pads, the Something for Baby and Sassy Salutations stamp sets, and the Baby’s First Framelits. I was borrowing the Big Shot, so I was set, right? As usual, the design I had in my head and what I brought didn’t match up. I forgot the Coastal Cabana cardstock, and, of all things, a sponge. Every card maker knows you could need a sponge (or Sponge Dauber) at any time. After all, that’s my “fix-it” trick when I accidentally drop a stamp or smush an inky finger on my card. I just tap my piece of sponge on my ink pad and go over the area, like it was intended to be there. I’ve also covered my mistakes with another stamp design, button, or candy dot. Yes, now you know some of the many ways crafters have learned to add embellishments to cards.
The picture above is the Stamping Sponge. I usually cut it into six pieces, but I will cut eight pieces if I need a more precise sponging applicator. I just wash my sponges when I’m done (make sure to clean up wayward ink splatters from around the sink), and it doesn’t matter if they are stained, as long as they are clean.
Make Do – Well, as you can see from this picture, I had to set off my sentiment with some ink, or it just basically sank into the background of the card. I looked through what I had available in our condo. I could use a dirty kitchen sponge (nope), a wash cloth that was too thick and might stain (nope again), or try a paper towel. I knew the paper towel needed to be damp, or it would just absorb the ink. With my ink pad closed, I gently squeezed the top of the pad into the bottom, so when I opened it, there would be ink on the inside of the lid. I kept picking up that ink with the damp paper towel, and gently brushed the towel against the edges of the paper. It is by no means a good substitute, but it worked well enough to make the sentiment stand out. If you ever have to try this, do not touch your pad with a wet paper towel, because it could leave paper fibers, and even if it didn’t, paper fibers are very rough and could damage the pad.
Improvise – I mentioned I forgot the Coastal Cabana cardstock earlier, and my other colors of cardstock didn’t looked right, so I made my own. I took a Stampin’ Up! acrylic block, made sure it was very clean, and then inked it directly on my Coastal Cabana ink pad. I then “stamped” the block onto Whisper White and got a definite color effect that worked as a back ground. It wasn’t exactly the look I had wanted, but I think in this instance, it was a good substitute.
Have Fun – The gift tag was a separate piece to go with the card, and I wanted to make it stand out on it’s own – literally. Tags don’t have to be one dimensional. I took a long 2″ wide piece of Lullaby DSP and used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch on each end, made some folds in the middle to hold a strip of cardstock, and then attached my stamped and die cut images to the inserted cardstock strip. I tied it closed with a bow made from the Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my imperfections and improv! Tomorrow I’ll share pictures and thoughts on the Watercolor Winter Simply Created card kit from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog.
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