Friday, September 23, 2011

Think of the Possibilities

It's kind of strange, but I rarely make the same card twice. I admire people who can do that. It would be so much more efficient when making cards enmass.  But me--not so much. Perhaps it's a little OCD or something, but I digress. LOL

Anyway, once in awhile there's a technique or design that just captures my imagination. Now don't misunderstand, this doesn't necessarily mean the results are all identical, but it does mean I repeat the same basic technique several times,  playing with a variety of possibilities. Maybe it's easier to show you what I mean.  Take a look at this first sample.

This card was created by masking off the edge of my cardstock, then sponging distress ink along one side, letting it fade off toward the middle.  I then stamped the floral image repeatedly in black without reinking between, and added the sentiment.  A bit of black matting, and a ribbon added to a green card base and there you have it.  Simple.  Kind of cool.  And it got me thinking.

My next attempt was in shades of aqua.  I added a few raindrops and a bit of twine to add a bit more interest. 

So I say to myself,  "Hmmm, that's kind of neat.  Still a little plain, but I'm seeing possibilities.  Wonder if I can bump it up a bit more?"

And here's what I came up with.

This time I used multiple colors of distress ink for the sponging.  The focal was cut out, then edged with a gold leaf pen.  I adhered it to a white piece of cardsock, then matted it with black. Hmm, I'm starting to like this.  Next, I embossed the aqua background piece, and matted that in black, adhered the focal with pop dots, then tied on a bit of gold cording.  Finally, I adhered the whole lot to a white card base, and by golly, I think this has possibilities! 

So, how about you? Do you get excited about a technique, a color combination, or a particular stamp and just experiment with it's possibilities?  Give it a try.  It's fun and who knows, you might come up with an amazing piece of art (or maybe just a nice card, LOL).

Thanks for stopping by.  Have an inspired day.


  1. I love this masking technique. It will be something I play with this weekend when I have some time.

    I know what you mean about not making the same card more than once. I used to be that way. Then I realized I get a lot of enjoyment from design, but if I'm going to cut a sheet of cardstock down to make one card, I feel even more accomplished if I use it up and make 4 or 6.

    I just started following your blog. You make gorgeous cards!

  2. Kathy your cards are beautiful! This masking technique is really nice, love it!

  3. Wow! All of these are great cards - the last one has all the bells and whistles but the first two are just as gorgeous. Thanks for showing a different twist to the mortise masking technique, never thought about fading into the center and letting one edge be clear.

  4. wow Kathy.. these are AWESOME!! I need to try that technique myself. Thanks for sharing ~ Pam