Today I have a confession to share with you… I LOVE drawing the images for my stamps. I LOVE stamping and coloring them too. But when it comes to crafting with them I am stumped. I have never considered myself a great card maker. For years I have blogged and sharing all types of projects, some really elaborate and packed full of product and technique. I can get lost for hours in a mixed media project. But given an assignment to make a card I am likely to stand and my work table just staring at the supplies not knowing where to start. I don’t know why that is.
When I look at cards from others, I tend to really like clean and relatively simple cards. If I try to work that way, I find myself thinking I haven’t done enough. If I add more, it feels like too much. Now that I am designing a line of stamps that work really well for cards, I find myself wanting and needing to make cards more often. I have never really been a cute or clean crafter, but as an illustrator, I lean towards cute. The struggle for me is finding a way to marry the two and discover who I am as a card maker.
Last night I was at my work table looking at the finished coloring piece of my new Merry Christmas stamp. I laid out the basics of the card shown above. And then I stood there. Was it enough? Would you all visit my blog and think it wasn’t very interesting or inspirational? Would you all be disappointed in something so simple and disappointed in me that I didn’t do more?
You should know, I am a major overthinker. I’d like to call it my super power, but my husband disagrees.
After I stood and thought about the card for a really (REALLY) long time I found myself wondering why I wasn’t ok with simple. Not every project needs to use a little of everything I own. Maybe simple was just what was needed to let the stamped design shine. Sometimes less is more and I am going to learn to be ok with that. And surely, there are readers who come here that will sometimes appreciate something a little simpler and lighter. I hope.
Please know, I am not complaining in any way, I love what I do and wake up grateful every day. When I was a girl I dreamed of growing up and being a writer and an illustrator. Getting to draw these stamps is truly a lifelong dream come true. But in the spirit of full disclosure, I want you know that we all have creative road blocks. It is funny I think how sometimes we take something that should be relaxing and enjoyable like crafting and make it complicated.
To make this card, I stamped my NEW Merry Christmas image on Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White using Memento’s Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored the image using assorted Copic Markers. I added some shimmer with a Zig Wink of Stella Brush Pen in Clear (which is nearly impossible to photograph). I cut the colored piece to 4 1/4″ x 3″ and brushed the edges lightly with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
The stamped piece is matted on a piece of Tim Holtz Metallic Core’dinations cardstock cut to 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.
The next layer is a piece of vellum cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″. The edges are also brushed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
The pattern paper layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″. It is from the Tim Holtz Yuletide 8×8 Paper Stash. It has also been lightly inked along the edges.
The natural colored cardstock is 4 1/4″ x 11″. It is folded in half to create a side fold card. The edges have all been lightly inked.
I hope you don’t mind the rambling today. It is good sometimes to let a little of my thoughts out. (wink)
Be sure to ask your favorite local or online store to see if they will be getting the collection. It is also available online in Spellbinder’s online shop. I will be back tomorrow with another project from the collection. I hope you will check it out!