Monday, May 28, 2007

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

I haven't been blogging much this holiday weekend, because I've been busy making cards ! On Saturday, I spent a good deal of time coloring the new images from Cornish Heritage Farms. Sunday evening was spent assembling cards. At one point I realized it was time to give up and go to bed when I made an inside out card and an ugly card. The main image in all these card is Single Cone Flower ( Cat Dancing Designs/Cornish Heritage Farms).

Here is The Bad or "my bad" from the title of this post. I print my signature and contact info on the back of my cards. I guess I picked this one up when I was exhausted and turned it inside out.

The Good:

But before that happened I managed to crank out a couple that I did like. This one started out to satisfy this Thursday Throwdown Challenge I read about on Stamping When I Can.
I tried twice with this sketch and couldn't quite follow the directions. I couldn't bear to cover up all the coloring I did. I have one more background stamped to try the challenge. I think I'll temporarily place the piece that will go over the colored background and not color the areas that will be covered up. I'll let you know if that how that turns out...
Additional stamps: Birthdays Happen from Hambo Stamps
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Prismacolor Pencils

Here is another with the same image. One of the many things I love about Prismacolor pencils is that the colors look so beautiful and vibrant on dark paper. Hope is from Hambo Stamps. I stamped this image in white pigment ink on dark brown (SU's Chocolate Chip) cardstock. The background was an open weave stamp from All Night Media stamped with Creamy Caramel ink.

And now for the Ugly:
I can't even bring myself to post a large picture... First of all, I'm not satisfied with the coloring on either of the dark ones. I have to reorient the highlights for dark paper and I didn't figure that out yet fot these two. I should have colored it on white first. Anyhow, I thought that using the green would look nice with the brown image. I didn't like it at first so I started adding stuff. I gave up on it and decided that if I didn't like it in the morning, it was going into the trash can. I wondered what other stampers did with cards that didn't work for them so I posted the question on Gingerwood and got some great ideas.

1) set it aside and reevaluate later
2) send it to a friend and let her figure it out
3) donate it to the kids

I put it in a spot so that I would see it first thing this morning. I immediately realized that the green had to go.

And here is the new version of the ugly card.
All paper and cardstock is SU. Word Window Punch and a regular Circle punch was used for the accents. Ink is Brilliance Graphite Black and the edges were inked with a light Fresco ink. The Joy is from The Stamping Studio


Allison said...

I think these look great...stop being so hard on yourself!

Denise Ranio said...

I agree with Allison, all the cards are GREAT!

Thanks for sharing.


KardKrazy said...

Well I totally love the brown and purple Hope card. Your coloring is striking. I also really like new and improved Joy card and what you did with the tabs. Great re-do!

Cindy H. said...

Well, I also love them all. I also love that neat trick of stamping "Joy" in dark and light inks - verrrry cool!