Can you think of a time when you weren’t satisfied with your results but couldn’t change them? The card for today features a silhouette of a person that I stamped in the wrong place. I didn’t want the flowers to cover their feet or legs, but it ended up looking like they were just floating in the air. I suppose I could have just started over on the other side of the paper (something I frequently do when I make a mistake), but I just decided to try to fix it. Enter my husband who, himself, is an artist. Here’s the finished card:
My husband used a program called Unity to show me how objects relate to each other and the horizon, and I knew that my person was just in the wrong place. He suggested adding a shadow to help them look grounded, and I think it did the trick. So now you know what went wrong with the card, let me show you how I got to that point.
The background for this card was done by sponging. Wednesday I was using sponge daubers, but today I was using just regular sponges. They come in a package of three, and I usually cut them into six wedges.
Once I have them cut into wedges, I need a way to easily identify the color as it’s not always easy to tell from the ink on the bottom. I use an old, retired punch called the Decorative Label to punch a grip for my fingers in the color I plan to use. I also write the name of the color on the label, then staple it to the top of the sponge. Today’s card features a new color called Granny Apple Green. One of the ways I try to save a little paper is by seeing if there is a scrap of paper I can use for the label punch, or by using part of my project. See below.
Once I covered it with the white paper, you’d never know I used a bit of it for the sponge. The trick to sponging is to make sue you move in circles, not back and forth. If you only go back and forth, you’ll get something like this:
You can see where I would stop going one direction and start going another – that’s what those dark patches are. By going in circles, you get a much smoother coverage.
The stamp set I used is called Enjoy Life and it is photopolymer; completely see-through. I was curious how black ink would effect my stamp set, so I took before and after pictures. I used the Basic Black ink and cleaned the stamp immediately after using it. It did still get stained, however that does not affect the quality of the image in the least.
The image on the left was my stamp before inking it for the first time, and the image on the right is after the first time it was cleaned. As you can see, some of the ink stained the stamp. Oh well. It’ll be that much easier to find if I happen to drop it!
I hope you can see how a mistake (like stamping in the wrong spot) doesn’t mean you can’t still use your card. There are always chances to be creative. Now that you’ve seen it, you can do it, too! If you’d like to order products, schedule a class, or buy some cards, please let me know.
I just realized that Basic Black ink is no longer available, but I believe you can use Momento ink on your photopolymer pants. I hope you have a good day!