Thanks so much for the comments on my last post, where I expressed frustration with my stamping. Read them, pondered, and eventually settled on a new-for-now approach. I'm calling is ReDesign on a Dime (sounds like a HGTV show, doesn't it?).
It marries my limited design skills and budget with my desire to stamp. I take something another stamper has made and make it with my own supplies.
Today I took this card made by the so fun and talented superstar Laura Bassen. It is intimidating to put her card next to mine, but Laura graciously agreed so here goes!
Isn't Laura's card gorgeous? Loved the colors and the gray triangles on the background. If you look closely, you'll see that Laura wrapped some white twine under the popped up flowers.
My ReDesign on a Dime Process:
1. I have one floral outline set with single flowers big enough for this design. (How did that happen??) Colored the flowers with Copics, hand cut, and edged with Ranger Distress inks.
2. Since I did not have a background like Laura's and don't have pale gray ink, I substituted some patterned paper.
3. I did not wrap any twine under my flowers because I would have made a hot mess.
4. Added the exclamation point by hand because the sentiment was not centered. Looks better in person!
Thanks to Laura for her talent! Laura's card is better and here's why -- the green leaves are darker and provide more contrast. She clustered her flowers closer together, which works to form a better focal point. Plus, her flowers have same colored centers to pull them together. And, the gray and white background is lighter and trendy.
But, I didn't spend any money buying new things to make this card and it was much easier to have Laura's card as a model and I learned a few things. A win!
MOOD WHEN DONE = Intimidated but Happy!
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo, Ranger Distress
Paper: Base card is white Recollections; patterned paper is unknown
Other: Copics, adhesive, dimensionals