Sunday, March 23, 2014

Perfectionism Kills the Cat

From time to time, I go out and seek challenges to keep me inspired. The one that I usually go is the PPA Challenge at Pals Paper Arts. I was looking forward to this one since I thought I had enough time to come up with an idea then put it together before the deadline.

The PPA 195 Color Challenge consisted of putting together the three colors below:

I'm not a "spring-y" kind of gal so this is truly a challenge for me. I whipped out my Too Kind stamp set and envisioned watercoloring in my head.

On watercolor paper, I first stamp the inside flowers with Rose Red and applied Versa Mark on the big flower heads before coating them with clear embossing powder. Then with the three colors above, I watercolored the background until the flowers popped up in white. The effects are amazing! I then applied French Script (retired) on top of it. The stems and leaves are hand-drawn in Wild Wasabi marker and the veins are drawn in White Chalk pen.
The bottom panel is created with the new Hardwood background stamp in So Saffron. I haven't used any of the "new" background stamps since my return last year. I cannot believe I let it go that long. The impression this stamp makes is just rich! I will be exploring more of these stamps in my future projects, that's for sure.
I adorned the card with Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon and finished it off with pearls.
So the burning question is why didn't I upload it for the challenge. Well, the simple answer is I really didn't like the first outcome. Originally, I cut the watercolored image with the apothecary thin lit die. It had the vintage look but thought it didn't go well with the hardwood background. So I sat on it for a while and played around until the new design came about. So much happier with this but it's too bad I missed the challenge. Yes, my perfectionism is both a gift and a curse at the same time.

 Happy Stamping!

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