Going for the Gold

One of the things I enjoy about creating is that you seldom know exactly how things are going to turn out.  How often do we get to enjoy a surprise these days?  We have so much information at our fingertips that we can find out most anything.  Not so with creating.  I love that everyday as I create, the final product is a surprise.  Sometimes bigger, sometimes better — but always a surprise to some degree.  Usually I start out with an idea.

Today, the idea was to use Happy Watercolor and a combination of four intense shades of ink.  Well, I began stamping and here’s what happened.


Gold Happy Watercolor by theartfulinker.com





My spacing was off (I should have used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig) so I ended up with three shades – Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Strawberry Slush and the need to change the size of my card.  After quickly trimming what had become the excess, I reevaluated how I had planned to make the flowers.  Instead of stamping on Whisper White, I decided to heat emboss with Gold on Vellum.  Next came cutting out the flowers and placing them on my watercolor blotches.  I thought they would be better on Stampin’ Dimensionals which meant adding something to the center of the flowers so that the dimensional wouldn’t show through.  For the flower centers I used gold sequins that I had removed from the Gold Sequin Trim.  The next change in plans was the addition of a strip of Gold Sequin Trim to the bottom edge of the card.  I thought I was going to use a few loose sequins across the face of the card but that didn’t work.  Glue Dots are definitely the adhesive of choice for attaching sequins.  The final surprise was the piece of Retro Fresh washi tape.  That had been no where in my original plans but definitely pulled the whole look together.

So what’s my point?  Don’t get too tied to the original plan by adhering everything too soon.  Let the surprises  happen!!

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