Friday, 3 June 2016
Simon Says: Mask It
When I saw that the Wednesday Challenge, over at the Simon Says Stamp blog, was masking, and that Altenew products were being showcased this week, I knew I had to play along. I've had the Altenew Vintage Roses set since the beginning of the year, but I've never used it except on its matching die cuts. I think this is one of the most gorgeous stamp sets ever made, but it's not easy. At all. Combine that with masking, my least favourite technique, and I can honestly compare it to reading (or writing!!!) War and Peace. I used masks, both fussy cut ones and post-it notes, for my project. I've never had any success with masking fluids, though I've tried several different "recommended" brands.
I decided to challenge myself and try to duplicate one of the flower arrangements on the Altenew packaging for this set. It only took me 4 days to stamp and I was stressed the entire time :) I made loads of mistakes but decided to post my card anyway, no Photoshop used, so all the boo-boos are here for everyone to see. By the time I finished stamping I only had enough energy left to add a die cut word (from Mama Elephant).
One of the tricky things about stamping directly on a card base is that you don't have a lot of room to change things up. I had originally intended for my A2 card to be vertical, with the stamped flowers in the upper right hand corner, but then I just couldn't seem to finish it up in that orientation. If I had known from the beginning that the card would be horizontal, I would have laid out my flowers a bit differently. But there you have it and truth be told I'm surprised that I did this well :)