Reverse Stenciling Sympathy Card

I wanted to try the reverse stenciling card on the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #253.

I thought it would be easy.

I was wrong.

I started with the Hero Arts Bold Floral stencil.  In my mind it would be a beautiful background of floral prints with some special floral arrangements on top.

The angels would sing to the glory of my creation!   It looked horrible.  I should have taken a before shot.  Really, it was bad.

I picture the angels walking away, wings drooping, heads shaking in disappointment.

It looked blotchy and sad against the white background.  So I decided to ink over the whole card front hoping to make everything blend together.

Now it look like a blotchy card with ink on it.

Big Sigh!

I finally blended ink making sure I was color matching each flower.  OK now it looked better.  Then I water spritzed it.   Much better.  Used a border die to tidy up the edges.  Even better.

I stamped out some florals.   Egads.  They looked horrible on the card.  I tried every trick in the book.  I finally die cut a Papertrey Swirly pattern in a copper shine paper and I really liked it.

The florals still looked horrible.

I ditched the florals and did a Boutique Border and embossed it in a copper/bronze powder.  Ok, that looked better.

I finally put it all together and called it a day.


Days it took to design and re-design the card – 4 days

Number of die cuts not used in the card: 8

Hours of frustration and thinking about the card: 16

Number of Angels smiling at my final creation: Priceless

golden sympathy

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