Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bleaching and Blunders

Well, I almost think that today I should have just left the crafting things in their drawers and done something else instead, but I didn't. I finally got a card that was fairly good looking so I will post it. On this card I used a new stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Springtime Baskets. And, a chevron cover-up die was also a new item that finally got used.

First of all when I stamped the design in black pigment ink it did not seem to emboss like I wanted it to. But I did that again and the second time around it was some better. And when I applied the bleach it only made the blue lighter in color and not white like I had hoped but I it was still light enough so that I could color in the image. First I tried colored pencils and they looked terrible. So I then went over them with some Tombow markers. On the basket however all I did was color over the bleached light blue with some white colored pencil to make it a bit more white looking.

So now it came to the use of my brand new cover die that I got from Die-Namics which I was so excited to use. The first die cutting was a total flop, as was the second. Both were done with white which I really wanted the cover die cut to be but I finally worked with a more golden rod colored card stock and got it to cut through fairly well. And, where it did not cut as well I covered it up with my design.

I was not quite sure what to do with the bleached basket design but at the last resort decided to die cut it with a scalloped die and then add a layer of darker pink behind it. These in turn were laid onto a circle die cut of the blue card stock.

The sentiment was stamped in pink ink on white card stock and then layered onto a layer of blue which was cut with a scalloped scissors. This was then added to a darker pink layer.

I finally got the card assembled then and it was ready to photograph. After repeated tries to get a good photo I finally got one that was suitable. It just seemed the blunders with this card went on and on today. LOL But it is what it is.

Dies used:
Die-Namics MFT-930 Split Chevron Cover Up
Cheery Lynn Designs XM5 XM Scalloped Circle
Cheery Lynn Designs XL-4 Circle-Classics

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Mod Squad Challenge-Use Bleach
Double D-Think Spring
Dies R Us-Something New

Well, I hope your day is going better then mine. Tomorrow is a doctor visit day for a check up and it is out of our immediate area so I won't be doing card making at all. Maybe I need a break anyway after today. LOL Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comments.

God bless,


Darlene said...

Don't feel badly Verna ... I've had the same type of day and it started when we went to breakfast to find our regular waitress was off sick and the girl who waited on us had an 'attitude' ... uugh! lol
Anyways ... your card is adorable and I'm glad you persevered!
Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Think Spring’ challenge as well as the 'Something New' challenge at Dies R Us! We hope you’ll come back often.

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laurie said...

Well, despite all your issues, it turned out awesome! That basket is cute as can be!But I know what you mean, some days things just don't go the way you had planned. Hope you have a great rest of the week:)

Unknown said...

Oh don't you just hate days like this? BUT you crafted through it all and came up with this beauty! I would never had known any of your problems! Love your Easter card, I think it's beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, Donna, DT member.

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my dear, I think we have all had days like that. But I'm glad you persevered because your card is lovely. I think your technique turned out beautifully. I just got that stamp set and can't wait to use it, thanks for the inspiration. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at the Mod Squad!!!

Donna Ellis said...

I hear you about a bad crafting day! I actually messed up a stencil, and ended up trashing the 2-day project, the torn stencil, and creating a huge mess in the process! Your bleach project looks fantastic! Nice recovery! LOL wishing you a lovely day! XOXO

Kathy Krug said...

Everyone has days like that, and you still got a card from all your efforts. When I have days like that I always tell myself that I am learning from my mistakes. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D. It is always a joy to see your cards in the gallery.

Downsouth said...

Well Verna, this had to be a disastrous day for you; I know how it feels when everything you try to do turns out wrong. I just opened a bill from our city and they claim I paid a much lower payment last month than I did. However, I looked at my checkbook and it said that I paid what I was supposed to pay. Then I got my bank statement out and that verified it was the right amount, too. So now I have to call the place and probably have to go to the bank tomorrow about it. Ever since Rob died something has gone wrong almost everyday. At least you turned out a great Easter card after going through all that grief. I hope I'm that lucky; it is not what I planned to do tomorrow. I know when I play with bleach on cardstock, I never know what color is going to come up; I think it totally depends on the makeup of the cardstock. I've had weird colors show up when I used bleach, but your basket looks like you meant it to be that color and it is so pretty, better than white like you wanted. I can see why the die that you cut didn't turn out great because it has so much open space between all the actual lines. I'm surprised you got it to cut that well. All and all, it is a great card,so all your trouble wasn't wasted.

Diane said...

I had a good laugh when I read your post, I have had days like that (more often then not, you should of seen the little 3D daffodils I was trying to make...wadded up and tossed in a fit of! Anyhow I think you card is beautiful and full of springtime color and so very pretty! I use a 'shim' most of the time to get my dies to cut correct, some are more tricky then others. Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
Diane DD DT

Barbara said...

You made me chuckle this morning. Some days, you should just stay in bed, if you only could. But you still got a card and it was all fine.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Glad you persisted. You would never know from the end result that you had all the trouble! Bleaching can be so finicky sometimes. I always get other results than I was hoping for. Some cardstock play well with it - others hardly change a bit. Anyway, I think your's came out just fine. Especially like the color of the basket.

Barbara said...

Such a pretty and colorful card, Verna! Thank you for participating in our challenge from Dies R Us!

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Joyce Erb said...

LOL, what a struggle but in the end you got it to look good:-) For your intricut die, do you have a Big Shot or Sizzix? If so the Precision Base plate is awesome!

Peanut said...

Despite the rocky start, it turned out great! I have that stamp by Claire from her Waltzingmouse days. Love the card, Verna.
x Asha

KT Fit Kitty said...

That sounds like you definitely had a bad day! I'm glad you persevered because your card turned out beautifully! I think we've all had days like that - I certainly have!

Unknown said...

Wow. Glad you did finish it. Looks great and love the background die accent.
Sounds like you were having one of the good old Irish "murphy" days.

Amelia Breytenbach said...

So beautiful in every way, although you had a bad day. Lovely image, color and design detail. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

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