Do you have finished cards that you’ve never given to anyone because there was something about them that you didn’t like, but you couldn’t figure out what it was or how to fix it? I have boxes full of just such cards. One of my goals is to decrease the number of cards in those boxes. Today I’ve managed to decrease that number by three.
With this first card, no matter what image I put on it, it would get lost with all the background stamping. I even added a red ribbon accent to try and get the thing to “pop”. Here is how it has been sitting in my craft room for years! I can tell because it was clear back in the days when I stamped my own backgrounds instead of using patterned papers (and generally only made card fronts that were added to card bases when needed.)
Aha! The card was popping with the ribbon, but that was doing nothing to help to pop the image. Voila! Add some red behind the image as well.
Love this holly image from SU’s Bells & Boughs set!
Here is another oldie-goldie-background stamped card (July 2006) that was about as blah as they come. The red didn’t do much to pop anything this time.
My solution was to add another color entirely. This is such an odd color scheme, but I think it worked to bring some life to this golden coma.
This final card (front) (August 2006) was actually one that I loved but wasn’t thrilled with my coloring on the sailboats. So couldn’t bring myself to give it away.
But now I have COPICS!!!!
Moral to the story? NEVER give up!! That’s three cards that are now ready to give away. Just have 300+ more to go! lol