Thursday, April 17, 2014

Outside the Box - It is Spring

I call this card OUTSIDE THE BOX -IT IS SPRING. I have been stamping and making cards for almost 20 years.  Creating is one of my passions. I made a card last week that I really liked.I posted it on Splitcoast Stampers.  Someone left me a comment on that card, about my "signature look". As I thought about that comment, I realized it was really a statement about how I was getting into a rut. So today I decided to make a card and to try to do lots of new things and to try and make it different from other cards that I have made recently. 

My biggest step outside my comfort zone was to make a card that for the most part is flat. I love making dimensional cards.(the kind that cost a lot to mail) I don't remember the last time I made a card that I didn't cut the butterflies out and have them looking like they just landed on the paper. 
How I made this card. I took an encyclopedia page. I glued some sheet music to the top and bottom. I printed a scripture (Song of Solomon 2-10-13)  and glued that to the page. I stamped flourishes. I also stamped two butterflies and cut them out and glued them down.( I quickly cut them and this left a little bit of a halo-something I would do different next time.) Then I scanned the page with the elements using my computer and I shrank it to fit on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card I printed it on plain white cardstock.

I watercolored the background and  the butterflies. I stamped the flowers . The flowers are mostly a silhouette so I took white paint and went over the flowers. Then I added color over the white. I used stamps to add the "hello" and "spring". I added highlights with a white colored pencil. I matted the card with a piece of black cardstock. I used deckle edges scissors. I went over the edges with the white colored pencil to look kinda like chalk on a chalk board. 

When was the last time you tried something NEW or DIFFERENT?  Maybe today is the day to do that.



  1. Oh, my goodness Marilyn, this is incredible! You in a rut? I can't imagine. But what a way to step outside your comfort zone. A great challenge for everyone of us. Love it!

  2. What an amazing card !!! I just bought some Tim Holtz tissue wrap -Terminology- that looks like your encyclopedia background... Will have to try your idea.. Maybe even get out my Gelatos and come out of my comfort zone...