Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Fruitful Silliness (edited)
There's a story behind this card. If you like pear images, don't read this post. You have been warned.
I'm not a fan of pear stamps. I know, what is WRONG with me? When I first started stamping, I was on dial-up and had no patience for looking up inspiration online. The only stamp magazines the Borders in Rapid City carried were Stampington's first (whatever it was/is called), Rubber Stamper, and Rubberstamp Madness. After a year of soaking up each issue, I developed a deep and abiding dislike for four things: the color brown, paper doll images, jesters, and pears. Those of you who prefer crisp, clean cards know exactly what I'm talkin' about, don't you?
If you really love pears and don't want anything to interfere with that love, REALLY don't read this paragraph. Just skip to the next paragraph. In medieval literature, pears symbolize the male anatomy. Yep, every time I see a pear image, I see, well, you know.... StampinUp has a particularly disturbing pear on page 113 in its current catalog. If you own that catty, shall I wait until you have looked it up so you can be disturbed, too?
Are you back yet? Okay. English majors have really dirty minds. You can read more about my dirty English-major mind HERE if you want. Or not.
When I bought Papertrey's Fruitful set, it definitely wasn't for the pears. It was for the citrus slices. And the berries. And the grape clusters. And the peaches. I can control my thoughts with these fruits. Most of the time.
So as I challenged myself to use every stamp in that set on a card, I left the pears for last. I used the big pear on an okay card just to say I had used it. It's stamped on a punched circle and if you're reading this, you might guess where that visual prompted my brain to go....
All that remained was the little pear. After banging my head on my table for a few minutes, I decided to make a VERY untraditional pear card. Of course, I like right angles and almost never deliberately make stuff crooked, but when I realized this particular sentiment (from Hero Arts) fit inside the square, I just had to make those rainbow pears laugh and giggle.
I hope you're laughing and giggling, too. Otherwise, you're trying to find me so you can pummel me with a bushel of pears for forever ruining them for you.
cardstock: PTI white
stamps: PTI Fruitful, Hero Arts sentiment
ink: SU classic bold brights
accessories: dimensionals, square punch