Sunday, August 30, 2015

Turn a Boo-Boo into Something Cool

While playing around with my irregularly-sized watercolor paper cards, I made a boo-boo card. It started with this pretty blue sponged strip and a sentiment about winter, and then I stamped silver snowflakes with Brilliance silver ink...and the ink just disappeared into the rich blue.


That's what I get for not embossing those snowflakes. Take the easy way out, and sometimes you fail.

So I cut off the front of the card, leaving about three inches, planning on using the scraps for other cards, but then this idea just popped into my head, so here you are: a boo-boo turned into something cool.

card size: 7 1/4" x 3 1/2"

The strip on the front was one of the leftover scrap pieces from the giant sheet of watercolor paper, which was trimmed to fit in length only. It's attached to the flap with dimensionals.

The outline leaf image was stamped in Memento cottage ivy. To fill it in, I rubbed two shades of green watercolor crayons on the block stamp, spritz with lots of water, and then stamped. Unfortunately, the greens of my watercolor crayon set don't seem to work so well...the first impression was really light. So after spritzing again and waiting a bit for the water to dissolve the pigment, I stamped again and got a bit better color.

Yay!  I'm giddy!!!

There are no mistakes...only opportunities for embellishment.

A Question
Would it be helpful if I wrote posts on my favorite stamping tools? Inquiring minds and all that.

stamps: Simon Says Stamp One with Nature
ink: Memento cottage ivy, cocoa
paper: Windsor & Newton watercolor paper
accessories: Papertrey twine, SU dimensionals, watercolor crayons, water spritzer


  1. Anything you write is always helpful in one way or another. Totally enjoy your pieces of information, some I already know and others I had forgotten and you reminded me and others are new to me. All are appreciated.

  2. Ah, water color crayons. I have those, probably under a layer of dust. I think your greens look fine together, so yay for the second stamping. Nice save!

  3. I read whatever you write, so no objection from me :)

  4. Cool indeed, another one of those "happy accidents"!


  5. Absolutely! Post away!

  6. I would read the blog posts no matter what!!! Love when a card can be salvaged!!!

  7. Well duh! Of course I want to see your fav tools. I am still waiting to see how you use your quilters ruler [ which I bought, and now its collecting dust! lol]... just sayin.

  8. Always fun to hear what tools you like best...I'll be waiting!

  9. I agree with the others... I gain something from most everything you write :-)

  10. Count me a consumer of anything you write! Love your style, love your wit, love your knowledge, love your heart!
    Lu C


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