Ninety-nine percent of the time, my decision to eschew dies and die cutters fills me with minimalist satisfaction, for I know without a doubt my need to have EVERY DIE OUT THERE to justify the cost of whichever die-cut machine I purchased would exceed rational, healthy boundaries.
But one percent of the time, this decision makes me blue.
This one-percent blue was sparked by seeing a number of cards on Pinterest that use dies to cut out a wide range of interesting shapes so a pretty background can show through. While I'm able to achieve the look of this technique with punches, it's neither easy nor entirely satisfying.
Punches just don't give a stamper the range to reach all over a panel...even a small panel like this. The negative of the punched shape must stay near the edge of the panel. Martha Stewart makes some "anywhere" punches, but I've not purchased them because they are a dozen more things to buy.
My blue background was stamped with a variety of splatter stamps in three shades of blue. Those blues do make me so very, very happy.
Tomorrow, I'll have recovered from my moody blues, but today, I'm feeling a tinge of regret for my minimalism.
But the blues sure are pretty in the negative space of that butterfly, aren't they?
And a 99 is still an A+. I'm happy with that grade!
How do you feel about the supplies you've chosen not to buy? Where do you draw the line? Do you draw a line!?!
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
stamps: Papertrey (sentiment) and various splatter stamps
ink: various dye inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, square punches, dimensionals