It's Not All Black and White

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hitting the Creative Wall

What do you think is the one most asked question in the paper crafting world? I'm pretty sure it has got to be, What do I do to get the creative juices flowing again? Otherwise known as the dreaded SLUMP.

Well, my schedule had been quite busy with some deadlines quickly approaching, and I had hit the creative wall. Rather than stare at my stamps and ink any longer, I made a cup of tea and pulled out my pencil and ruler. Yep, a ruler, I do not draw well. Before long I had doodled out this sketch. From there, the card pretty much fell together. So, if you're stuck, try it from a different approach.

I stamped the sentiment, stars and swirls with Timber Brown StazOn (so that I could watercolor over them without smearing). Then I did just that...water colored with sage shadow, ruby red, and so saffron inks. Sponge the edges with chocolate chip ink. And the strip of stars also got lots of dots with the pen tip of a chocolate chip marker. With all of the papers from the Wanted line by Cosmo Cricket (on sale at Verve, by the way), I rubbed the edges along the Timber Brown StazOn pad. The little red photo corner tab is a punched circle, cut in half, then folded over the corner.

What's In It?
Stamps: Seeing Stars(Verve Visual)
Paper: Wanted(Cosmo Cricket); Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, So Saffron, Sage Shadow (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Brads (Creating Keepsakes); circle punch (EK Success); Coluzzle, dimensionals, sponge dauber, aquapainter


Alhambra Club said...

This is awesome, love the background

Amy said...

oh, oh, oh, oh, I love this card! It's stunning Bethany! I'd say your creative slump is over baby!!!


Dawn Easton said...

Love this Bethany! Great colours and DP...I think you definitely have your creative juices flowing again!! Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic card!

Melissa said...

Excellent idea Bethany! And it worked because this is fabulous!

Many Blessings,

Allison Rankin said...

Terrific card Bethany...I don't see no stinkin' slump here!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

I just LOVE this Bethany! Just beautiful!

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

Wow...I so love this layout...As always your work is terrific!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love your layout and that wonderful circle corner!

Hugs and smiles

Tina said...

Awesome card; the circle corner is ingenious!

Rose Ann said...

No slump....just gorgeousness (Is that a word?) Love this, Bethany!!