Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 6, 2011: Angel Card Fiasco

Pin It Now! Someone recently told me that I made cardmaking look so easy. I'm glad I do, but the reality is...it's not always easy! So, I thought I would share a creative process not long ago that was more like a fiasco. :)

Recently I was asked to create an angel card on commission. My first thought was Uh, Oh! I don't have a single angel stamp, sticker or embellishment (Stampin' Up! or otherwise). Angels - really not my thing. And it was a rush.

I made a frantic stop at my local craft store hoping to find an angel sticker or embellishment, and they didn't have a single one. What?!?!? I thought angels were popular, but apparently not! Not even in the brand new Christmas sticker section could I find a single angel. I finally found one...a brilliant blue foam and glitter creation about 1/2" tall. Crafty though I am, I couldn't possibly think of one way THAT was going to help me out. I went home empty handed. Time lost: 45 minutes of searching.

I vaguely remembered having seen a sheet of digital angel images on Etsy. I had purchased some floral ones a while back and I remember they e-mailed me the download link in about 10 minutes. So I went home and started searching on Etsy - there are thousands of angel images...score!!! Wait. Many of these angels were, to quote my little niece, nakey-nakey. As in very nakey-nakey. In fact, not just cherubish...some were almost soft porn-like. I cannot possibly sell a card with one of these images! Really, I would be wayyy to embarrassed. :)

I finally sound some not so nakey-nakey...but very Christmassy. Or funeraly. Or Eastery. Or Valentiney. The sentiments were the killer! Suddenly nakey-nakey was looking a little more attractive. Time lost: 2 hours of searching.

Ultimately, I did find a suitable digital download, as you can see. The download didn't arrive until the following morning (I suppose Etsy vendors are allowed to sleep after all). ;D So I ended up creating this card and praying the download would arrive before I left for work so I could just plug it in.

I chose a very clean Very Vanilla base embossed with the Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and added a bow of Crumb Cake Seam Binding. I love the way it gleams! It's shiny like satin but drapes like silk and looks so expensive. Love it!

My tag is the Wide Oval Punch in Very Vanilla stamped with "Thanks so Much" from Sincere Salutations in Marina Mist. I also used a Sponge Dauber with Marina Mist on the edges. I like the clean look of a tag in the same color as the base, but you have to do something to keep it from blending in!

My frame is the new Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in Marina Mist, which I carefully cut out, Fortunately, the digital image printed the perfect size and mounted right on top!

Total time: Too embarrassing to admit. All that for a card! So to all of you who think I make it look easy...even my hubby said I should have just tried Hallmark!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That was a lot of looking....
    Similar thing happened to me . On one of my scrapbook pages for the Fair (heritage page) I needed a dress form, didn't own a stamp, looked all over town looked on line finally I realized my grandma in the pic was wearing a pearl necklace so I strung pearls to look like a necklace and added that.What us crafters will do... Very nice card Elin! Love the embossed background.


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