What a Trainwreck

Have you ever received an email from a demonstrator telling you to join them live because they were going to show you an EASY way to make 5 fabulous cards? Well, don't believe them lol! That's what happened to me this week when I did join them live and tried to implement the technique they were teaching only to end up wreaking havoc in my craft room for a couple of hours! I don't give up easy, so all was not lost when I ended up with the cards I'm posting here today -- they are just not anything like the technique she was sharing, but I do really like them!

Believe it or not, the technique was a lovely white-wash on craft and dark-colored cardstock using our Whisper White ink. First of all, she used our White Blender Pen which I don't own yet. But that was ok because she kept talking about how the glycerine in the pen was helping her pull the white ink around the image on the card stock. Well, I had a marker that looked like her blender pen and I had some glycerine from my days of trying alcohol ink on photo paper, so I dabbed my stamping block in the white ink pad and poured some glycerine on another block, and proceeded to make a big mess...3 times of starting over using the same method trying to get different results (Alcoholics Anonymous dubbs that insanity!)

What my willingness to give this technique a try did do for me was force me to use a stamp set I didn't particularly care for that I received free for participating in Stampin' Up!'s On Tour event. All demonstrators who participated received one of three stamp sets, and I was praying for the Bottled Happiness set because it was on my list to purchase. But of course, I didn't receive that one and received Uniquely Artistic instead. I was bummed and pouting and just wasn't even going to pay that stamp set any attention. Low and behold that's the image she started with so reluctantly, so did I. On my third attempt, I thought maybe heat embossing the image would help me stay in line better and not get so much white on the image that you couldn't even tell it had any lines in it. I even went about that the hard way by using the Evening Evergreen ink to stamp the image then using Versamark ink to stamp over the image and heat set clear embossing powder on it. It just looked like I used black embossing powder, but I proceeded to lay down the white ink and I didn't love it. What I did love was the look of that image with the embossing powder so I abandoned the whitewash technique altogether and used Versamark ink with black embossing powder on white card stock and the beautiful new Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper. I had considered dropping that DSP from my paper share because I already had a lot of black and white DSP from Sale-abration a while back. I'm so glad I didn't though, because the backside made a perfect backdrop for these images.

Here's the image from her technique that I was able to salvage and referred to above where I stamped in Evening Evergreen and Versamark then heat embossed with clear embossing powder and applied white ink for a whitewash effect. I made a pretty card from it after all.

Happy stamping everyone!