Monthly Archives: June 2017

Lessons learned

Today I took some time to make a card for my niece, who is graduating from middle school. I recently found one of the Joann exclusive Mama Elephant stamps, and since it was on sale, I snagged it. 🙂

So here is my card:

The inside:

I loved the way the unicorns and rainbow came out (see the beautiful sparkle? Love my clear Spectrum Noir sparkle marker!):

Things I would do differently next time:

  1. Add the sentiment first. As you can probably see on the inside, there is a shiny streak on the pink glitter paper that looks like it’s been melted. This is because it was melted. 😣 I added the sentiment last, and the embossing powder was flying away, so I heated it from behind. Unfortunately, this melted the glitter paper.
  2. Skip the glitter for the shaker portion. The whole point of this design was to be see-through, so you can see the unicorn from the outside. Because of the glitter you can hardly see the other shaker bits, let alone the inside. I want to say that I regret adding glitter to any shaker cards, about 75% of the time. So don’t do it!
  3. Skip the ink spray on the inside. Again, the design was meant to have the inside visible even when the card is closed. I thought the white background was a little bit too plain so I wanted to add some color. Unfortunately, spray inks are unpredictable, and I honestly don’t like anything about it – color placement, etc. 😣 
  4. Most importantly, plan ahead! I knew that I would need to cover up the inside panel (to cover the shaker portion). However, I didn’t think to die cut the window before I adhered the shaker part (with very strong adhesive), so I had to eyeball it. Hence the very wonky placement of the glitter paper. Actually all of these issues could probably have been prevented if I could just plan ahead. 😅

Funny story, I added enamel accents to the unicorns’ eyes. I accidentally smeared the one on the inside, but it kind of looked like eyelashes, so I kept it. Happy accident~

    #latenightcrafting #nomistakesjustlessons 

    Other products: Versamark inkStampendous detail white embossing powderJane Davenport Mermaid MakersJane Davenport Watercolor – BrightsAkashiya Sai Watercolor Markers, Copic Spica Pens (Set A and Set B), Ranger Enamel Accents (black), various watercolor pencils