This was one of the cards that I created as part of the online event I attended recently. For this card I used different supplies than the original designs from the presenter. One of the cool things about this event is that the leaders provide 3 different samples for each project so you get a feel for how different it can look with different colors, stamps and embellishments. As I planned my version of the cards I looked at my stamps to find something that has similar dimensions and my patterned papers for color inspiration. For the most part I really liked how my projects turned out. However, I have to say that I don’t love this one as much. I’m not quite sure what makes me feel that way. The stamped greeting kind of gets lost on the front, and the stamped flowers don’t seem to stand out as much as I hoped. I think that perhaps the issue is the stenciled background that I did behind the flowers. Another possibility is that the patterned papers are a little too busy and are distracting. Do I hate my card? No. Will I use it? Yes. It just isn’t my favorite of all of the cards that I made during the event. And I may try the layout in the future to see if I can fall in love with it.

This picture shows the inside of the card with the gate fold opened. I actually like this part better than the front, which adds strength to my thought that it’s the stenciling that I’m not loving.

This card has multiple layers. First there is a flat background that has three layers.

  • Moody Mauve: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Basic White: 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Moody Mauve patterned paper: 5″ x 3 3/4″

The other layer is the gate fold section:

  • Basic White: 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, scored at 1 3/8″, 2 1/2″, 4 3/4″ and 5 7/8″
  • Multi color drip patterned paper: 5″ x 1 1/8″ (2 pieces)
  • Basic White (image layer): 4 3/4″ x 2″

I encourage you to try one of these cards yourself. And I hope that my story helps you realize that all of us have projects that we feel “meh” about. It’s not a failure – it’s an opportunity to learn what you like. And think about ways to experiment when you try again. Creativity isn’t about getting it perfect the first time; it’s about the journey, experimenting and enjoying the creative process.

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