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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Why do I keep leaving things to the last minute?

I did promise myself that I would not leave things to the last minute this year.  Failure already.  The images on these cards are both from the Crafters Companion Flower Fairies series of CDs.  I did not want to use the rather fussy backing paper, nor did I want them on a plain white background.  So my solution was to make a wrap for the card, and brayer and sponge a background, using Adirondacks.  

The first one is the Almond Fairy - both cards are decoupage, shaped and then glued with Pinflair Glue Gel.  I added a little extra green under her feet to"ground" her in the very plain landscape.  The sentiment is a Clarity stamp, deliberately faded and uneven.
Card number 2 is the Lavender Fairy, done in much the same way.  However, whereas the first card almost put itself together, this one was a right pain.  The fairy herself was fine, but the background just did not work.  On the second attempt, I managed to get a big splodge of dark blue in just the wrong place.  By then, I was in a hurry to get to the post, so it was out with the tree stamp (Clarity again) and the leaves to go on it. I managed to stamp it in just the right place to disguise the smudge.  I don't think it is too bad.  I used the same sentiment from Clarity.

It was good to combine techniques and ranges of media, and I think they work together.  Certainly, the Splodge Away mat makes brayering so much easier and effective.  I just need now to be more organised and allow myself enough time to get things right and without panicking over mistakes.  What chance do I have, do you reckon?


brenda said...

Think we are all guilty of that Elizabeth, know I am.

I love the flower fairies, they are timeless.

B x

brenda said...

And why I called you that Maggie I have absolutely no idea, I am so sorry. Best excuse I can come up with is strong pain killers - I don't even know an Elizabeth other than at Penny Black.

B x

Di said...

Both gorgeous Maggie! You're like me - I can't help but 'fess up to my mistakes - you disguised it beautifully!

Ack, snowing heavily here right now.

Hugs, Di xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

These are beautiful Maggie love the gentleness of these images
jacqui x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

love these Maggie and have a few flower fairy stamps should use including the lavender one!! Shaz in Oz.x

Gill Edwards said...

im guilty of leaving things to the last minute too but if your cards are that good when you are panicking imagine how awesome theyll be when youre not