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A Happy (Card-Making) Accident

And Then it Happened: My Card Making Accident.  A Not so Happy Moment.

Has this ever happened to you?  You are working away on a card or layout or project, and everything is going along just swell. You ink up a chosen stamp, double check the placement, and then stamp away…with Archival Ink, of course, because it is permanent.  Oops.  The placement is off.  And the ink…permanent.  Yeah.  That’s what happened to me today.  A card-making accident.  Not a good moment.  Been there?


After a few moments of hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth…sudden inspiration hit me.  (Cue, angelic singing and harps playing in the background.) Gesso!  The card stock I was working with was watercolor paper weight…it would take Gesso just fine.  I pulled out my trusty bottle of Claudine Hellmuth Multi Matte Medium (say that three times really fast) and a paintbrush and began to paint over the jet black image.  Whoa!  Cool texture.  I wonder what would happen if I just layered this on the entire card?   It’s just paper, after all.  And, I’ve already had the accident.  What’s the worst that could happen? If I wreck it, Lord knows I have more.  I don’t know if it was the tea I had for breakfast, or if it was a divine intervention or just a glorious moment in time…but I felt free to PLAY!  With abandon.  And  I had FUN…serious FUN! 

009 (2) Here’s the finished product.  A very different look for me, but I’m loving it!  See that little birdie?  That’s where the goof took place.  (Oh, blessed, blessed birdie….you came to set me free!)  Here’s a close-up:

003 (2)Oooooh…texture. 

A Slippery Slope

You know what happens when you begin to play with gesso?  You have to get out your acrylic paint set.  The one you’ve never used.  The one you’ve opened and gazed longingly at, but were afraid to play with.  Well, no more.  I mixed colors (first time in my life) I spattered.  I brushed.  I highlighted.  I didn’t even  know what I was doing…but I liked how it was looking:

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011 (2) I brushed paint onto metal bits and then rubbed it off. I dabbed, pounced and spritzed.  Oh, yeah….having a good time here. 

Joy in the journey

This may not be the most perfect card ever.  It may not look that great to you.  But this card represented something to me….it opened a door I’ve been knocking on for a really long time.  Suddenly, creative ideas were flowing…some of which I will share with you at a future date.  And, some didn’t work out exactly the way they looked in my head. They were just accidents.  And accidents happen.  But there was an energy in my studio this afternoon that’s been lacking for a while.  And it all started with an OOPS…a happy accident. 

There’s this great quote by Jerry Seinfeld: “It is good to play, and you must keep in practice.”  A good reminder to me that this journey is supposed to be enjoyable.  I’d love to hear from you about some of your favorite happy card-making accidents.  Oh, and here are a few more photos of this card, just because I like it so much.016 (2) 001 (2)

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013 (2) 005 (2)Remember, you can click on the photos for a better view.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,




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