Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A little DRAMA...and a lot of Mess equals one BIG Revelation...

Virginia Lu made me get messy! 


It was an adventure but I did it...and CASE this Sketch helped me get it done!

  

Virginia is asking for stenciling this month for her Virginia's View Challenge. I have just started dabbling with stencils and this was the gentle push I needed to play. Yesterday I purchased my very first Tim Holtz distress inks. I bought the mini inks...and got 12 colours. Then I purchased 2 stencils...now I have 4 stencils...this could easily become an addiction...or could it?

After watching a couple of videos online, I went about inking my paper and spritzing with water. Oops! Too much! Made a mess. Take 2. So I tried again...ink, water, stencil. YUCK. I even used my poor neglected heat gun. Yep, it was not pretty.

Enter Take 3. NO water. Duh. I mean...I am a beginner here so who am I kidding. Yep, I went ahead and just used ink with the stencil but now I have:

1. A few pieces of paper-mangled with ink and water
2. One melted stencil...I obviously need to take a refresher course on heat gun application.
3. Lots of ink everywhere. *grin*

But even after all that...I managed to make a card. It is not "spectacular" by any means in the realm of stenciled cards but it is a start and I am kinda proud. Yes...I feel elated and I actually want to try this again; mangled paper and all...

  

When I was done making my card I went back to my desk and low and behold...look at what I found...suddenly it dawned on me...those pieces were not mangled but rather little pieces of love that I might be able to use on another project in the future. WOW, my eyes could not believe the pretty little pieces I had created...who knew?



Virginia did!


16 comments:

Barbara said...

Lesley, I love the story behind this darling card! I too have been wanting to do a little stenciling and you have just given me the boost to give it a try. Thank you!

Joanne Travis said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors and technique.

Marianne said...

Haha, next you'll be making an even bigger mess with reinkers and embossing paste...
Love your card, though! I've been trying out the new Tim Holtz spritzer tool with my Promarkers. That was fun, too!

Tracey McNeely said...

Well your messy is gorgeous Lesley!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh those are my fears Lesley and why I haven't ventured into that arena yet!! Your card is as pretty as can be tough! Can't wait to see what you do with your other pretty little works of art!

Shelly said...

Love your outcome! So pretty! And your story sounds like something I myself would go through! lol Though, we all gotta start somewhere, right?! ;)

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I love your fabulous take on the sketch!

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing your struggles and failures (which ended up NOT be failures at all!)...I usually end up throwing away mine, they are so bad...but your persevered and came out on top! Love your card...a lesson to be learned by you! Thanks Lesley!

Vicki Dutcher said...

That's the trick to stenciling -- none! :) You can always end up with something awesome....

Marisa said...

Well done! Darling card!

Virginia Lu said...

LOLOLOL....I am so glad that I made you make a mess (and perhaps I even helped YOU to contribute to our Canadian economy $$)! This is one very elegant CAS card, Lesley! I love the two tone background from the stencil. Aren't Distress Inks FUN!? And that stencil....I was reluctant to jump on the trend and it looks like there is no stopping of it now. Well done on your first try! I can only imagine the beautiful outcome that come out of your creative play! Thanks so much for playing Virginia's View challenge! xo

~amy~ said...

yahooo! Aren't the distress inks so much fun?!!!!! Looks awesome Lesley!

Lynn said...

Lesley, admitting here that the stencil trend has me nervous. Your beautiful card is pushing me to give it a go!

Barb Ghig said...

This is such a stunning card! I love how you pulled everything together to make it work so flawlessly!

Betty J. said...

Oh WOW, Lesley. Love every single detail on it. Thanks for playing along at CAS(E) this sketch and hope to see you again. ;-)

conil said...

This is THE ultimate sympathy card. Whether Virginia made you do it, or not.

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