Tuesday, 29 July 2014

It never began life as a rainbow

You know when you wonder what will happen if you try something, and you find the time and the courage to give it a go, and you learn things but don't end up with what you started out to do? That was me yesterday. I was aiming for last week's CASology challenge of "run", and I had the bright idea of letting ink run. Nobody else seemed to have thought of that, and I had until 6pm to make something of it.

I discovered that I had the wrong card-stock, and the wrong ink. The card-stock soaked up the ink like blotting paper. Huh. Well some of it - I had a lovely selection of different inks: Smooch Spritz, Distress Stains and Dylusions mists. I can tell you now - they don't mix! The Smooch smears all over the craft mat and leaves bits of glimmer in splodges. The other inks all bead. And my Evergreen Distress Stain poured out of the dauber in a great whoosh and soaked itself up under my fingernails in a really ghoulish way. I'll have to remember that at Halloween, because 2 showers and many scrubbings later, I still look distinctly oxygen deprived around the extremities.

After dripping and dropping these inks, diluting them, painting them, spilling them, blowing them about with my heat gun and generally making a mess, I decided to cut my losses and just wipe my remaining card-stock over the craft sheet and see what happened. It was nearly 6pm by then and I had waved goodbye to my deadline, so what was there to lose?

I lost last week's challenge, and gained a whole bunch of rainbows, which just happens to be THIS week's challenge. What a coincidence!

I turned one piece into this card for my DH's godson's 8th birthday. He and his black Siamese cat have a special relationship. I cut this little cutie with my Silhouette and not a little trouble, but we got there in the end.

I'm hoping this is CAS enough for:
CASology: rainbow
Less Is More: anything as long as it's CAS
Simon Says Stamp: emboss it (the greeting at the bottom is dry embossed)
Cute Card Thursday: for the birds


Lorraine A said...

LOVE this Squirrel !! I enjoyed reading this post too ,, the ghoulish green nails,, haha :-)
It is lovely to get out your crafty stash and have a play, see what happens,, not necessarily to your hands,, but to the papers ;-)
I love the background you created here, fabulous card and the simple embossed sentiment is perfect :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

Sid said...

Great card design and love your silhouette cat. I have become your latest blog follower too !

Jingle said...

This is a really neat design! I like the scene you created! Thanks so much for playing along with the Emboss It! Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Tanya Ham said...

Isn't it wonderful that when one door closes, another opens up? Way to just go with it - I LOVE how this card turned out! So adorable! :)

Anne said...

Totally stunning background Squirrel and what an effective way to use it!
Thanks so much for joining LIM this week
Less is More Designer

Meghan said...

Gorgeous watercolour! Accidents are always best when they have a happy ending!

Andrea said...

This is a lovely card. I can feel the playfulness in the design. So sweet.

Judy1223 said...

Whew, what an adventure! This card is like the gold at the end of the rainbow! :) I love the dripping effect and the beautiful car silhouette...perfect! Thanks for joining us at CASology!

Chrissie said...

I'm sorry this comment is so late, but I was on holiday in Spain last week and wifi was a little limited and slow!
This is just fab, that background is terrific!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

May Park said...

Great idea and great card! Love this, Squirrel!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology.