Sentiments are almost always super-cheesy. I look at one on a sheet of stamps and think "Why is there not another image instead of this trite sentiment?" But when I see other people's finished work, they look good -- of course they're still just as cheesy, but somehow, on finished pieces, they work. I don't know how this transformation happens for the rest of you, but this time, for me, I think it was the glitter.
This week's Divas by Design challenge was Friendship. I was pretty stumped until, looking through DCWV's Pets matstack for something else, I happened across a piece of cardstock which seemed pretty set on loving its animal friends. That was pretty much all I needed to pull together a project.
I used the wonderful little yarn-ball stamp to do some color testing with inks from Color Box's Surf's Up, Wood Grain, and Rain Forest cat's eye queues. In other news, I should probably make a permanent reference instead of re-color-testing for each project.
I turned the sketch sideways. For the vertical element, I used some washi (technically Recollections "crafting") tape. I did allow a few of the phrases on the paper to break the line, because I wanted to keep them intact for the friendship theme.
The tape line doesn't stand out much on the busy paper. Maybe all it is doing is highlighting the phrases that break it? Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the result, and I even like how the sentiment turned out! In that font, with that much glitter, it is owning the horribly cheesy pun, and I can respect that.
I'm entering this bookmark in the following challenges:
- Divas by Design Challenge 51: Friendship (my cat, and many other pets, are excellent friends)
- Lawnscaping Challenge #41: Sketch (turned on its side). Alas, I am not using a Lawn Fawn stamp, but by gosh Critters in the 'Burbs would have been pretty perfect (purrfect?) for this... if I owned it.
- Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Put a Stamp on It! + optional washi tape (stamped image & sentiment, subtle vertical washi tape)
I'm also linking it up to DL.ART's 1000-post Linky Party.
Supplies: (I can't find the tape to list it in the widget, but it is Recollections crafting tape from Michael's)