Sunday, August 13, 2006

A little distance

I often find that when I make something, it will be missing that little something that gives it impact. Many times I don't know what that something is, as I'm staring at it and willing it to come to mind. I have a list by my table. It's a list of ways to embellish or accent cards or ATCs. Sometimes I can find the answer there. Often I find that I just need to stop staring at my piece and give myself some distance. So, I'll put it aside and look at it again the next day or a couple of days later. Usually I'll be struck by some sort of inspiration.

This ATC is an example of what I'm talking about. It's a themed ATC--faeries, for an ATC swap using stamps from Scottish Borders Stamping. This came from a neat sheet of rubber images, by the way. The finishing touch was the Stickles glitter. I liked the sparkly cardstock--metallic Bazzill. I'd used Brilliance pearlescent inks for the faeries and for the text on the vellum. It was missing that special something. After I added the Stickles, it felt finished.


So here's to a little distance and finding those finishing touches. Although now I'm thinking that it might look better without the text, if I can figure out a way to disguise the staple holes. I think I'll decide tomorrow.

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