Sometimes I like to stretch my boundaries and my expectations of a card, the stamp I used for today’s card is a perfect example of this. I chose to use this card for a couple of different reasons.

  1. I haven’t seen many stamps like it on the market
  2. It is SO different from my usual style, I wanted to see what I’d do with it
  3. I LOVED the “YES” sentiment on it!

Isn’t it the selection of stamps, that are out of the ordinary, awesome at I Brake for Stamps?!?!?!

I went through A LOT of versions while working on this, like at least half a package of Tim Holtz paper. Partly I was just playing with my options, the other part is because Zig watercolor brushes were still new to me.

When I first started card making this waste and hurdle would have been very discouraging. There were, and occasionally are, times when I’d feel defeated by this. I would toss away my ruined paper, shove the stamp in a corner, and wish I were a better artist or that I knew my medium better.

I didn’t do any of that for this card. While I did mess up (a lot), I changed my mindset. Instead of tossing away the paper I continued on! I tried different things, I mixed up different colors! It was SO FREEING to not stress on making my image perfect! Guess what? I learned a LOT about the medium I was using! Eventually, I figured out how to do what I wanted to do, and making a perfect card wasn’t stressful.

I’ve decided to use this way of thinking on cards since this one, and I will NEVER go back! After working on this card I feel like I’m a better crafter, I stress less, and I know Zigs SO MUCH BETTER!

My main goal, as a card crafter, is to encourage those who are newer to embrace their failures, to play with them, and to learn from them!

OK, onto this card. My only regretĀ is that I didn’t get a photo of it at a skate park. The nearest one is over an hour away, and I REALLY wanted to do a photoshoot with this card and some graffiti behind it.

Wouldn’t this card be perfect for a teenager, or someone who is just tricky to get the perfect card for? The encouragement on the front is AMAZING, I love the simple YES. Inside a sentiment could be added for a birthday, or a graduation, or anything that is needed! YES! Happy Birthday! YES! Congrats! Those would be the PERFECT additions!

I used my stamp positioning technique for rubber stamps, which you can watch here.

This image was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black and then re-stamped with VersaMark prior to embossing with WOW! Clear Embossing Powder. I painted everything with my Zig Real Brush Markers except for the two “star” areas which I used my Kuretake Gansai in a pearl color. Yes, even the black background was made using my black Zig brush.

I matted this image on a piece of brown cardstock I had, I wanted it to look like an extension of a wall. To tie the two layers together I used a stencil from Tim Holtz to overlap both panels. I used Ranger’s Texture Paste to carry on the overall look I was going for. The texture paste popped too much on the brown areas (it took a gray tone where it was naturally mixing with the black Zig) so I GENTLY brushed my Dew Drop Brilliance ink pad in Cosmic Copper.

I hope that I have inspired you into thinking outside your own crafting box! If you are interested in this, or in any other stamps from I Brake for Stamps, I urge you to pop on over to their website! You’ll find THOUSANDS of awesome rubber designs! Don’t forget to use my discount code: SAVE10HANNAH to get 10% off your rubber order!

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