Things I’ve learned about my crafting so far

Looking through my craft photo archive, I realized that even though I have a lot of different sentiment stamps now, I really like the happy birthday stamp. I’ve used it in SO many pieces!

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Other things I’m learning as I’m gradually acquiring the experiences and craft toolkit that are quickly moving me out of the nube category:

  • Yellow, turquoise, and brownish greys pop up in almost every single of my cards – even the project life ones!
  • There are many things I won’t do because I’m lazy and don’t like to clean up mess but that doesn’t seem to extend to creating my own background patterns – even if it’s for a little strip of background paper for a sentiment!
  • I tend to pair muted subtle colors with only one pop of color.
  • I gravitate toward images and patterns that imply movement.

Learning this is really focusing my craft purchases. Now I know that background stamps and distress inks will never go to waste because I love water color techniques and embossing . On the other hand, I am learning about the supplies I’m likely to use only once or twice. For example, I have over 20 mists — when Heidi Swapp’s line came out at Michael’s, I bought six of them in two weeks — and I almost never use them. I also love buying line image stamps in specialty scrapbooking stores but rarely use them. Recently, I bought the Paper Smooches Chubby Chum Pals set. That night, I made one card using the crab. Since then, I haven’t even thought about the set until I started writing this post.

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It’s going to be hard because these sets are so cute but in the future, I’m going to try to stick with purchasing the digital version of individual line stamps — as I need them — rather than buying a set of images. I think this will work better for me because I really don’t like fussy cutting images. I know other crafters use dies but I’m not a big fan of those either. With the digital version, I can use the Print-and-Cut feature on Silhouette Cameo to get a perfect image outline and border. Then all I have to do is color in using my Copics!

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2 thoughts on “Things I’ve learned about my crafting so far

  1. Sara W.

    FYI: you might already know this but mist can be used both as a stamping medium and as a painting medium. It gives a watercolor effect when painted onto the stamp or onto a paper.

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    1. periwinky Post author

      Thanks Sara! That’s good to know. I’ve been using my distress inks on a craft sheet with spritzes of water for a lot of water color effects and it’s nice to know that my mists could also be useful for that effect as well.

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