Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Owl's Got the Graduation Blues...

Okay, the owl is probably just fine, but I really have the graduation blues, BIG time...especially when you add orange into the mix -lol. (I think it looks good in certain color combos, but overall I'm not really a big fan of the color orange.) My oldest child is graduating from college this month (and I won't be there...I won't bore you with the specifics, but the situation makes me sad), and unfortunately navy and orange are the school's colors. But I will bore you with the specifics of this card though -LOL! That's why you're here, right? ;)

So...I am going to embarrass myself by showing you what I did. It started out innocently enough -- I wanted to try my hand at the cute U R A Hoot set (Cornish Heritage Farms), and I thought I should go with a larger card size since the images I planned to use were kinda big. I also planned to use some of the BasicGrey Archaic paper, but discovered the school's colors wouldn't allow that. Bummer. I really didn't want to use orange (did I mention I really don't care for the color orange? lol). So...after regaining my composure I switched gears and began to rethink it all...Ah, ha! BasicGrey's Boxer collection has a beautiful navy designer paper I could use -- great! So off I went in optimistic, happy pursuit of making the perfect whimsical graduation card. (In hindsight, it was nothing but blissful ignorance. lol)

But...then I spent I don't know how long trying to color in that owl. UGH! I don't own Copics (yet - and I'm pretty sure they're going to be on my Wish List for quite some time to come *sigh*), the CTMH markers weren't doin' it for me, and my color choices weren't mixing well on the watercolor paper. Hmmm.... Do I give up, put the owl to bed, and go the traditional route? No way! After all the time it took me to cut that puppy out (that is one BIG stamp set!), I was going to use it!! lol Plus I'm determined that I WILL learn to color (even without Copics -lol)). So I finally got the owl lookin' good enough to use on a card. Okay. I was smilin' from ear to ear (well,not exactly, but you know the feeling, right?), and the rest went together fairly easily. Or so I thought.

Here's what I came up with:
Uh-oh. Looks like it's missing something, doesn't it? My thought was that there was a lot of dead space between the owl focal point and the sentiment block (I swiped some Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint on it and then stamped the sentiment from UR A Hoot in Timber Brown Staz-On), and I also wanted to bring in some more orange on the right side to tie it all together. While it may have been good in theory, I ultimately discovered the obvious...the 'Old Paper' wasn't the best choice in color and the Timber Brown Staz-On didn't make much of a statement, but...in my defense -lol...my options were limited and hindsight is a perfect 20-20 (too bad it doesn't help).

My first thought to the rescue was to use some orange paint and stamp '2008' sideways on the left side of the sentiment block. Follow me? But before laying a hand on it, I decided to get a second opinion and asked the hubster what he thought...I really didn't care for his suggestion (but I thought it was sweet that he put forth some effort to try -lol), and from there the card went in a definite southerly direction. Some rescue....

Aye, ca rumba! And I can't fix it!! This poor card has been saturated with so much glue and paint that it's actually starting to buckle. ;( I had to make the painted area larger to cover all of the 'Old Paper,' but I also thought I'd make it tall enough to be able to add the '2008' as well. Well, the orange area grew a little too large for the visual effect I had in mind, but not really large enough to add the '2008' to it like I wanted. And despite putting down two coats, I still didn't get perfect coverage. ;( So it is what it is. And I'm not a very happy camper.

Now, on the up-side, I do have another week before I need to mail it to him. And here's where you, my faithful three readers -lol, come in -- I figured I would enlist your help on guiding my options as I see them. ;D I can leave it as is and only cringe when I think about it (after all, it's going to my 22-YO son, who will likely set it out on his desk for a day or two...maybe...and then toss it in a drawer, and, thankfully, not for a publication submission -lol). OR I can re-do it -- resize, reshape, remove, rethink...but only if you give me your suggestions. I'm not looking for a pat on the back here because we all know it's not that pretty. lol My stamping time is limited, my brain is a little fried over this card at the moment, my parents are coming for a visit later this week, and my daughter's wedding invitations are going to be consuming most of my 'free' time for the next few weeks, so unless you give me something good to go on, I'm probably just going to leave it. But I just hate to put my name on something I'm not proud of, KWIM? (Especially when my ex-husband and his less-than amiable wife will also be examining it.... Is that sick or what?! lol)

Many thanks to anyone who cares to spend a few minutes brainstorming this for me. I really appreciate it...and my son might too. lol -- And it's okay if you're laughing at my sad attempts here. I'm laughing too. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Orange (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore), Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: (ret.) Orange swirl (CTMH), Boxer collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: U R A Hoot (Cornish Heritage Farms); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On, Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Brown Bag, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush (CTMH); Other: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Clear embossing powder, waterbrush, (ret.) gold cord (CTMH), Platinum Stickles (Ranger), Stardust GellyRoll clear pen (Sakura), brads (Making Memories), sewing machine, thread, sandpaper, foam mounting tape


Jeanne said...

Hey Christy! What a lot of "trauma" you've been through over this card! That owl is cute (as far as owls go). I can honestly tell you my first thought in looking at the card is that it is too long for what you've got on it. If you made it a standard sized card, you could keep the left half the same, but it would force you to move the sentiment cloer or (egads) overlap the orange. You could maybe add the white paint over part of the orange circle, thereby using up a bit of your not so favorite color. If you needed...you could add 2008 (in black ink...don't think you need the glitter-or maybe clear heat emboss it) vertically somewhere.

There's my 2 cents...for what they are worth. Good luck!!! You are a busy woman!! Oh and CONGRATS on having a soon to be college graduate and a soon to be bride...WOW!!!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

This looks great! I love the owl...he's the cutest owl out there!

Jamie Martin said...

Great card, I'm with you on orange, but I like it in moderation. You did perfect with the orange!

Carolyn King said...

I think you did an awesome job on this card--love the orange-you used just enough and it works well.

so sorry you cannot make the graduation...that has got to be very hard on you.

Barb W said...

Hi Christy,
Cute card! How would it look going vertically? I think that owl is the cutest and that little touch of orange works for me! I have a link for you, for some coloring tips that really helped me a lot.


You've got a lot going on. Don't forget to rest some, too! Congrats on your Grad and best wishes to the bride.

Be Blessed!

Courtney Fowler said...

I like both versions! Great job!

Patti Gingrich said...

It's frustrating when you look at your card and feel like it just isn't quite right, but it always helps to ask for another opinion. I really like what you've done with your design. It's terrific! I wouldn't change a thing! My preference? I like the top one, the light paint makes the sentiment stand out better. I think you need to give yourself a break girl. (Don't worry about what the ex and his wife think.) The card is for your son and he's going to love it because YOU made it for him. :)

Julia Stainton said...

LOL SOunds like you're having one of those days. We all have them! I loved your first version of the card! Love that darling tassel!