What happened when I let go of perfection?

A few days ago, I was thinking about the next installment of my cardmaking series here.

I was planning to add another card from my Club Posh gallery, until new card ideas came to mind.

While I was watching television and eating breakfast, one of the woodworking shows on the CreateTV channel started. I thought it wouldn’t be the “perfect” show to watch because I don’t do woodworking projects. I was wrong.

Watching the woodworker with his power tools as he created a frame for a pair of stained glass windows reminded me of the fun I have had, my “joy of stamping,” over the years.

I’ve also been reminiscing about watching “Simply Quilts” and “The Carol Duvall Show” as part of my morning-off-work routine. The woodworker’s show got me started again with images I’d inked before Christmas.

I pulled out pigment and black permanent inks to stamp a few more images. Here is what I came up with, adding paper, a writing pen and some imagination:


The top left card, “These are my good ol’ days,” uses three pigment inks as the background for a Magenta Art Stamp image in permanent ink. The words at the bottom were handprinted using a very fine ink pen.

The top right card “Blue and green Studio G pigment ink” used a shadow stamp I bought from Hero Arts about 10 years ago with the green ink and a pattern stamp from the neighbor’s images in blue.

The red stars at the bottom of “Order out of chaos” are the same as the blue barely-visible background on pink paper. The flower on this image is a Hero Arts image, stamped on white paper. The flower is attached to a background stamp image in Dee Gruenig’s “Shades of Green” dye ink.

You may be wondering about “pigment ink,” “dye ink,” “permanent ink.” The short answer is that there are a lot of inks used in rubber stamping. Inks dry at different speeds and different levels of permanence.

Pigment ink stays wet longer, has a thicker consistency. Dye ink is wet, looks more like watercolor. And permanent ink generally stands up to moisture, so you can stamp an image and then color inside the image without smudging it.

This exercise reminded me to stop waiting for “perfect,” and start creating new cards again.

Happy creating!



P.S. Look for another of my Club Posh cards here about Feb. 21.