Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away a Failed Card

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hello, friends!

Svitlana is here today. Or I should rather introduce myself as the sloppiest and clumsiest crafter ever.

Today, I want to share a card which was born from the ashes of another one. Several weeks ago, I was making a card using the beautiful Blooming Tulips Stamp Set. When I finished the card, I realized that I hated it. Like not just disliked, but really hated it! The composition, colors, elements – everything looked good in the idea stage but totally didn't work together in the finished product.
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I dislike my cards quite often, but also quite often I am able to salvage them using different tricks or tweaking their design. In this case, it was not possible. I really hated how it turned out and no salvaging was possible. Which was a shame as I already invested time into stamping all those flowers. So I saved it hoping to get something out of it.

Luckily, I didn't glue them together completely and was able to tear them apart. The base parts of the flowers were totally ruined, but the petal tips were pretty much not damaged and ended up working perfectly to frame a panel with them.

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Speaking of the panel – I made it using the Cloud Scene Stencil also for another card but ruined by dropping an ink pad onto the bottom part of it. I decided to save it just in case “for now” as despite the ruined bottom part, I liked the settled cloud design I created.

And eventually, it worked perfectly along with the tulip petals (which covered the ruined part).

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The sentiment for this card is the only thing that didn't have a previous life so to speak. Although I didn't make it while I was making this particular card either. Usually when I stamp a sentiment for a card while I still have a stamp mounted to my MISTI lid, I would stamp it a couple more times and store them in my sentiments box to use later. It's very convenient, as it almost doesn't add time while you're making it, but it also can save that time when you really need it. Also (maybe it's just me), sometimes I can put so much mental effort into the card that by the time it's time to add a sentiment, I'm done and don't want to think about it. Grabbing a ready-to-go one comes really handy in this case.

So this sentiment one was one of those.

At the end of the day, I really like the card that I created using the “scraps” I had, and I'm glad I didn't throw them away.

Have a wonderful day!


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Maureen Reiss July 11, 2021 - 1:37 PM

Beautiful card!!! Great ideas for saving “bad’ card designs!!

Carmela July 11, 2021 - 3:01 PM

Great tips and who would have known the story behind your card. It’s lovely!!

Carol Henderson July 11, 2021 - 3:15 PM

I really like your card made “from the ashes” of your original idea. These frame style cards are often my favorites and I seldom make them, You have inspired me!

Kathy Raker July 11, 2021 - 7:50 PM

I can’t imagine you didn’t like the original flowers when the tips look so good as a framed piece. The colors are pretty together. I have felt the same frustration so many times working on a card, I feel your pain. You came out a winner for sure.

Marisela Delgado July 11, 2021 - 10:09 PM

We’re thankful that you didn’t throw it away also. It’s gorgeous as are all of your cards. Warm hugs from San Antonio, Texas.

tara prince July 20, 2021 - 2:46 PM

very nice

Doris Jones August 14, 2021 - 1:10 PM

I love the royal colours you picked to start with … and in the end it’s perfect!


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