“What Not to Stamp” Makeover Challenge

This was lots of fun!!  This week’s challenge at Our Creative Corner comes from Lori Rider.  The challenge is to go hunting through those old cards, you know the ones….. that you made when you first started stamping or the ones that just didn’t quite work, or what Lori calls “cringe-worthy” cards 🙂  Then choose one or two things about that card that you do like and use those on a new card.  Ahhh but, you have to show us the old card, and the makeover card.  So have fun with this one.  I know I did!

So here is my cringe-worthy card – one I made very early on and is about the second post on my blog, wayyyyyy back about 4 years ago.











And for my makeover card I have used the grid technique for the background again, a similar layout, and various shades of pink.

The grid is so much easier now that we have the diagonal score plate, much easier than the old way using a ruler and bone scorer!!  I have then added some ink to the cardstock by inking up one of my large clear blocks and lightly stamping that directly onto the card stock.  I have then used a slightly darker pink (Pretty in Pink) to stamp the swirls.  I have used the lovely, elegant stamp set “Elements of Style“.  The main image has been double stamped, first with Pretty in Pink ink, and then over the top and slightly off-set in  Rose Red.  This gives the outline a slightly blurry look.  Then I have coloured using a blender pen.  But be wary when you are using this technique as the Rose Red ink can bleed very easily, so I just dotted the colour inside the outline and have “worked” the colouring as little as possible.  The butterfly is from “Kindness Matters”, and it has been edged with the darker colour, using a marker.
Like I said, I really did have fun with this one, and I hope you’ll play along this week too.  Make sure you check out all the other transformations from the rest of the Design Team.
Happy stamping!

7 thoughts on ““What Not to Stamp” Makeover Challenge

  1. Your makeover is terrific, that’s one of my all time favorite stamps! Beautiful ajob on the grid work and I love your ruched ribbon. Such fun to see how far we have all come from our stamping roots!

    Have a great weekend.



  2. Hi Chris!
    Wow, your makeover card is superb. I love the grid tiled design with the flourish background. Your colors are so soft and inviting. A truly beautiful card you’ve designed or should I say, re-designed here. 🙂

    Lisa xx


  3. Hello Chris
    Your remake is wonderful; the object of this Challenge was to recognise a flaw and try to rectify, and you have certainly accomplished this task.
    I love how you have saturated the Pink; removing the intensity- the raw sensuality of Red is gone; what remains is romanticism, it is soft, subtle and feminine. Adding the layers and texture, and the wonderful element of the ruched ribbon creates much more interest and makes for a card that is attractive to the sophisticated eye. Well done.


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