The sentiment and ink color are just not my vibe. I'm ready to assemble the card but need to stamp the greeting first since it's popped up with foam tape. I've spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME looking for the "perfect" greeting for this card. I basically gave up last night and had to walk away since I was getting frustrated.
Does this happen to you? Any tips to power thru?
By the way, I LOVE the kit. It's on sale for $25 (regular price was $60) and it's really a good deal for what you get in it. I'm on class #2 and so far I'm liking it.
Are you saying that you need to stamp the sentiment before you add the die cut flower and stem? Or that the sentiment itself is also on another piece and popped up itself?
Do you use inside sentiments at all?
If the former, I might put the die cut s and the card into an envelope and set it aside. Someday when you need a quick congratulations or happy birthday card or what have you, there it will be. You can quickly stamp a sentiment appropriate to need on there and tape the die cuts on top and there you go.
If the greeting itself is popped up, couldn't you add it over the die cut later? Or even use a thinner foam tapes or squares or what have you on the flower now and add a sentiment strip with thicker ones later?
Or leave the front as is and stamp an appropriate inside sentiment when you go to use the card.
So, to actually answer the question you asked: yes, it happens that I get stuck like that. I just set it aside and go back later.
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2022 18:28:34 GMT by Shakti: to add
I have trouble making cards unless I know who the recipient will be, or the occassion. If there were a birthday card I needed soon, I would simply add Happy Birthday. Or if it is a get well card, maybe something like Thinking of You, or Sending Sunshine.
Depending on my mood, though, I may grab the first sentiment stamp that fits and go with that LOL.
Good for you pinklady. I know you have been wanting that set and got it at a great deal! I thought about buying it too,,but after thinking it over and going back and forth on it I decided against it. I feel like I already have a lot of the same style dies and I could easily recreate the cards.
Thinking of You and Hello works well for the front because you can always add a sentiment in the inside for the occasion.
I usually leave it blank or put happy birthday. I always need birthday cards.
I really don't like the sentiment friend on its own, just feels unfinished.
Sometimes I end up with a card I just can’t figure out the right sentiment and it sort of sits just waiting for inspiration. I have one from a Pink Fresh class about 6 months ago. I loved the card but didn’t like their sentiment. It sits and mocks me.
cmpeter April 2001 Posts: 37,572 Loc: Washington State
I had to laugh at this...this is what my scrapbook pages do. I don't tend to get stuck on cards because I generally don't like my cards unless I do a tutorial along with someone else. Or at least look at step by step instructions. If I make a card "all out of my own head" I will hate it. 9/10 it would go into the trash. I am more that "whatever works" kind of sentiment person. Now scrapbook pages? I have 4 in progress mocking me. They are saying, "If you only had bought this paper your page would be done!" They also say, "Take a vacation day and work on me...nevermind how behind you are at work!"
pinklady, no great advice, but I would say not to stress about it. Your card looks fantastic and it would go well with any number of sentiments. Maybe think about what upcoming cards you need to have on hand?
On a somewhat related note, sentiment stamps: can you ever have too many? (I can start a new thread for this if more appropriate)
The definition of “too many stamps” will be different for every person. Some people are overwhelmed by a lot of stamps. Others (like me) take collecting stamps to a ridiculous level. Mine are extremely well organized, though, so I can go through my ridiculously large stamp collection to find exactly what I want.
Once I organized them, though, I decided to stop buying sentiment stamps, because there are still times when I don’t have the “right” one, and I end up using my computer to generate the perfect phrase in a font that suits my card design. I do check my stamp stash first. If I have one that works well for my card, great, but if not, I use the computer, and I save the file.
The advantage to a stamp is that you can use a variety of techniques with a stamp (like heat embossing) that you can’t do with a computer generated sentiment. However, most of my sentiments are just plain, black ink, not heat embossed. A computer image tends to look cleaner than what I get from some of my sentiment stamps, and it doesn’t require storage space.
All the time. Mine is overthinking where to put the sequins/enamel dots/gems and how to clump them so they look ok. Some people can make them look so great and flowy. Mine dont always turn out like that lol
Yeah, sentiments are tricky for me. How much I overthink depends on whether I'm making the card for someone specific, making it to sell, or just donating. I would remind you (as I remind myself) that the recipient doesn't know all the possible choices there were and once the card is finished it will look good to most people. Good enough is almost always good enough (or even great) once it's done.
Sometimes, yes. I tend to overthink when I've got a bespoke card request rather than my usual freeform cardmaking process. Getting everything just right can be tricky. If I'm really stuck or the project is complicated I'll do a quick mockup with plain printer paper and pencils in miniature just to get a better feel for what's going on. Sometimes I'll use computer design space too.
It's worth bearing in mind something I read about writing: the reader (recipient) is never going to see the vision inside your head. They're not going to be aware that it's not as perfect or expansive or polished as you imagined. All they're going to see is the final product, and odds are they'll think it's amazing just the way it is.