Some people have sports as a way to feel better. I have crafts. I have been meaning to pair brick stencil and grit paste (if I could ever find where I had put it away) with the brick wall image from the Chicks who "couldn't even" stamp set. I finally found the paste in a drawer about a week ago and it was sitting on my desk so when I sat down to stamp tonight, I decided to put my idea to paper. It just happened that the chick image is the perfect reflection of how I feel today. Somebody well-loved from the office is no longer with us and the news has made waves around the office this week. I came back home emotionally spent, and, well, I couldn't even. The sentiments included in the stamp set are pretty great, but I was looking for something in French, so I used a sentiment that says, "Hang on."
I'm not sure how I feel about the finished card. I really liked the stenciled bricks in white, but sponged some red ink on them and I think it detracted from the look rather than enhance it. I tried playing with dimension by adding some Dusty Durango and Basic Grey ink here and there, and shabby chic'ing my card to match, but in the end, I wonder if I might have enjoyed my initial cleaner look better. We'll never know, but it doesn't really matter because the card served its function tonight – therapy. I managed to take my mind off of things for a couple of hours, so I call that a win.
The card was inspired by this week's Stamping Bella challenge (use die-cuts) and an older Mojo Monday Sketch (#392) and ColourQ combo (#89).
Colour Combo: Cherry Cobbler + Dusty Durango + Bordering Blue + Basic Grey
Stamps: The Chicks Who Couldn't Even (Stamping Bella), Là pour toi (Stampin' Up!), Timeless Textures (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey, Dusty Durango, Whisper White
Ink: Bordering Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Distress Grit-Paste (Ranger), Bricked Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz), Nestabilities Dies,
Urban Underground Embellishments, Markers, Hodgepodge Hardware, Grosgrain Ribbon, Burlap Ribbon,
Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crumb Cake Medium Envelope