Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Diane Zechman: Portia

One of the questions I like to ask our Inky Guest Designers is what they've learned about stamping over the years. After all, there's always room for improvement...whether you're a novice or expert crafter. And I like hearing their thoughts about how to get better at it!

"For beginners, I would express that it takes time and practice to create projects that are pleasing to the eye," suggests Diane Zechman. "I wouldn’t want to share the first cards that I ever made,  LOL. We’ve all been there…just keep creating and you will be amazed at how you improve! Study cards online or in magazines that others have created for design elements, color combinations, layouts, etc. Before long, you will be coming up with designs of your own."

Today's card is a great example of what Diane means. It's done in a "clean and simple" style and is beautifully executed:

"A nice card doesn’t need to be complicated and full of layers or embellishments," Diane stresses, "it just needs to be well made. Be sure your paper is cut cleanly and measured carefully, your layers are straight and attached with strong adhesive, and your images are stamped without stray ink marks. Also, use well inked pads for good coverage of ink on your stamps."

Diane used the "Portia" image (0386K) from our Worldly Woman collection. Isn't this stamp hilarious? The accompanying sentiment (0339E, Life Too Important) fits perfectly, and I try to remember its message on days when I might feel a little tense.

You can see how the stamps' (and Diane's!) humor is reflected in the bold, playful colors and sparkly gemstone accent in the lady's hair:

Hoping your day includes several laughs, Inky friends!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko

Paper: Citrus Stack - DCWV, White, Black

Accessories: Markers - Copic, Gemstones, Ribbon, Twine


Sue D said...

Funny card and great advice!

stamping sue said...

Fun card! I like these ladies.
stamping sue