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Grunge Birthday

Sometimes things don't turn out as planned. Sometimes they sit on your desk half finished for months. Then you pick them up again, play, and set them aside again. And then one day you pick it up again and are able to sort the pieces out and make it into something much better than you had thought that little piece of paper would become.  That's the story of this card.

It started out with a gel print from Lydia's Gel Press Workshop in February. Even though I had watched the video only minutes before, I completely forgot the instructions when I sat down to try the technique (not even sure which one it was now), and got them all out of order. The result was a pull that I loved the colors of, but looked nothing like what I was trying to do. So I set it aside and it sat there for a month or so at the top of my backgrounds pile. When I saw the new Script Stencil from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, I thought maybe that was just what it needed. So I pulled out some black embellishment mousse and stenciled it on randomly.  It looked fabulous, but needed a little something more. I then pulled out the new Grunge Elements 3 set and added some random stamping in the background.

I then got set on the idea that I wanted to bring out some of those splashes of pink so pulled out Kitsch Flamingo and stamped up the sentiment in that and embossed it, adding it to the card in a circle and embellishing with some pink embossed and cut out stars. It didn't look right. I set it aside for several days.

Then one day I walked in and I thought what about black? I tossed out the pink idea and embossed the sentiment from Everyday Greetings 2 on black cardstock in silver, then added the row of dots as well.  I then tore the edges of the paper, something I haven't done in eons! To tie in some of the black I pulled out the Grunge Elements 3 again and stamped some of the images again in black and embossed with clear.  I finished off with some black soot around the edges and a black mat on a stone card base. Not my favorite card ever, but I'm sure glad I didn't give up on it!

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