I’m back, baby!
I made a card! I just got up on my ownsome yesterday morning, grabbed this set that has been sitting on my desk for weeks, and I was able to create something. This is the first card I’ve made in 2 weeks! Naturally, I’m thrilled to bits, and I hope you are too!
First of all, I really love avocados. I love eating them! I have an ornament on my Christmas tree that’s Santa as an avocado. I was raised in a house with avocado green appliances (okay, that would not make ANYONE love avocados, but hey, it was the 70s). So when I saw this set with the matching dies included, I had to have it. It’s designed by Katelyn Lizardi and it’s soooo cute!
And it sat on my desk along with some of the other sets that Sizzix brought out at the same time, which I will also be using soon, while my creative block has raged for the last 2 weeks.
When I opened it up yesterday to use it, I found these are not photopolymer stamps. “How can you tell, Jan?” Why, thanks for asking!
You’ll find that non-photopolymer stamps have these characteristics:
- Not very sticky. You know how you put a photopolymer stamp in your MISTI on top of a piece of cardstock and it sticks so so hard that you have to have your superstrong ceramic magnet to keep it from pulling the paper up? These don’t. They don’t even stick very well to the index sheet.
- They just feel different than photopolymer, less stretchy maybe.
- Ink tends to bead up on them so getting a good impression really depends on your conditioning the stamps first. I do this to any stamps that have solid parts to their image, but with these stamps, you have to condition them all if you are using something like Memento or any inks you would use with Copic markers. To condition, take the heel of your hand and drag it over the image to rough it up a little. Ink lightly and stamp lightly.
I prefer photopolymer stamps, so I was a bit disappointed that these weren’t. But when the stamps are cute enough, I will look past that, like these. Anyway, here’s the card:
STINKIN’ CUTE! I picked some Doodlebug Design Dot-Stripe Rainbow Petite Patterns papers to create the front of the card. The heart-shaped pit on the avocado on the left is solid, so when you ink up with black ink, it’s black. It just didn’t seem quite right, so I actually stamped these avocados again, once again in Memento Tuxedo Black and once in Versafine Clair Tulip Red. The heart die included will cut out that pit from the centers of either avocado.
I colored these guys up with some Copic markers. I used the pit I stamped in Tulip Red and added some shading with some red Copics. I added some Judikins Diamond Glaze on top of it for a bit of dimension.
Originally, I was not going to make this a window card, but I changed my mind so that these cute avocados would be on the inside of the card when you opened it as well as visible from the front. So cute! This Avocuddle card would be great for an anniversary, Valentine’s, or just love in general.
I’m really happy to have broken through my block, out of the dark into the creative sunshine! I hope I can keep it up!
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, Hallmark Scrapbook, My Favorite Things, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies.