This is one of the High Hopes stamps I received for my birthday…it’s a really cute dragon stamp and, like all the other High Hopes stamps, is fun to colour.

Once I’d finished colouring my image with dye ink and a watercolouring brush, I added some glitter (because I’m on a kick and doodlebug has the funnest glitter colours in the world) and mounted it on pink cardstock to match the pink flowers in the bouquet.  That was my undoing…pink is not my friend.  I really struggled to make a cute card but it wasn’t happening for me.  I put it aside and worked on another project and came back to this card today to see if I could figure out what the card needed.

I’m not sure if I came up with the right solution but I decided to distress the card to make it a little more my style.  I used walnut ink on the edges of the image and the patterned paper and ran my little cutterpede tool around the edges for some added interest.  I also glued the “XOXO” sentiment on an angle instead of centering it on the larger oval (which is what I usually do).  I added a flower and a rhinestone to the empty space on the outer oval and here’s how that turned out:

I’m still not crazy on the pink and would have used black instead of brown (close to cocoa) cardstock if I hadn’t run out back in October but I think the distressed version is way better than the “cute” version I started out with.

EDIT: Funny story – I was just on Anna’s blog and she “gave away” the secret of her faux stitching.  She uses a seamstress tool to faux stitch around the edges of her cards…guess I subliminally picked up the idea and I don’t even know how I never noticed how much she uses this technique before.  I’ve noticed it on her cute tags but I was using a paper piercer to achieve that look.  I can’t use her snowflakes for a while so the faux stitching will be my newest copycat move!

BTW, I am TOTALLY pawning my Albert card off as a Valentine’s Day card.

Supplies Used: Albert’s Gift by High Hopes, XOXO (M’s), Eclectique Strip PP by Chatterbox, Regal Rose and Close to Cocoa cardstock, dye inks, watercolouring brush, doodlebug glitter, oval punches, nesties, prima flower, rhinestone, walnut ink, sponge dauber