Sometimes you join a swap that doesn’t require any fancy embellishments, and sometimes you just can’t figure out how to embellish a card that has a large or complex stamp image. The oversized (folded) cards in this post are not pretty — they’re all about the carve.
The stamp for The Lovers card took three attempts to carve. I kept the stamp for the second attempt as it’s too good to throw out, but it’s not good enough to show anyone. By the time I finally got something that was good enough, I was happy just to slap it on paper and be done with it. If I had to do it again, I’d try to figure out something to do in that large border area. Not a pretty card, but a decent and challenging stamp image! The only reason that I carved “In the Kitchen” was because I was challenged by The Wolf Family to do it (“I’m doing a P&P&Z stamp, why can’t you?“). At the time that I carved it, it was definitely the most challenging stamp that I had ever carved, and like The Lovers, I was just happy enough to get it done and on paper. The Wolf Family, wanting to make mine like it was prepared by a monkey, made a fabulous card featuring all sorts of little details and a good amount of fake blood.
Sometimes it’s all about the carve, but I’m really trying to get more creative with my card making so that it never has to be all about the carve again.