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Choose What I Use with a Twist

The last time I posted about Choose What I Use, I shared how I used my Facebook Live feature What's Up! Stampers? to have the audience help make decisions about how I was going to put my card together. You can read all about it and see the amazing card here.

Sunday, I took the Choose What I Use concept to simple Facebook posts at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The first post at 11:30 asked the audience to help me decide which retiring stamp set that was new in the current catalog I should use on my card: So Much Love or Ornate Style.

The vote was unanimous. When I stamped the card I was going to make later on in the day, I'd use So Much Love (love both of these beautiful stamp sets, by the way!).

At 12:30 I asked the next very important question: What color palette should I use when creating this card? Brights? Subtles? 2020-2022 In Colors?

Although it wasn't unanimous, the overwhelming opinion of my Facebook audience was that I use the Brights colors for this card. I could already see Daffodil Delight somewhere in the color scheme.

Next up at 1:30, how should I color those flowers? Watercolor them? Stampin' Blends? Blending Brushes?

Again, the opinion to use Stampin' Blends was an overwhelming majority.

Finally, at 2:30, I asked what ribbon I should use on the card, the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon or the Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon?

Polka Dot Tulle, it is!

I absolutely love playing games like this. It forces me to think creatively when my decisions are not made in advance. Plus, I trust the opinions of my Facebook audience. They haven't yet steered me wrong in three times playing Choose What I Use. I mean, honestly. Here is Sunday's final result:

Turned out great, right? Nice job, Facebook followers!

Let me tell you, though...the road to this beautiful card had a big bump in it. I'll make a long story short. I started by rounding the two corners and getting the cute little floral window with the Detailed Trio punch. Then I stamped the flower image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and began to color. I love how each set of Stampin' Blends comes with a dark and a light so that you can get beautiful shading in the image (I'm so pleased that the Shimmery White cardstock can be seen better in this close-up shot!).

After the flower was completely colored, I decided to put a shadow around the image with the light Pool Party Stampin' Blend. Have you seen that before? Where people use a light color to out line the image, as if to provide a little shadow. As I started to add the color around the bottom edge of the flower, I thought the color was a little dark. Instead of the LIGHT Pool Party Stampin' Blend, did I have the DARK? Nope. I sure didn't. Instead, I had the Mint Macaron Light Stampin' Blend. I then grabbed what I thought was the LIGHT Pool Party Blend, added color around the same area, hoping to buff out the more green color. Instead, I had grabbed the DARK Pool Party Blend. What in the world?? So as my too-dark line under the flower got larger and more unruly, all I could think about was not wanting to start this thing over. I mean, the flower itself looked good, so how could I salvage it? Grab the Light Pool Party Blend, blend out that dark color, then shade a large majority of the background so it looked like I did it on purpose. Although the whole shading thing started as a mistake, I'm happy with the final result.

See a complete list of supplies I used on the card below, along with links to my online store.

Stamping blessings!


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