Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Just Play"

Hi there!

In the last couple of Kickstart classes, they talked about how we all need to let ourselves just play. Sit down at your craft desk, take out some paper, stamps, inks, markers, etc, and just play. Do it for no other reason but to have fun. Not to make a card, not to beat a deadline, not to join in a challenge, but just for the sheer joy of playing with this wonderful hobby of ours.

I actually do this quite often. More times than not, I stamp an image and color it, and then have no idea how I'm going to use it on a card. It usually gets put away for awhile, until I come up with a card that needs that certain image. So for me, this was sort of normal, but I decided to play with something I haven't used in a very long time - Dimensional Pearls.

For those of you who don't know, it is not the same thing as Liquid Pearls or Perfect Pearls. It's a bit thicker than Liquid Pearls, and when mixed with water, becomes more of a pearlescent, acrylic glaze. I used the colors, Stream and Wild Plum, mixed heavily with water. I swirled a small paint brush into the mix and splattered and dabbed it onto watercolor paper. I liked the way it turned out and actually used it on a card right away this time - yay! :)
I cut a portion of my pearlized panel to fit my card. I also used Hero Arts' Three Dotted Flowers cling set to add some cute flowers in coordinating colors.

I had a piece of the panel left over and didn't want to waste it, so I punched out some butterflies and created a CAS sympathy card.

So don't forget to sit down and just play once in awhile - with no deadlines or even cards in mind - just have fun and ENJOY it!

Thanks for your visit! :)

22 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Barb these are so very pretty - I love how the inks blends!

Pam W Merwin said...

Barb, these are so pretty. Love this technique that you shared. I do a lot of playing too! When I have to "think" to enter some challenge I get way too stressed, so I enjoy just playing and seeing what happens.

Thanks for sharing!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

I like to just play too sometimes. Love your background!

Lynn said...

Oh this is just stunning! Love both cards...and I need to take this advice more and just play!

Jackie said...

Your card turned out beautifully and I love those butterflies from the leftovers.

Annette said...

totally gorgeous...

Linda said...

absolutely wonderful, Barb. Makes me want to touch it to feel if it's as soft as it looks!

Virginia L. said...

Well said about just playing!! I love doing that ALL the time! Love your Liquid Pearl splashes! I must try that some time! Hope you get to play some more today, Barb! HUGS!

Divinity said...

wow!!!!! these cards are great! i love love love the color combo on the first one -- it's so striking! :)

maria f. said...

Don't know the product but the result is so very pretty. Keep playing!

Leni said...

I have never heard of Dimenional pearls, never seen it until now. The result is very artistic! Love the shine.

Rachel W K said...

you can really see the natural swirls in the punched butterflies. the colors are beautiful! i love sitting down to color or paper piece images just because... it's so relaxing!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Nancy K said...

excellent use of your play time...you've made some really lovely cards!

Martha said...

Creating for just the sheer joy of playing IS so enjoyable and SO therapeutic. You've created two very LOVELY cards in your play time, Barb. The colors and flowers are beautiful!

Happy crafting!
HUGS!

Judy1223 said...

Barb, you are so right! It is important to justplay with our stamps and supplies sometimes! Both cards are lovely, as usual. I'm so glad you had some time to play and create just for the fun of it!

Greta said...

Your playing for fun sure resulted in pretty cards, Barb! Love the pearly colors. Wonderful sympathy card!

Cat Craig said...

Lovely cards...

Nancy said...

Lovely cards, Barb. Sounds like an inspiring class. I think playing and experimenting is a great idea!

Dawn said...

what a great couple of cards Barb. It is such fun just to play. I try to play as often as I can. Then look for a challenge it fits. I've enjoyed the Kick Start classes too

donna mikasa said...

Play is good, and you do it so well! The pearlized panel is gorgeous and I love how you salvaged some sweet butterflies for a second card! Genius!

susanne said...

I'm checking out all of your beautiful cards this morning! I lovvvve your background panel and how you've use it. Gorgeous!!! Sending you warm wishes Barb and thank you so much for visiting my blog when I haven't been around for a while. It's always a joy to see that you've popped in for a visit. :) Susanne

susanne said...

I'm checking out all of your beautiful cards this morning! I lovvvve your background panel and how you've use it. Gorgeous!!! Sending you warm wishes Barb and thank you so much for visiting my blog when I haven't been around for a while. It's always a joy to see that you've popped in for a visit. :) Susanne