Gray Orchids and Stamping Mistakes

One can never have too many Thank You cards on hand so I think its always a good idea to make one just in case. Today I’m sharing one in a black and white color combo. I rarely create monochromatic cards, but for this project I was inspired by a stamping mistake.

I was experimenting and trying various color combinations to stamp several orchids from the Orchid in a Pot set for a card and didn’t do a good job cleaning my stamps. We’ve all been there, usually it’s very frustrating, but this time I was pleasantly surprised by the end result.

Gray Orchids Thanks for your kindness card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I was using various reds to stamp the orchid layers and I had Red Royal residue on the base layer of my image when I inked it up with Soft Granite. After stamping it I added another layer in black and realized that my flowers have a beautiful red undertone to them. I die cut the orchid plant out using matching dies, thoroughly cleaned my stamp with Ultra Clean and a scrubber pad, stamped it again using the intended color combo and created the card above.

You can clearly see the difference between the true Soft Granite color and the one with a reddish hue to it on the photo below. While usually I throw away stamped mistakes like this one, I wanted to keep this particular image as this gave me an easy variation to the colors I planned to use for my card.

Gray Orchids Thanks for your kindness card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I’m hoping to do more experiments with this in the future to see how other colors are going to behave with a bit of red residue on the stamps. I think yellow and peach would look nice, that would be especially helpful for color layering stamp sets.

Gray Orchids Thanks for your kindness card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

To finish this card I also die cut a Thanks word out of black cardstock and heat embossed “for your kindness” in white onto black card. I also added a couple of sequins and a glossy accents drop to the center of each orchid. By the way, I only used two layers to stamp these flowers today, although the stamp set has three. I always try to find ways to make my flowers unique and skipping a layer seems like a good idea.

Gray Orchids Thanks for your kindness card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I’m sure you’ve made mistakes like that in the past too. What have you learned from them? Share below!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, if you are looking for more inspiration using Color Layering Orchid stamps – I have one more card on my blog today. Have fun stamping!

yana-sig

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