Sunday, November 23

Day 23 - Do It Differently

It's great to find a product or technique that's easy to use and looks fabulous, but it's all too easy to get stuck in a creative rut as the same item gets used in the same way over and over again.  Sometimes it just takes a different colour or a different medium to get those creative juices flowing again, and to breathe new life into an item that might be feeling a little stale.
Here are some ideas:
Instead of always using black ink for stamping, try grey, dark brown or green.
Heat emboss in white onto a dark background.
Use your stamps as watermarks by stamping in the same colour as your cardstock.
Colour with pencils, markers, watercolours or paints.
Stamp multiple images, cut them out and piece together to build a 3D image.
Stamp directly onto patterned paper.
Stamp onto wide pieces of ribbon with oil-based inks.
Use a monochromatic colour scheme.
Colour in black and white.
Try masking.

YOUR TURN: Dig out a much used item and do something different with it.
Upload your creation here.


  1. OMGoodness these are all so cute, cute, cute! Great ideas to do something a little different! I tend to get stuck in a rut and it's so much fun to try something new!

  2. The Snowman is so sweet and two card grandios, with the withe trees.

    Greeting BAstelfeti

  3. Very cute cards! Love that snowman!)

  4. These are all adorable Beccy! This snowman is just so cute!!

  5. Thanks for the inspiration with all these lovely cards Beccy. We do get into a rut, so need this to shake us up a bit. Thank you, Ursula xxx

  6. Wonderful tips!! and amazing cards...puts excitement back into cardmaking...Thank you!!

  7. Such a wonderful idea, I love how you created so many different cards with this cute snowman.

  8. Wow Beccy, what are these 3 beautiful examples.
    I draw a lot of inspiration out there again.
    Great cards.


  9. These three card are de-lic ious!!

  10. Beccy, thanks for all the tips you gave us. I'll try them out. And I love the cards you've created, they're all so cute.

  11. These cards are very lovely. I have just finished making No 20 and 22 which I will post soon. Please don't do any more white on white challenge. Thank you for the tutorials and all your lovely samples.

  12. I love your list of ways to change things up. I do get stuck in a rut sometimes and I think I'll print your list and keep it handy and add to it as I go. Lovely creations and such fun colors and layouts. Thanks for all you do to keep us creating!

  13. Three beautiful cards. Thanks for all the tips, I must keep a record of them as they will come in very handy. It is very easy to get set in one's ways.

  14. How fabulous Becky, I adore that cute snowman with his scarf round tight, ahhh so cute!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  15. All the cards are totally adorable!

  16. Great examples of how to "change things up"! All so cute and different. Thanks for the tips!