Unfortunate Color Choices

Swallowtail, Happy Happenings, Stampin' up!

Not the best color or stamp placement choices.

You know how sometimes you get a great idea in your head, but when you put ink to paper it doesn’t quite come out the way you planned? That’s what happened with my unfortunate color choices and placement here.

I love the way the Pacific Point Swallowtail looks on the Whisper White card stock. It was very bold and fresh. I spritzed a little ink refill and rubbing alcohol over the top left and middle of the card. I’m not sure what color it was; it was left over from another project.  And then I thought, “OH, let’s add some Rich Razzleberry Gorgeous Grunge splatters, because I have a lot of Rich Razzleberry card stock; I can use that for a card base!”

After the first splatter or two, I realized I had made a serious miscalculation. I thought, “Hmmm. Those look a little like blood splatters. Perhaps it will get better if I add more.” It did not get better. It did not look like a happy, celebratory card. It looked like someone had shot the poor butterfly. And the sentiment – from Happy Happenings, and isn’t that ironic? Because this is anything but happy for that poor butterfly – just made it a little more threatening. “Today’s the day, butterfly. You’re swimming with the fishes.”

But, wait! Maybe I was overreacting. I showed the card to Jon. “What do you think when you see this card?” He looked at it for about two seconds and replied, “Looks like someone shot that butterfly.”

Jon is one of those people with a rather quirky sense of humor, so I solicited another opinion. “Mike, what do you see when you look at this?” (Oh, right – like Mike doesn’t have a quirky sense of humor? That’s where Jon got it.) He did look at the card a bit longer, but his reply? “Is it supposed to look like someone was shooting the butterfly?”

Either we have a really sick family, or this is just a poor plan for a card. So I redid it.

Swallowtail, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!

Better, but I’m not sure about Rich Razzleberry for the Swallowtail.

I like the Pacific Point splatters behind the Swallowtail, but I’m not sure about the Rich Razzleberry image. Any suggestions for a better color? (And, you notice I changed the sentiment! “Congrats, Butterfly! You came back from the dead!”)

The original card, of course, will go to my friend Susan. She has a birthday coming up, and, due to an unfortunate encounter with a swarm of butterflies, she’s not a huge fan of them. So maybe she’ll get a kick out of seeing one used for target practice. Or maybe not. But since she sent me a “road kill” card a few years ago (long story, and it has nothing to do with my living in the South and her being a Northerner), she’s getting the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day – and may all your color choices be wise. (Why am I thinking of White Christmas now?)




About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Unfortunate Color Choices

  1. Ginger says:

    A delightful post. So glad to see other stampers have questionable outcomes too. I think your friend will love the card. As regarding color- I’m on an orange kick. And glitter is a must!

    Liked by 1 person

    • buffycooper says:

      I was going to add some Dazzling Details, Ginger! But I needed to get it photographed and didn’t have time for it to dry. I’ll probably add it now, just to add insult to injury. Poor butterfly. I’m thinking the orange (maybe Tangelo Twist…) will be a good choice with the Pacific Point butterfly. Hmmm….Stay tuned!


  2. Susan Horr says:

    As soon as I saw the card, even before reading it, I knew you had massacred, I ean created another butterfly for me! You have to love that blood splatter stamp set!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Tammy says:

    Could be red wine splatters 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Carol says:

    I almost spit out my Diet Coke reading this! That poor unfortunate butterfly.

    Liked by 1 person

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