Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Happy Accident

It's often said about crafting that "there is no such thing as a mistake, just a happy accident" and I'm sure that like me you groan in despair thinking of all the mistakes you've made that were anything BUT happy. But today's mistake really DID turn into a happy accident.

I'd been thinking about what to mane for my next FoilPlay DT post,  and thought about some old sheets of medium sized glue dots that I've had lurking around my craft stash for years. I thought that by applying the whole sheet to a piece of background card and then foiling it, I would get a neat symmetrical pattern of dots that would make an interesting background. So I chose a pretty pink topper to use with my planned background and applied my dots to some white card.

Maybe my glue dots were too old, or maybe I pressed them down unevenly, I don't know, but some of the dots didn't transfer, some came away bringing bits of the background card away and some went distorted and squishy. I was just a bout to throw the whole thing away when I had one of those "What if....." moments and decided to foil it anyway and see what it looked like.

The result was a rather interesting distressed looking panel - totally unsuitable for the design I'd planned, but definitely something interesting to work with. I emphasised the distressed effect by tearing the edges then embossing them with gold power. I could have foiled them but my gold EP is quite thick and would add extra texture to the piece. 

By now it had an interesting vintage look to it, so I picked out a few elements from a Hunkydory kit, added a doiley and some buttons and have ended up with a vintage style dressmaking themed card which has all come about as the result of my initial experiment having gone wrong!

I'm joining in with

Crafty Creations Challenges - Vintage
Crafting Musketeers - Use Buttons


Unknown said...

What a great idea with the glue dots - looks really good. A very happy accident! Great card.
Bev xx

Foil Play said...

That's gorgeous, Jane - definitely a happy accident, very shabby chic!

Fran said...

fab, love it , thank you for joining us this month over at the Crafting Musketeers , Fran (DT) xx

Unknown said...

This is such a wonderful card, love this sewing theme, it's beautiful. Thank you for joining our 'vintage' challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges and please join the new one starting tomorrow.
Anna xxx

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers.