Artistic Compromise

When I started out making cards, it was just an outlet for my artistic cravings that was pent up in me for so long that I never even knew I had them! Since I started turning my card fanaticism into a tiny business though (only in size not in hours spent…), I have been confronted by what I call artistic compromise.


Unless you’re a card maker or artist or otherwise artistically inclined, I realise that most people will not appreciate the work that goes into making a card. Whether its designer paper or hand painted backgrounds, the general public doesn’t see the difference. (My hubby says that I should see it as a compliment!) A friend once told me that she liked that one of my cards was crooked, as it showed that it was hand made! I also realised that most people go straight for the sentiment in the card…I used to be one of them…without paying much attention to the design.


So now, before I start making a card, especially if its a gift, I think about what most people will like and not about what I like making the most. This is probably why I started making shadow box cards. People loved them because they were different and could also serve as a home decoration. Its lucky that I really do enjoy spending hours on my computer designing them and then hand decorating them with some heat embossing or a little watercolour. I also get an extra pleasure knowing that  people are willing to pay for something I designed, its a real confidence booster!

Yet it still doesn’t satisfy my cravings to make cards that most people will not fully appreciate.  I love making clean and simple cards for example, or create my own backgrounds with stencils and inks…or nail polish, but then I think, thats not enough! Theres not enough die cuts or 3D effect or… so people won’t really appreciate it.

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This is why I am so grateful to all the card challenges out there. I can create, satisfy my cravings for new techniques, and be virtually surrounded by people who will appreciate what went into making the cards, even if its not your style of cards. (I actually find it ironic that we love doing something “old-fashioned” like card making and then spend more time in the tech world, photographing, editing and blogging about it! Lol)

I’ve also been wondering what to do with all the cards I make for challenges. Maybe we could start a Card Exchange challenge, or a platform to exchange our cards… We can then all be sure that our cards would be appreciated & treasured! The ones I’ve been lucky enough to receive from a few of you, have been put through an X-ray to examine all the different techniques you used and are up on my inspiration board! So if anyone out there knows of such a challenge or wants to start one, I’d be eager to join!

In the meantime, I’ve decided to give away the cards I make for challenges. This one is going tomorrow to a blogger friend who is going through some hard times.


Anyway, sorry for the ramblings! If you made it through to here, thanks for listening and now to the card I made.

Therese’s card over at “The Flower Challenge” has been haunting me for the last few weeks and I’ve been dying to CASE her. Seeing the heart in Uniko’s “Anything Goes with an option of Love”challenge gave me the idea how.

Using my Silhouette portrait plotter, I made a die cut from one of Uniko’s Valentine digital freebies (Beverly, I hope you make a die cut out of this, cause its gorgeous!) and inlaid it over a watercolour panel I had painted using my Tombow pens, Momento inks and Brushos. I actually wanted to use a nail polish marbling panel, but I also wanted to take part in the many watercolour challenges out there too, and I wasn’t sure if nail polish qualified as watercolour!

The sentiment from Stampendous was simply stamped with Versafine black ink to keep it nice and clean. The whole panel was cut with My Favourite Things scallop rectangle and adhered onto a kraft card stock.


I really love how the colours blended together. When my daughter saw it, she said “Wow you made that! Its awesome!” THAT really made me feel proud 😊

Thanks again for bearing with my ramblings and I would love to know your thoughts on artistic compromise.

Thanks for stopping by.


I’m also playing along with:

CAS Watercolour Card challenge cas-watercolour

AAA Cards – Watercolour aaacards

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Here’s Therese’s card I CASEd, Isn’t it pretty!  the-flower-challenge at flowerchallengecaseourguestdesigner

and Uniko’s challenge: uniko