When you are stamping, do you insist on perfection? Do you expect your finished cards to be without blemish? I encourage you to take a different look at this and reconsider.
In a world where so many everyday items are mass produced overseas, receiving something custom-made has much more value than ever before. That little smudge of ink is sometimes the clue that confirms the authenticity that this card was indeed handmade.
Now, I’m not saying it’s always easy to let a little smudge pass through your personal quality control inspection. I’m just saying that the times I have handed cards directly to friends and watched them open up and view the card, I have more than once seen their eyes fall on the imperfection and immediately follow it up with a surprised sounding “You made this card, didn’t you?”
To insure my loved ones positively know that my cards are made especially for them, I often put their first names on them. Stamping individual letter stamps to form their first name is quite often where I demonstrate my imperfection. It is easy to smudge ink or be inconsistent with the spacing between the letters. That’s when I talk to myself and convince myself to leave it, because that will be the seal of authenticity that this was handmade especially for them.
Still need convincing? I sometimes giggle to myself while imagining my card being inspected on “The Antique Roadshow.” Can’t you just imagine the inspector saying, “ah yes, this is an authentic handmade card and by this smudge of ink, we can tell that.”
Another aspect of this is my desire to have my card-making time be relaxing and fun. This should a sanctuary when you can be free to be more child-like and free from rules, than in most other aspects of your life. Being in a relaxed space while you stamp will help you feel more creative and have more fun. This was the experience I had recently that led me to turn a tree stamp into turkey feathers for an adorable Thanksgiving Card.
So, I encourage you to remember how it feels to open a card made especially for you by someone’s hands. Don’t let your quest for perfection restrict you. I say step up your game and challenge yourself to make even more handmade cards for those you love and the next time you’re giving one out with an obvious imperfection, smile inside and whisper to yourself, “Sorry, Not Sorry.”
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