I listened to the kind advice from my dear blog friend Sylvia - plenty of water, fruits and rest, and I can already tell I am making some improvement today, thanks Sylvia!!!
If you remember I had a 500 cards project days before Christmas, well, it is my biggest order, and it is an important one, as the card I made actually went to some high government officials back home in Singapore, including our Prime Minister, so it is THE order that I pretty much love to have even though I do not enjoy making 500 of the same thing.
Here's the story -
The order came in on a Thursday night, I accepted it almost immediately and need to make as many sample cards as possible in an hour or two, I put away all things and whipped up 7 cards, I am showing a few. When I made those sample, I told myself, I need to make something that I am able to find supplies easily, it is Christmas weekend and I only have 3 days for this project, it needs to be flat with no heavy bulky embellishment.
here's card # 1
card # 2
card # 3
card # 4
card # 5
not showing # 6 and 7 as I don't even like them myself
Realizing I made some mistakes on the sample by using the color RED as it is not suitable for that particular event.
The buyer pick the first card but want a different color, no red, no pink.
I then made card # 1 with blue
but they requested blue dots on cream base and cream card, so this was followed ...
ok, they accepted so I got the job.
I started immediately, and not long after that, I learn my mistake!!!
This card has a stamped background, when I made the sample, I am thinking if I have a stamped background, I do not have to worry about supplies, 500 cards, boy, I won't be able to get it done over the christmas weekend and sent out my order on Monday, which is the deadline for this project. I basically have 3 days to work on 500 cards. Little that I know this stamped background is a stupid choice of mine.
Now, the polka dots are clear stamp image, I need to stamp 5 times (2 rows of dots each time) to get one card done, 5x500, I need to go over the same action 2500 times to get it done, and this is not counting if I make mistake on one row and had to start all over on a new piece of paper.
ok, I am using this the dew drop ink pad in blue
on this clear stamp from PTI (the 5th one from the top)
can you imagine how many time I have to dapped that tiny ink pad onto the clear stamp to get 2 rows of dots? I can't even tell, my fingers all end up sored after I don't know card # WHAT?
Anyway, what i am trying to say here is, when I know it is a 500 cards project, I should not provide a sample that needs that much work, especially it is a job need to be done in 3 days! ok, I learn that lesson after 500 cards (552 to be exact because I picked out 52 cards that I wasn't happy with, and make another 52 to make up the number.
My sewing machine actually broke along the way, so that is one thing I won't use on a 500 cards project too!
We all learn something everyday don't we?
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