FOMAM! (Fear of Making a Mess)

Have you ever been nervous about trying something because you were worried about the amount of mess it would result in? It doesn’t have to be related to crafting. Even cooking or some other task!

I have. LOL

I’m a worrier, and a good one, too! And I’ve often steered clear of doing things that might result in a mess, be it cooking something complicated, or making a card using things like alcohol inks or glimmer or texture pastes.

I saw so many posts on Instagram where people used glitter / glimmer pastes and I thought they were beautiful, and I ordered the Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste as soon as I saw the posts! I’ve had it in my drawer for around 5 – 6 months. I kept thinking that I should use it, but I was worried about the cleanup I’d have to do after using it. I kept thinking about how the paste would get on the stencils, and the craft mat / whatever I did the work on, and the palette knife, not to mention my fingers! And I was like, “Ain’t nobody got the time to clean that up!” But I decided I stalled long enough. I thought, “Big deal if there’s a mess, I’ll just play some card making videos on my iPad and watch them while cleaning so that it becomes more of a fun activity than a chore.”

And voila! I made this card! It was so much fun to make, and see how lovely the effect of the glitter paste was! It wasn’t hard to clean up either! I was so crazy to not have tried this sooner!



So, here’s what I did:

  1. I used distress inks (Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch) along with the Warp Speed stencil by Altenew to make the background first. The cardstock was the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cut to a size of 4.25′ x 5.5′.
  2. Then, I offset the stencil a little and spread the glimmer paste on it.
    1. Note: The Glimmer Paste will react with the distress ink and change color a little, which is beautiful, but be sure not to stick the same palette knife back into the jar, because it will contaminate it.
  3. Then, I removed the stencil and admired the beauty of the background. LOL
    • Note: Be sure to clean the stencil with warm water immediately after using the glimmer paste on it, because otherwise, it dries on the stencil and won’t come off.
  4. After leaving it out to air dry (which didn’t take long at all), I assembled the card:
    • I used the Altenew Congrats word die to cut out a bunch of the congrats die cuts using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cardstock.
    • I put maybe 3 – 4 of them together using liquid adhesive because I wanted a thick sentiment.
    • I cut the same sentiment out of gold foil cardstock this time, and layered it on top of the other die cuts. In the picture, it doesn’t look it, but it actually has a smooth, glossy finish.
    • I cut a piece of foam sheet (slightly smaller than the card front) and used it as a backing for the card front.
    • Then, I adhered the card front (background + foam on back) to the card base (which was a 4.25′ x 11′ piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock scored at 5.5′)

After doing all of the above, I admired the beauty of the glimmer paste a little longer (LOL) and then took pictures so that I could post them on Instagram. I actually posted it a few days ago, but didn’t get a chance to write the blog post until now.

Dude, I just scrolled up and realized I typed up a lot! I hope I didn’t bore you! If you’ve made it this far and are still here, please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts or if you have any FOMAMs, or any fears in general! I’d love to see your comments! 🙂





Author: Stamp All The Things!

Hi there! Thank you for visiting! My name is Sphoorti. I know it's a hard name, so you can call me "Sporty", which is what a lot of people do (LOL). When I was in school, I'd know when the teacher was about to call on my name because he/she would pause and start saying, "I know I'm going to butcher this name...." Haha! I'd change my name to make it easier for everyone, but I love its meaning in my native language, which is "inspiration". I'm originally from South India, but I currently live near Los Angeles, CA and have been in the US for around 15 years (4 of which were when I was a teenager). When I was a teenager, I used to make my own cards. By "cards", I mean pieces of printer paper folded in half with confetti and stickers glued onto them, and sentiments written out with Gelly Roll pens. I'm not sure why I stopped (might have had something to do with my family moving back to India around that time), but in December 2016, I rediscovered the wonderful world of cardmaking and have been in love and hooked ever since! I was drawn to all the card drives that companies / other people have (for example, the Caring Hearts Card Drive (by Vera Yates), and the Altenew Celebrating Parents card drive), and have been spending a lot of my free time mass producing cards for them. Oh, and I just came across a new card drive called Cards for Little Hearts, and it's for the Nationwide Children's Hospital who are looking to send Birthday and Graduation cards to patients and I can't wait to start making cards for them as well. My day job is in Software - I'm a consultant. Not sure how I ended up here either, because my original dream was to become a pilot, but when I took the introductory course, I learned that my feet wouldn't reach the pedals because I'm too short. So, there went that dream! (I'm 5' tall in case you're wondering. :) ) My future goals as far as cardmaking goes include having my own YouTube channel, and also designing my own stamps (for which I'll need to learn new tools such as Adobe Illustrator - you'd think I know how to use this tool already being in the software field, but nope!). I've had a number of good ideas but I'm still looking into how to go about making / selling stamps. Oh, and one my goals was to start my own blog, and it looks like I'm about to reach that goal right now. Yay!

6 thoughts on “FOMAM! (Fear of Making a Mess)”

  1. Not bored at all! I love the card and how you explained the process! I especially love how you linked to the supplies used. If they are not affiliated links, I think it’d be good to look into that.

    I have a small space so I can relate to not making a mess. I have to clean up between each “major” process so it can be a pain but in the end, I don’t have a huge mess to clean up.

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    1. Awww, thanks, Jude! ❤ I actually did not use affiliated links, but when I checked out the blog stats yesterday, I noticed that some people did click on the links, so you're right – I definitely should look into that!! 🙂

      I hear you about the small space. We need the Jennifer McGuire craft room, man! LOL! I do the same thing with the clean up between the major processes when it comes to stuff that will get messy. Like, embossing powders or the texture paste thing. But with die cuts and stamps and stuff, I just keep doing it and don't clean till the end. Easy during, but definitely not easy to clean up at the end!

      Maybe we should rent a studio and use it JUST for crafting. Hahaha!


    1. You know, I washed my stencils immediately after using the texture paste with warm water, but some of it had already dried. I think I might have taken too long while spreading it. It’s either that or I was in the bathroom next to the sink while doing this so that I had easy access to water, and it was around 100 degrees that day, and my bathroom doesn’t have AC. LOL!

      The paste that dried was on top of the stencil on the flat parts, and not so much the cut out design parts. So, when I used the stencils again, they still worked and didn’t have any problems. Hope this helps! 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment and for following me! ❤


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