stamp set - Lovely as a Tree; ink - Lucky Limeade, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark; card stock - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry Whisper White; Big Shot with Argyle textured impressions embossing folder and scallop oval frame (retired), Black Stampin' Emboss powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, sponge daubers
To be specific (since I'm sure you're interested in my sad story), I started with stamping sponges, which didn't give me the coverage I envisioned. I turned the card stock over and started again, using sponge daubers. That was better, but my sponging skills still didn't provide the coverage I envisioned. Then I stamped the image in Basic Gray, and it disappeared. I got out my Stamp-a-majig and re-stamped using Basic Black. Still not quite what I had in mind, so I cleaned the stamp, re-stamped using Versamark, and embossed it. I evidently missed a spot with the Versamark impression, so I tried to pick out the missing detail with my Versamark pen. It looked blobby with the embossing powder on it, so I brushed it off and tried again. No improvement; I brushed it off. I got the Stamp-a-majig back out, used the Versamark pen on the stamp in the missing area and went from there. It was somewhat less blobby, so I went with that. Meanwhile I had smudged and wrinkled the card stock that was supposed to be clean white, so I trimmed it down and added a scallop oval frame. Sigh.
And, really? I was supposed to be designing cards for my Stamp-a-stack event, since I'll be out of town next week and the Stamp-a-stack is the day after we return. This won't be one of those cards.