Still in the 'follow the wandering brain' mode I set out to try another odd idea. I had gotten some new spray colors in a product sampler pack and wanted to test them out through a stencil.
CRAFT FLOP (not all the way to a fail, but definitely not great). The problem was with the sprays themselves. I had turquoise and black. Did they mist, spritz or spray? No, they snorked, blobbed and blooped. I tried spraying farther away, but that was no help. Turns out the paints were more like an acrylic than a watercolor in viscosity and transparency.
Also, I was using glossy cardstock and they were designed for 'porous' surfaces so they sat on top and did not dry well. I finally had to hit them with the heat gun to dry.
I heard in my head the well-known quilter, Bonnie Hunter, who says (regarding fabric), "If it's still ugly, you just didn't cut it small enough!" Well, the spritzed cardstock I had in hand was obviously not cut small enough because it was hideous.
So I cut out two areas that were passable and bordered them with teal. I decided to use them both on the same card and found a scrap of 'wrinkle-free distress background' left over from a precious project. Well, look at that, it has teal in it. I can work with that!
I bordered it with teal as well and popped one of the flowers up on foam tape.
I added the birthday greeting in black to go with the black in the splattered flowers. Ddd