Why Can’t I Get The Same Results?
You have just been on Stamper's Quest and saw the most beautiful card. Now you are trying to reproduce that card using the directions and techniques listed. It is just not working. Don't give up. It's may not be you, and there is hope. There are a number of factors that can and frequently do contribute to not being able to achieve the same results as the Artistic Guide. Even advanced stampers have this problem.
Please remember that first of all you are seeing the perfected results that have been achieved by practice and painstaking trial and error. Many of my first attempts at a new design or technique hit the trash can. No one will ever see them. (You and I should be very grateful for that fact, some of them were pretty awful.) When working on something new, the first attempt may be "it", but more often it is the third, fifth even the tenth that finally satisfies my inner artistic vision of what is just right. I can not tell you what that vision is, but I know it when I see it. Sometimes it is the smallest little embellishment or tweak of the design that says, "Yes, this is it!" to me. If your results please you, then you are in your "artistic zone" and that is enough.
Another big factor is the supplies used. For many of us it is impossible financially or physically have the same exact products used in the directions. All papers and inks are not the same but often you can substitute with what you have on hand and do a little tweaking and adjusting to achieve close to same results as the tutorial. Just because the directions call for such and such a brand of dye ink does not necessarily mean that you HAVE to use that brand. Remember that the Artistic Guide is usually using what they have on hand; they did not make a run to their local craft store to buy some obscure products to test your shopping skills. If one brand of ink or paper does not work, try another. This will also help you become more familiar with just what your supplies will and will not do.
There are factors such as humidity or heat that can also make a difference in how products react.
My goal, when trying something new is not to make an exact copy, but to put my personal touch to the technique or design and make it mine. This attitude also prevents a lot of frustration. Take a look at the monthly card map submissions on Stamper Quest. It is amazing to see how each artist interrupts those card maps to make their very own version. There is no right or wrong, there is only what looks good to YOU.
Bottom line - the tutorials, directions, card maps and galleries are there to stir your creative juices, to give you a starting point on making it your own unique creation. Please do not allow what I or others on Stamper's Quest create and publish dictate what you can or can not do with the ideas from these designs. Consider Stamper's Quest just a starting point. We challenge you to make each and every design presented your very own. And we would love to see what your artistic endeavors have led you to create.
So instead of asking, "Why can't I get the same results?", maybe you should be asking, "How can I make this MY version of the design?"