Are you participating in the current Stay Crafty with Hero sketch challenge?
Sometimes my inspiration for a card starts with a new stamp or a new die, but other times, I love starting with a card sketch. I enjoy the challenge of recreating the layout with my existing supplies and I love exploring different ways to interpret the design. Today I’m sharing a pair of birthday cards that I made using the challenge sketch.
For my first card, rather than layering a paper strip onto the background, I decided to create a colorful strip on a piece of Dove White cardstock by masking a vertical stripe, the same width and position as in the sketch, and then applying vibrant ink colors to the area. I applied Taffy, Creamsicle, Lemon Drop and Green Apple Reactive inks and then splattered the ink with water to resemble confetti. Once dry, I secured the panel to a Meadow card base, leaving a narrow border as suggested in the sketch.
The card sketch also includes a rectangle panel behind a die cut shape near the center of the card. Since this panel is positioned partially over the background strip, I decided to use a vellum panel so that I wouldn’t fully obstruct the background color. I used the Nesting Rectangle Infinity Die closest in size to the sketch to cut the vellum.
In lieu of the single die cut shape suggested in the sketch, I stamped and die cut a few images. I used Intens-ified Black ink to stamp a dachshund and a balloon from the Birthday Paw-ty set and a gift box from the From the Vault Birthday set. I used the matching Frame Cuts and small scissors to quickly cut around the images. After coloring the shapes with markers, I secured them to the vellum panel with adhesive.
Next, using Embossing & Watermark ink and white embossing powder, I embossed a sentiment from the From the Vault Birthday set, onto a small panel of Pitch Black cardstock that I positioned on the vellum panel, using the sketch as a placement guide. I also stamped a trio of colored stars from the Surprise Gift set and cut around them with the coordinating die. I added a pair of green enamel dots before securing the panel to the card with foam tape.
Using many of the same supplies, I made a second sketch-inspired card. To create the background, I stamped the large Wish Big Peek-A-Boo Parts stamp with Moss ink onto a trimmed strip of Meadow cardstock. Then, I secured this strip between panels of Dove White and Kiwi cardstock on a card base, creating a tricolored background.
For the rectangle element of the sketch, I applied Taffy and Creamsicle ink onto a piece of white cardstock, splattered it with water, and then used one of the Tag Infinity Dies to cut a tag. I tied a small bow through the hole and secured the tag to the card with foam tape. Similar to my first card, I stamped, die cut and colored a collection of birthday images and a punny, embossed sentiment from the Birthday Paw-ty set.
I had so much fun making these cards, I hope that you’re inspired to use this sketch to create a card or two. We’d love to see the creative ways that you’ve used the layout as a starting point for your card designs. There’s still time to join the current challenge. Entries can be submitted until Thursday, June 11 at 5:00 pm PT to be eligible for the $35 gift certificate giveaway.
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