I needed a card to send to my son-in-law who is in Korea. He works on the electronics in helicopters so I went in search of one. When I finally found one I wanted to use, my favorite sketch blog PoeticArtistry
was having another challenge. If you do a card and upload it Julee will pick a lucky winner to receive a free stamp set. I have used the set
I won last time to create a post for our blog. I am anxious to use the set again as I really like it. They have a new release that has a gorgeous set that I will have to buy if I don’t win. I just love the flowers in it. Julee posts a new sketch every Monday. Check out her blog if you find you need some inspiration for a layout. Her sketches are lots of fun and easy to do.
For this card I wanted to create a background that mimics marine fatigues as much as possible. Their fatigues are all shades of light brown. I like the geometric background stamp but need to work on my sponging a little more. What do you think?
Here is the sketch for this week along with my card.
Stamps: By Air (retired), Geometric (retired), Scenery (retired), Great Greetings (retired) Paper: Very Vanilla, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, River Rock Scrap Pads (Provo Craft) Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Handsome Hunter, Going Gray, Tea Dye (Jim Holtz Ranger Inks) Accessories: helicopter brads, dimensionals, sponges
Sorry all my stamps are retired but when you have an idea you really need to go with it. Let me know what you think. Have a great weekend. Thanks for looking!
Have you even had an idea in your mind and wondered what it would look like on paper. My card today was one of those ideas. I recently saw a card on a blog that used a lot of circles as an accent. I thought it would be fun to do a card similar to that. In bouncing it around in my head, I decided I wanted to do squares instead. I started playing with the squares on the card front and then thought it might be cool to have them interlock. Through careful placement and marking where they overlap I used the exacto knife and cut a slit in ine side so that I could slide the 2 pieces underneath the overlapped piece so they are interlocked. My card was plain so I started stamping different backgrounds and a word inside the squares (this involved using post-it notes and masking all the areas that were not to be stamped – sounds complicated but was rather easy). Afterwards I placed the butterfly in the upper corner and used a marker to place a trail. It was still too stark in the center so I took the Going Gray pad and inked the butterfly, off stamped it on scrap and then stamped on the cardstock (this creates a second generation stamping). It needed something else so I used the black marker and put dots around the outside edge. Still not happy, so I used the Sakura Stardust Gel Pen to put dots around the background cardstock. Still to plain for my liking so I used a black marker and created some doodling around the main image cardstock. Seemed to still lack some pizazz so I used the Sakura pen to put dots around the squares. Finally I was happy with the results. Hope you like it also!
Cute Converse (retired), Fresh Fillers (retired), Priceless Paper:
Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, White Ink:
Going Gray, Purely Pomegranate Accessories:
Basic Black & Going Gray markers, square punches, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen, dimensionals.
Thanks for looking!
Wow where did the day go! I did my card last night and took a picture this afternoon when the sun was shining as you get a better picture. I had every intention of posting it earlier but caught up in cutting my paper for my workshop on Wednesday and Saturday. I started this not knowing where I was going and this is what I ended up with. What do you think? Not bad huh. I created the leaves by stamping the flower on Mellow Moss with the same color ink then cutting out individual petals and gluing them on the flower to look like the leaaves.
Stamps: For a Friend, One of a Kind Paper: Pale Plum. Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss Accessories: Elegant Eggplant & Mellow Moss markers, mini twinkle stickers (Amuse – center of flowers), Sakura Stardust gel pen, dimensionals.
Thanks for looking! Have a great day tomorrow.