Today I have another challenge card for you. Did you like the surprise midweek posting I had this week of the other challenge card? I haven’t done challenges in so long, and it’s time to get involved in them again, because I’m going to participate in a month long set of challenges for a card drive. As I was clearing my table for the card drive I thought I’d practice with another challenge.
This week The Inkspiration Blog is hosting a Sketch Challenge, and the sketch is very simple. Just the way I like it! But when I came to arranging the layers with the colours I had out, I came a bit unstuck. So I simplified it a bit more. The sketch that is. The card still had a lot of pretty ‘fuss’ about it.
I originally had those three panels on Rose Red card stock, but it just wasn’t working for me. So I tried a few different combos, changing the layers and the base. Nope! In the end I opted for just sponging Rose Red ink to the edges. I then tried to fit the horizonal band in behind the panels, but I decided I like that strip on the base of my panels, so I moved it. And I wanted to use the oval placement for a flourish, and as you can see it grew and grew, LOL. So, as you can see, I tweaked the sketch a bit to suit my card.
As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use my dress form die on one of the panels. I was successful in using that dress form, and also very successful in making a big mess on my desk that I just cleaned up! This happens to you, right? I had leaves cut from several shades of green. I had a reject pile of bases and layering card stock. I had more punched flowers than I needed. You know how it goes. LOL
Some of the leaves for my ‘over growth’, were stamped on. I wanted more foliage with out the extra bulk of more dies cuts. These die cut leaves are cut from THIS die and they are a great match for the stamp in size and form, and it echoes the design in the paper nicely too. The stamp is from the retired Stampin’ Up! Stem Silhouette set, the paper is Authentique ‘Uncommon’, and the greens and yellows are from the scrap heap.
I love spotty and dotty paper, one because I just like the look of the print, but I also like that I can punch out little flowers using the dots for the center. I simply align the dot into the middle of the punch area, punch, and presto a little flower with built in center. It’s a thrifty and quick way of embellishing with flowers. For me, I just like the look and it’s how I like to work.
Later today I start a month long card making marathon for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers, so I’ll have lots of cards to show you next week, and the week after, and ……. till the end of the month. And since it is a breast cancer card drive I dare say the colour pink will be most prominent. Till next time, happy crafting, or maybe even join in the card drive HERE. It’s good fun and lots of good prizes are on offer too.