Sketch Two Ways – A Case of the Mondays

The cards I have for you today were based on a sketch by Julee Tilman. I love using card sketches as a basis for creating. I was talking to some other demonstrators this weekend at the Stampin’ Up! On Tour event. We all agreed that sometimes it’s easier to be creative when there are constraints. Some of us have so many supplies or papers or stamp sets that it can be challenging to decide where to begin. So today, I’m beginning with a sketch that you can see on Pinterest. If you follow me, I have a ton of sketches saved on my Paper Craft Patterns board. But let’s talk about the cards.

The Art Gallery Card

Card based on a sketch using the Fine Art Floral DSP and Art Gallery stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The first card I have for you uses the Fine Art Floral DSP as the base layer on top of So Saffron card stock. Then I added three layers of contrasting DSP. The first is the horizontal banner in Terracotta Tile. The second is a 2-1/2″ square in So Saffron. And the last is a 3/4″x4″ strip in Calypso Coral. For those three layers, I used what I had in my scrap pile. I was mostly concerned about the colors and that the patterns varied in type—such as not all dots—and scale or size. The contrast with a coordinating color palette makes this card “work.”

For the embellishments, I used the two-step floral image from the Art Gallery stamp set inked in Pool Party. The first stamp, the base layer, is a second-generation image. The second accent stamp is the full-strength ink. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Terracotta Tile. Both are cut out with the matching die set. I added a few gold glitter gems from my stash for a final touch of sparkle.

If you love the Fine Art Floral DSP, order before the end of May as it retires in June. The Terracotta Tile In-Color is also saying goodbye at the end of this month. Don’t miss out.

The In Good Taste Card

Card based on a sketch using the In Good Taste DSP and Rooted in Nature stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Here is the same card, but different. I started with a card base of Very Vanilla and a layer of the In Good Taste DSP. This paper pack is amazing, and it will be in the new catalog as well. I’m thrilled.

For the banner, I used a wood grain from the same paper pack. The square is from the World of Good DSP pack. It has a faint script to it, like aged parchment. To add some contrast to all this heavy, neutral-colored textured DSP, I added a strip of copper foil. I love that touch of bling, even on what might be considered a more “masculine” card.

For the embellishments, I used a tree stamped in Mossy Meadow from the Rooted in Nature stamp set and die-cut with the matching die. (This stamp set and die is also on the retiring list.) The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso.

I hope you’ll give this sketch a try in your craft room. Play with contrasting colors, patterns, and finishes. Let me know what you come up with. Happy crafting.

CASE-ing Christmas Cards

For the past couple of years, I’ve participated in a Christmas Stampathon group on Facebook. Last year I got sidetracked and didn’t complete all the challenges. Big mistake. Huge. I didn’t have all my holiday tags and cards ready to go. So, I recommitted this year and I’ll share the cards with you. For the most part, I use my scraps and retired products for these challenges which also helps clear the craft room. Never a bad thing. You can join the group online, it’s run by a wonderful demo who is super supportive and friendly, or you can take your inspiration here and play along behind the scenes.

The CASE Image and My Cards

To CASE a card, I like to look at the elements. This card has a color base, a bit of texture on the white background, five strips of color, a central die-cut image, a sentiment, and some gems. I stayed pretty literal to this equation and played more with style.

Rustic Moose

In the first one, I went rustic. I used the Birch background with Cinnamon Cider ink on the Very Vanilla base to create the texture. And I gave our Merry Moose a bright red scarf to bring out some of the color in the DSP strips. The copper medallion, heat embossed sentiment, and mirror embellishments added a bit of holiday sparkle.

Monochromatic Sleigh

The Cherry Cobbler sleigh card is nearly monochromatic. I used an embossing folder on the Very Vanilla card stock to add the texture. The sleigh and the sentiment are heat embossed in gold and I used a few Gold Glitter enamel dots for the sparkle. One thing I wish I had done differently was to use the opposite side of the embossed snowflake. It would have made the card assembly easier.

Sparkly Tree

The third card uses a background from a summer Paper Pumpkin kit. I added a mix of silver foil DSP and matte grays. The Shaded Spruce tree is from the In the Woods dies. I added a bit of white/glitter heat embossing to the edges of the branches. I did a combination on the sentiment of silver heat embossing and die-cutting. The “Holidays” is actually two die cuts—Silver foil and Shaded Spruce—layered on top of each other. I went all out with gems, a star and silver pearls on the tree, snowflakes on the background. I call this my More is More card.

Clean and Simple

Which meant my last card had to be a less is more. I got out some very retired Washi tape. Added a stamped ornament from the recent Christmas Gleaming set, and some gold braid and glitter enamel dots. The sentiment is stamped right on the card base in Cherry Cobbler.

This is a great layout no matter what the occasion. I could see creating a super fun birthday card for example.

Hope you are inspired to create something today. Happy crafting.

Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

The Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin kit would have been perfect for party invites if we weren’t all locked down due to the health situation. But that didn’t stop the kit from being fun, gorgeous, and filled with things to reminds us how good life is even when it’s not perfect. Fireflies, lanterns, fireworks—love them all. And the backgrounds are so stunning, they are calling for creativity. If that wasn’t enough, there was an add-on kit available with card bases and lined envelopes. I was inspired by other crafters and dug into my stash including past Paper Pumpkin scraps to come up with some great ideas to hopefully inspire you.

Side note: Because these are postcard style cards, you may be tempted to mount them all on a card base like I did with the carousel card, but you don’t have to. They have an envelope, so pen a quick note to someone you’ve missed seeing and drop it in the mail. They will love getting it!

Sparkling Alternative

This alternative is easy and fun. I used some white sparkling embossing powder with the stamp from the kit. The invitation lines became the sticks. I used Highland Heather ink for the sentiment. The super cute stars were the perfect final touch.

Repurposed Bag

For this next alternative, I cut down one of the bags to a 3-1/4″ square. I used a piece of Pineapple Punch card stock cut just slightly smaller behind it. Any yellow, glitter paper, or your favorite color would work. I added several star images stamped in Calypso Coral and the sentiment from the kit in the same color. For a couple of final embellishments, I added the pre-punched stars from the kit on Dimensionals and a gold faceted gem.

Birthday or Congratulations

I loved the tags in this kit. If you love them too, check out the Tasteful Labels dies in the annual catalog. This card focuses on the elegant tag. I used my retired Birthday Jubilee stamps in Highland Heather and the Floral Essence stamps and punch to create the flower. It’s all tied together with the color palette. For the final touch, I used a Dark Petal Pink Blends marker to color the pearls.

Holiday Card

Last one for this post—a Christmas card. I love making holiday cards all year round. I have a fantastic stash ready to send on December 1 and I’m often surprised by the variety and get to revisit my year of crafting. This card uses pieces from our last holiday Paper Pumpkin boxes back in November (which feels like 82 billion light years ago – but was only months). I used silver heat embossing for the sentiment. The star is from our current kit. If you don’t have trees or dies or stamps to create trees, use ornaments or snowflakes. Anything you add to these backgrounds is guaranteed to be gorgeous.

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