Sketch for Scraps and Coloring

Sketch based greeting card that uses a coloring book page and DSP tied together with a color scheme.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was spectacular. I love spending time with my family, and I was able to see a dear friend I haven’t seen in person in over a year. It doesn’t get better than that. Speaking of not seeing friends and family, this card is a design I’m using for some cards I’m donating to Operation Gratitude. You may recall that my Paper Pumpkin craft group makes Christmas Cards for this organization. This card is more of an all-occasion card someone could use to write back home.

The Scraps and Coloring Collide in a Card

I started this card with a sketch and the idea that I could use one of my Japanese coloring book pages as the primary patterned paper. Do you color? It’s relaxing, but I’m left with these gorgeous pages I’m not sure what to do with. The cherry blossoms inspired the color scheme and helped me tie together the pieces and parts of the sketch.

First, I used a Crumb Cake base. Then I layered on my piece of coloring book. Next, I took several scraps in the theme colors of soft brown and pink and also floral for the layers. The base is a 2.5″ circle, then a 2.5″ square. Only the edges of the square peek out in this layout. The next layer is a 1″x4″ strip. I used the Beautiful World DSP scrap that I had in my stash. The final layer is a 1.25″x4″ strip of DSP in Rococo Rose.

The tag was part of the Everything is Rosy product medley. Yes, I still have pieces of that in my stash. The metallic edge gave a touch of sparkle. If I hadn’t had that, I could have heat embossed the sentiment for the same effect. The sentiment is from the Waterfront stamp set that is retiring in a few days. Isn’t it great?

Lastly, I added two punched flowers with a sequin in the center. I’m hoping the sequins hold up better than rhinestones and pearls in the shipping process.

I enjoyed using the beautiful coloring page in this card. I know it is truly one of a kind. See what’s in your creativity cave and take some time to “Ink up!”

Gift Toppers with Memories and More Cards

Memories and More cards can be used for greeting cards, pocket scrapbooking, and now, something else. I mentioned before that I’m participating in the Christmas Challenge Stampathon. This month, the challenge involved creating gift toppers. True confession time: I’m not a great gift wrapper. But after making these festive flower-based gift toppers, I’m motivated to have lovely wrapping in December. Because I’ve never made anything like this before, I started with my Christmas-themed Memories and More cards and the largest dies I own.

The Toppers

Gift toppers made by DayInkers using Stampin' Up! Memories and More cards as the base.

This challenge was a great opportunity to use what I had in my stash. After I cut the Memories and more cards using Stitched Rectangles and other dies, I had a large, firm base for adding layers. I used a combination of heat embossing, die cuts, and punches.

For the upper left topper, I used heat embossed roses, markers, die-cut leaves, and the blending brush with Merry Merlot ink for the top rose. The base rose images are colored with Stampin’ Write markers in Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot, and Blushing Bride.

I used the First Frost stamp set with the Poppy Parade topper. To dress up my flowers, I added some gold leafing. The die-cuts are in Pretty Peacock.

For the Holly topper, I used lots of die cuts in Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and glitter paper for my flowers. Glitter is always messy, but what’s Christmas without glitter?

The last topper has a punched poinsettia using the Brass foil paper. I hadn’t considered making a metallic flower before this challenge, but I love the result.

Memories and more cards are available in the new catalog. This year, I will try to improve my gift wrapping game by adding fun, fancy gift toppers. Do you prepare early for Christmas? Are you a fancy package wrapper? What’s in your stash?

Happy crafting!

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.