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!”

Boho Indigo – Two for Tuesday

Today’s cards feature one of my favorite products from the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog: Boho Indigo Product Medley. I’ve used this suite a lot because I love the colors, the distressed vibe, the preprinted pieces, and all the lovely patterns on the DSP. And that doesn’t even speak to the super cute vase stamps and matching dies! It’s just a great set. Let me show you my latest creations, one from a sketch and one inspired by the product.

A Boho Indigo Banner Sketch

I based this first card on a sketch by Kristie Marcotte on Pinterest. The Misty Moonlight base is covered with a 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ piece of the Boho Indigo DSP. The next layers of this card use the pre-embossed Very Vanilla papers. I added the 4″x4″ square to a piece of Misty Moonlight that was 1/8″ larger. For the circle, I added more Misty Moonlight cut with the Stitched Shapes circle die.

Before I added the circles to the card, I cut three banners from the Boho Indigo DSP. The banners go right to the top of the card and peek out underneath the circles, which adds a lot of interest. I considered die-cutting a vase for the leaves, but I decided to use the pre-punched banner instead with the sentiment stamped in Misty Moonlight ink. Rather than adding more embellishments, I let the leaves be the focal point. I love the accents of gold, and this card inspired me to create the next card.

The Boho Indigo Tag Card

For this second card, I started with a base of Very Vanilla. I wanted the leaves to be the star of the show, so I added the four of them directly to the base. Next, I added a layer of the Boho Indigo DSP cut to 3″x5-1/8″. Before I glued that down, I added a piece of Misty Moonlight twill ribbon. It’s a bit fussy to add the ribbon wrap without compressing the paper, but I didn’t want to add another layer of card stock underneath.

Next, I worked on the tag, which is the focal point of this card. First, I masked off the gold edges using Washi tape. In the end, this idea failed. The Washi pulled some of the gold off the tag. It’s fine for this card because the Boho Indigo has a distressed vibe, but I’d use a different medium if I tried that again. I stamped the viney leaves from the stamp set in Garden Green. It’s a third-generation image because I didn’t want it to compete with the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from Rooted in Nature in Night of Navy. I should have used my Stamparatus. Next time. To finish the tag, I added another piece of Misty Moonlight twill ribbon and tied that off with a bow in Linen Thread. I lifted the tag using Dimensionals for more interest.

One fantastic product medley, two great cards. If you love this medley as much as I do, don’t miss out. It’s retiring at the end of the month.