Black and White Sketch

I’m inspired by the Paper Players again this week. They have a beautiful sketch for their current challenge, PP447, and it helped me solidify the plans I had for a black and white card. I’m still using that 8.5×11″ stamped Whisper White cardstock. This time, I left the images plain.

The Paper Players Sketch

This sketch has great balance and can be kept simple or embellished quite easily with the addition of die cuts or layered sentiments. With just three elements, the background, the panel, and the sentiment, it is easy to create a gorgeous card in a matter of minutes. Because the elements are simple, the measurements can be kept standard too. By offsetting the panel to the right third of the card, it automatically makes the card more interesting to the eye and it’s more forgiving if the placement isn’t perfect as would be required with a symmetrical design. Let me show you what I whipped up for this sketch challenge.

My Card

I used a black and white theme for this card. I started with a base of Whisper White and added on a 4×5-1/4″ layer of black and white gingham DSP. This is from the last Sale-a-Bration catalog. Any small graphic pattern would work, such as dots or any of the Background stamps in the current catalog.

Next I cut a 2″ strip of my hand-stamped DSP that I made last week using a stamp from a recent Paper Pumpkin and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted it on a 2-1/4″ strip of basic black. Both pieces are 5-1/2″ long. I used white and black bakers twine to tie a bow around the bottom third of the panel. The assembly is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This is heat embossed in white on a scrap strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ wide. I mounted that with Dimensional as well.

Thanks to the Paper Players for a fantastic sketch. I hope you’re inspired to make a card using this layout.

Whipping Together the Sale-A-Bration Products

Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is wrapping up at the end of March. There are products available in the SAB catalogs that aren’t available anywhere else. In addition to the catalogs, Stampin’ Up! issued a list of other products from the Annual Catalog that can be selected. These products are bonus that can be selected for every $50 US of Stampin’ Up! products ordered. Today’s card highlights these bonus products.

I started with the Tea Together stamp set from the Occasions catalog. It has the lovely teapot stamp. In my mind, the perfect teapot is silver. So I used Staz-on ink with my Stamparatus to get a clean image on the Silver Foil paper. The Stamparatus makes this so easy to do with no smears. I cut out the teapot using the coordinating framelits from the SAB catalog.

Next, I wanted to use the two papers that are included in the third list of SAB products: the Petal Promenade and the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut paper. The photo quality of the flowers in the Petal Promenade paper is stunning. I love the colors in this particular sheet. I used a base of Highland Heather and then centered my two pieces of DSP.

To create the frame, I used Whisper White card stock and the Rectangular Stitched Framelits also in the Occasions catalog. I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I used Dimensionals to adhere it to the card to start creating depth. The teapot is only glued to the frame, so it floats a bit above the background.

For the sentiment, I started with a flower image from the Tea Together set and colored it in with Stampin’ Blends in Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow. I used a piece of Polka Dot Tulle for texture. The sentiment from the Lasting Lily stamp set, also a SAB bonus, is stamped in Basic Gray ink. I used Dimensionals for the that as well.

I love the three-dimensional quality to this very feminine card that could be used for any occasion. I especially love that it uses mostly free products. If you want to earn some Sale-a-Bration products, shop with me.

Notes of Kindness – Whip it up Wednesday

The Notes of Kindness kit in the Annual Catalog includes everything to make twenty gorgeous thank you notecards. The stamps, with bold sentiments, a stamping block, adhesives, and even an ink spot. The cards are beautiful and come together in minutes. They’re perfect for recognizing gift from a bridal or baby shower.

I used most of my kit for a card buffet that I held recently to make cards for our armed service members. I had some of the cards remaining, and I decided to see what I could do with them using leftover pieces from past Paper Pumpkin kits.

Friends of a Feather

The Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin had lots of leafy punch-outs. The Fresh Figs pieces complimented the succulent preprinted accent. I also used self-adhesive sequins from the kit and finally added some vellum pieces which may have come from the August 2018 box or possibly an earlier one. You know I save everything. I also stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig too.

More Vellum

I liked the vellum as an accent so much, I dug further into my stash and found some Lemon Lime Twist dyed elements and some more delicately cut elements. This card used pearls from the kit instead of the sequins. I like how the two projects are so different. The first is bold, almost masculine and this one is more airy and feminine.

Fussy Cut Flowers

I still had a card base left, but no flower cut outs. Also, I didn’t have the Soft Sea Foam sticker for the layers under the sentiment. I liked the succulent image from the other cards, and I found some retired DSP that included the perfect elements. I think this idea would work well with any good sized flower image, either cut from designer paper or stamped and then either fussy cut or die cut. I also used a strip of paper from the Tranquil Textures DSP pack. I stamped the little background image in the kit using Sahara Sand. And, even though I didn’t get my sentiment on the card perfectly straight, I’m quite happy with the results.

Kits, whether Paper Pumpkin, or from the catalog make crafting so simple. In a few minutes you can have stunning projects to make someone’s day a little brighter. Happy Crafting.

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