Saturday, May 13, 2023

Stamping Inkspirations May Blog Hop Sketch Challenge

It's Sketch Challenge time for the Stamping Inkspirations May Blog Hop and our Design Team members will be sharing their projects and ideas to help inspire you. Sketches are a wonderful way to spark your creativity, especially if you are experiencing a creative block. Think of it as a road map to guide you as you create your own beautiful projects.
It took me a little time to work out my card design for this month's Sketch Challenge. In the end, I came up with a bit of a twist on the original sketch to create a card that worked for me. I chose to use the Timeless Arrangements Bundle with the Stylish Shapes to create my card and I also used the Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder to add some texture to the design. This pretty Spring themed Thank You card has a soft and pretty color palette including Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather, Pool Party and Basic White. This card design features several different techniques including masking, sponging, both dry and heat embossing and a little die cutting. I can honestly say that this card had me stepping outside my comfort zone but I love how it turned out in the end. 
Products Used:
Timeless Arrangements Bundle (item #161526)
Stylish Shapes Dies (item #159183)
Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder (item #161473)
Fresh Freesia Cardstock (item #155613)
Highland Heather Cardstock (item #146986)
Pool Party Cardstock (item #122924)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Highland Heather Classic Ink Pad (item #147103)
Fresh Freesia Classic Ink Pad (item #155611)
Versamark Pad (item #102283)
Basics Embossing Powders (item #155554)
Pool Party 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (item #160430)]
Basic Rhinestone Jewels (item #144220)
Blending Brushes (item #153611)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Fresh Freesia Cardstock 
Card Base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Sentiment Label die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies
Highland Heather Cardstock
Large Stitched Circle die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies & embossed with the Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder
Large Label die cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies
2 Small Florals die cut with the Timeless Arrangements Dies 
Pool Party Cardstock 
4 Leaves die cut with the Timeless Arrangements
Basic White Cardstock
Card Front - 5 1/4" x 4"
When you look at this card design, you see that I used quarter circles to create the "corners" for my card design. I chose to cut the large Highland Heather Circle into quarters to create a curved version of the sketch and I love how the Countryside Blossoms embossing folder adds beautiful texture to this design. For the card front, I masked off a strip in the center and gently sponged the area with Fresh Freesia Classic ink using a Blending Brush. While the mask was still in place, I stamped the leaves and flowers from the Timeless Arrangements stamp set onto the sponged background using Fresh Freesia Classic ink. I love the tone on tone design this technique creates. I then stamped the "Thanks" image randomly on the floral background using Highland Heather Classic ink to complete the design, before removing the mask. For the sentiment label, I heat embossed the image with White embossing powder onto the Fresh Freesia Label and added it to the larger Highland Heather Label. 
To assemble the card, I attached the four quarter circles to the card front. I added a piece of Pool Party Grosgrain Ribbon around the center of the card front and added the sentiment label over the top using Stampin' Dimensionals. I added for sprigs of leaves die cut from Pool Party cardstock with the Timeless Arrangements Dies, so that the ends tucked underneath the sentiment label. I also added two small floral sprigs die cut from Highland Heather cardstock. To complete the card design, I attached the card front to the Fresh Freesia card base and added two small Basic Rhinestones to the sentiment label for a touch of bling. This is such a sweet design and I love the combination of textures and layers.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope my card design will help inspire you to give this Sketch Challenge a try. There are so many wonderful possibilities to explore using paper, ink and stamps to create your own beautiful card design. 
Now it's time to visit Mo's wonderful blog and see what she has created with this month's sketch challenge. Just click on the Next button below to visit her blog or use the Roll Call List to find your way. We would love it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop. 

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Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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  1. Such a pretty card Tricia, I love that you have rounded the corners x

  2. Love your twist on the sketch. I had a hard time too...

  3. I like your interpretation of the sketch - the "corners" work so well!

  4. Original and interesting interpretation of the sketch, bravo!

  5. Amazing interpretation of the sketch, Tricia! Love it!!! xx