Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Around The World On Wednesday January Blog Hop Sketch Challenge

Welcome to the Around the World January Blog Hop as we start off the New Year with a Sketch Challenge. Our amazing Design Team will be sharing their projects and ideas to help spark your creativity for 2024. With the launch of the new January-April 2024 Mini Catalog and 2024 Sale-a-bration Catalog, there are so many possibilities to explore.
With today's sketch, I decided to create several different layers to create the look I wanted for my finished card design. I chose to use the beautiful Stippled Roses stamp set from the January-April 2024 Mini Catalog and paired it with the coordinating Softly Stippled Designer Series Paper that you can earn free during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying order. 
When I first saw the Stippled Roses stamp set, I thought it would be perfect for creating a vintage style card design. I chose to use Gold embossing powder for the focal image and the sentiment to give that worn, antique feeling. The beautiful designs in the Softly Stippled Designer Series Paper also fit with this theme, I cut two card fronts from the same sheet and then cut them both in half diagonally (in the same direction). I then flipped one of the pieces from one card front to match up with the opposite side of the other card front, to give the two design background. (This actually gives you enough to create two complete card fronts with this design.) I realized after I had cut the designer series paper that my diagonal was going in the opposite direction than the sketch, so I just flipped the sketch so that the banner and bow would be on the opposite side to the sketch. In the end, I think I like how it worked out better with the mistake. 
Products Used:
Stippled Roses stamp set (item #162657)
Nested Essentials Dies (item #161697)
Sending Dies (item #159271)
Softly Stippled Designer Series Paper (item #162975)
Pebbled Path Cardstock (item #161722)
Gray Granite Cardstock (item #146983)
Petal Pink Classic Ink Pad (item #147108)
Soft Sea Foam Classic Ink Pad (item #147102)
Gray Granite Classic Ink Pad (item #147118)
Versamark Pad (item #102283)
Metallics Embossing Powders (item #155555)
Gold & Silver 1/8" Trim(item #161633)
Small Blending Brushes (item #160518)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Mini Glue Dots (item #103683)
Pebbled Path Cardstock
Card Base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Banner die cut with the Nested Essentials Dies 
Sentiment Label die cut with the Sending Dies
Gray Granite Cardstock
Focal Layer - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Softly Stippled Designer Series Paper 
2 pieces - 5 1/4" x 4" both cut diagonally (one half flipped over to line up with the other half)
It's difficult to photograph this card design because the Gold embossing catches the light and makes it hard to see all the detail. For the main focal panel, I heat embossed the large roses image onto the Granite Gray cardstock and then added soft color to the center of the roses with Petal Pink Classic ink and Soft Sea Foam Classic ink to the leaves, using the Small Blending Brushes. I wanted the edges of the panel to appear worn and aged, so I added Gray Granite Classic ink around the edges of the panel with a Small Blending Brush. For the background layer, I attached the pieces of designer series paper to the Pebbled Path card base, leaving a small gap between the diagonal seam to allow the Pebbled Path cardstock to show through. I attached the focal panel to the center of the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up and add dimension to the design. I die cut a banner from Pebbled Path cardstock using the Nested Essentials Dies and added it to the right side of the focal panel, attaching it with Stampin' Dimensionals along the top edge to the card base. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the image with Gold embossing powder onto Pebbled Path cardstock and then die cut it with the long thin sentiment die from the Sending Dies set. I attached the sentiment to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals along the bottom of the focal image towards the right side. To complete the card design, I tied a small bow with the Gold 1/8" Trim and attached it to the banner with Mini Glue Dots. I love how this card turned out and I think it is a good interpretation of this month's sketch.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to give this Sketch Challenge a try and see what you can create. It's a wonderful way to help spark your creativity and step outside your comfort zone using products you already own. Just think of all the creative possibilities to explore. 
Now it's time to visit Theresa's blog to see what she has created with this month's Sketch Challenge. Just click on the Next button to visit her blog or use the Roll Call list to find your way along our blog hop. We would appreciate 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
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  1. Hey Tricia, love the gold embossing with the hint of colour. And the colours you have selected are very vintage. Great take on the sketch! xx

  2. Love the gold embossing! Very pretty!

  3. What a pretty interpretation of this sketch!

  4. Embossing the roses gives the design a rich look. :-)

  5. the embossing of the roses is just beautiful! great card for the sketch

  6. Love the vintage look of your card Tricia. The embossing is striking. x

  7. Love how you mirrored the sketch, Tricia. The gold embossing of this image is gorgeous. x