Last week’s debut of the Global Design Project was absolutely amazing. Not only were there fireworks, parade drums to accompany the around-the-world celebrations, but LOTS of talented paper crafters played along with the challenge. What an amazing turnout! As it so happens, the non-seasonal color combination of Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron was quite the hit. With all the participants, the gallery was filled with gorgeous, soft projects. Kudos, all, and congratulations to the winners of that challenge – you can see them here.
The Global Design Project is back again this week with a sketch challenge – and I love this one as much as the last. With a sketch, you can make just about any type of card – baby, birthday, congratulatory. I really wanted to use some of the new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog, so I went with a Christmas-themed thank you card. Here’s my card for GDP002:
And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Honoring the Sketch. This sketch (created by my talented friend Louise Sharp) includes a little heart in the lower, right portion of the circle. As a general rule with challenges, you can change up the shape if you like. You might think I totally disregarded Louise’s work (I would never do that), but look closer. I added the sentiment, a small “thanks,” on the banner that touches the lower portion of the circle. That thanks is my substitute for the heart. The sentiment is a part of a longer sentiment from Sparkly Season stamp set that says “give thanks.” I masked the sentiment to just showcase “thanks.” If you missed my video about isolating images on a stamp, you can watch it here.
- Coloring. There’s so much joy to be found in coloring! To color the nutcracker and his festive packages, I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to paint on a clear acrylic block. I pulled the ink from the block with a Blender Pen to achieve a light coat of ink. I shared this technique in my video yesterday (if you missed it, you can see it here), along with two other ways to paint with a Blender Pen.
- Color Inspiration. I love the pairing of colors in this Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper. The Real Red and Mossy Meadow are very traditional colors for Christmas, but the addition of Pacific Point and Pool Party make these colors fun and new again. If you like this combination of colors, feel free to save this:
Stamp Sets: Sparkly Season Papers: Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla Inks: Archival Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Stampin’ Write Markers (Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Crumb Cake) Accessories: 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Blender Pen, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to The Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!