While Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event (that’s the new name for Convention) is in full-swing in Salt Lake City this weekend, I’m home. When they changed the time of the event, no one check with the CPA’s of the group to see if April 15 was a good travel day. Gives me time to rest up in the evenings and get a head start on the week to come. So, there’s my consolation prize. 🙂
Mindy Backes has created a sweet sketch for this week’s Fab Friday sketch challenge. I created a beautiful sympathy card with beautiful colors. Here’s my card:
And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Stamping Off. This floral image is from Birthday Blooms – how lovely that a birthday image can be converted to a sympathy card, huh? I didn’t want the flower to pop on the page, so I stamped it off once before stamping it onto the focal panel. The oldest trick in the stamping book, right? To stamp a lighter image, I inked up the stamp, stamped it first on scrap paper and then stamped it onto this Very Vanilla panel. As such, the flowers are soft and the sentiment pops – just like I wanted it.
- Elements of the Sketch. Mindy’s sketch includes a large panel, two banners and a doily. The banners didn’t feel right on my sympathy card (I had already created the central panel and banners can seem so celebratory), so I switched them out for bands behind my flower panel. Then, there’s the doily…I don’t use them very much, and I didn’t want a big, bold image there, so I stamped a light spattering of spots from Gorgeous Grunge. You might not be able to see the element in the picture above, but it’s there. Promise. 🙂
- Color Combination. I love the versatility of Mossy Meadow (it pairs wonderfully with almost every other color), and I will miss it dearly as it retires soon. Mossy Meadow pairs perfectly with Blushing Bride – the two colors bring out the brown tones in each other. Soft and rich, this color combination is perfect for a celebration or a sympathetic greeting. If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Blooms, An Open Heart, Gorgeous Grunge Papers: Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla Inks: Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!