I love “two birds with one stone” opportunities – I often combine a color challenge with a sketch or theme challenge. I always feel so accomplished. It’s rare, though, to find two sketches that are so similar that you I can create one card that meets both requirements. That’s what happened with this week’s sketches from FabFriday and Freshly Made Sketches. Yippee!! Here’s my single card that was inspired by both sketches:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Ink, Stamp, Emboss. I have always loved this stamp from A Whole Lot of Lovely, one of the host stamp sets in the 2015 Annual Catalog – it’s a bold, negative-image stamp. When you stamp it, the ink hits all of the stamp except the words, the dots and the flowers. Make sense? I inked this stamp in Night of Navy and stamped it onto Thick Whisper White. I immediately peppered the image with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool. That allowed me to color in the images with Stampin’ Write Markers without causing the inks to bleed into one another. AND – My focal image has a shiny background – can’t beat that. Fun!
- Not Just for Christmas. Do you recognize the fun shape around the layering of circles? It was super-simple! I cropped the wreath from Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies with Mint Macaron paper for a fun, textured layer (and nest) for my cropped sentiment and coordinating circles. It adds a beautiful, soft halo around the circles, don’t you think?
- Sweet Color Combination. I’m already in love with Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2018 In Colors. This card features Sweet Sugarplum. How sweet is it? The pale purple shade not only looks wonderful with other soft, sweet colors, but it pops with the deep, rich Night of Navy. If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this:
Stamp Sets: A Whole Lot of Lovely Papers: Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White Inks: Night of Navy, Stampin’ Write Markers (Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, So Saffron) Accessories: Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Hexagon punch (for banner tip), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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