I love sketch challenges because they provide the structure for a card but leave the theme, colors and patterns to the creator – these challenges simply remove one of the design elements. On the one hand, this relieves a little bit of design pressure. On the other hand, there’s added pressure to respect the sketch designer’s vision. Today’s project is based on the Pals Paper Arts 153 Sketch Challenge, a layout by Margaret Moody.And here’s Margaret’s sketch:
When I first saw Margaret’s sketch, I was puzzled about how to treat the the main panels on the sketch. I knew I wanted bold patterns (there are so many in the Spring Catalog and Sale-a-Bration that I’ve not yet used), but I also knew I didn’t want to include three panels of bold, different patterns. I wasn’t in my craft room when I wanted to design the card, so I played around with My Digital Studio. That allowed me to really play around with the DSP without wasting a scrap of paper. I created this card:
MDS is a great resource for making projects you want to print or have printed by Stampin’ Up!’s print center (did you know that the printing prices are really, really low? – I received a package of cards I printed for a friend last week – they’re lovely). But, MDS is also a great resource for designing a project, playing around with shapes and sizes and patterns while not wasting a scrap of paper or ink.
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Paper Card: Stamp set: Vintage Verses (Sale-a-Bration) Papers: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper Inks: Cherry Cobbler Accessories: Window Frames Framelits, 3/16″ Neutrals brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals
MDS2 Card: Stamps: Creative ElementsCreative Elements, Designer KitsGet It DoneGet It Done – fun things Punches: 1.25 Square Punch, 1.25 Circle Punch, ExtrasFlag Punch, Tall Heart Punch Papers: Designer Series Paper_Designer KitsParker’s Patterns – designer series paperParker’s Patterns – 1
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you’ll make a project of your own to enter in the Pals Paper Arts challenge.
Good things are starting. The Charter Members of “My Stampin’ Clubhouse” have been identified, and the club is set to start March 1. How exciting is that?! I’m happy to start a new club at anytime, so please let me know if you are interested by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good things are coming to an end. I’ve been offering Spring Catalog DSP swatch books since early January. I’ll soon be discontinuing them, so please order them now if you are interested! Click here to learn more and to order them.