Feeling Sentimental: PPA155 Sketch Challenge

Welcome to Day 7 of my week long display of the products you should be earning during Sale-a-Bration. Today’s project features Feeling Sentimental (one of my favorite items in the Sale-a-Bration brochure) and a Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge by Margaret Moody.

By now, you know I love a good challenge. Since I have already challenged myself to create Sale-a-Bration projects all week long, I decided to sit back and let this sketch do all the work. Don’t get me wrong – it did take some time to play around with different papers and colors to get the exact balance I wanted – but I stuck to this sketch as it was designed. Here’s my card:stampwithbrian.com - Feeling Sentimental

And here’s Margaret’s sketch:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Find your inspiration. The principle inspiration for this card was the combination of the ferris wheel with the ticket page from the World Spectacular Designer Series Paper. I’ve always felt they belonged together but never took the time to marry them. Along with Margaret’s sketch, I had the perfect starting points to build a beautiful card.
  • Pick three and stick with it. With a complicated layout, I always think it’s best to pick two or three colors and stick with them. You can change up the patterns or textures, but you can’t have too many colors in a detailed design. Sorry – it’s a rule, and I have to enforce it. I knew I could stamp the ferris wheel in any color I wanted, and the designer series paper I had chosen was already printed with Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso. That was two of my colors. The third color, Island Indigo, was also featured in this wonderfully faded page from World Spectacular, so I was good to go!
  • Balance the colors. Now that you have your colors chosen, it’s important to get that right balance of colors and patterns. That might mean you don’t get to use all the patterned paper you want to use, but them’s the breaks, huh? Because I wanted the tickets paper in the center and the gorgeous Island Indigo paper as the base, I knew the my #2 and #4 pieces (referencing the sketch above) had to be solid colors. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I TRIED to use other patterns from World Spectacular (one of the pages had gorgeous Cherry Cobbler and Calypso Coral stripes), but it was a no-go.

Stamp sets: Feeling Sentimental Inks: Early Espresso Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, World Spectacular Designer Series Paper

Check out my other project from this week that include Sale-a-Bration items you don’t want to miss out on:

DAY ONE: Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper

DAY TWO: Vintage Verses

DAY THREE: Pretty Petites & Petite Curly Punch

DAY FOUR: Bloomin’ Marvelous

DAY FIVE: Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack

DAY SIX: Patterned Occasions

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Check out the other projects over at the PALS Paper Arts challenge.

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  1. Very smart! Everything works wonderfully here, I see a theme and I love it!

  2. WOW, you did stick to the sketch and the result is fantastic. I love this combination of papers, they frame that main image perfectly.

  3. You’ve done a great job pairing stamped image with color and papers, Brian. The result is a fun card that makes me want to purchase a ticket and go for a ride! I’m already feeling sentimental about the departure of this stamp set. 🙁

  4. Lovely way to coordinate the “theme”!!

  5. love that stamp set 🙂 still enjoying using it so much x

  6. You rocked this sketch! I’m never sure what to do with patterned paper, so I love your “rules”!

  7. Great card and great sketch! The DSP choices are perfect! TFS

  8. Great job explaining how to use color, DSP and sketch to get such a wonderful card. Love that sketch, can’t stamp right now, broken right wrist, but will try this when back in the stamp room. I too will miss Feeling Sentimental, too short a time for its time to shine.

  9. Ticket paper, ferris wheel, ticket paper, ferris wheel – perfect combo just like our Brian and SU! LOL

  10. Sharon Broussard

    Love this card!!! I have enjoyed all the SAB cards this week!!! I need to get my sets out and use them more!!!

  11. Great card and the theme was carried out to perfection . I like this sketch and think I would like to try it so I am so glad you put some dsp pointers and mixing patterns tips . I keep thinking I really need to get that cute ticket punch …maybe my April order …maybe sooner …

  12. I do realize that you used the dsp in the center but, I still want the punch…!

  13. Great design and perfect pairing of colors and papers…that ticket paper really is fabulous and loving that you backed it all with the great blue DSP…this is my most favorite of the SAB sets…hoping SU! Will keep it, though the do not often keep SAB sets! Thanks for your art lessons and tips!

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  15. Cute card. I didn’t know what to do with that DSP, and this is a great idea.

  16. Perfection, Brian! A perfect mix of colors and patterns…and one of my favorite images!

  17. Gorgeous card, Brian! Your pairing of image and papers is perfection. Thanks for sharing with us at Pals Paper Arts this week!

  18. So, was this what you were working on in the hosp? Your amazing. Great card Brian.

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