Fall is my favorite time of year – the air is crisp, the colors are vibrant and good food is abundant. This post has nothing to do with food – although I do want to give a big shoutout to cornbread dressing – oh, and ooey, gooey pecan pie. I smiled just thinking about it. Anyhow, Fall weather is still too far away to start getting excited, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting prepared. Complete with Autumn colors and textures, I’m sharing a beautiful card I made with Nicole Watt’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge:
Here’s Nicole’s sketch that inspired my Thanksgiving project:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Staying True to the Sketch. I was daunted by this sketch at first. How ever would I build these panels and incorporate the circle? Step-by-step and easy does it – that’s how. I started with the circle and was excited to use my Magnificent Maple and Bracket punch (I received them in the mail on the day I designed and created this card). I was also excited to use more of my Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper. After I layered the two base panels, I was undecided about the additional layer on the right panel. A piece of card stock would be too solid, and a piece of Very Vanilla would be too plain here. After weighing the options, I decided to add a layer of Vellum Cardstock. I think it’s a nice layer here – keeps my design true to the sketch and allows the pieces of the sketch to work with one another.
- Working with Vellum. Vellum can be tricky to secure to a card front. You can easily secure the vellum with brads or tuck it under layers. I added small, delicate dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the top of the vellum and a larger amount on the left side that’s tucked under the circles. I made sure the glue (slightly visible through the vellum) would be camoflauged by the patterned paper behind it. When the right amount is used in the right places, you can’t even tell it’s there. Yippee!
- A Few Finishing Touches. The sketch calls for a little texture on the base of the top layer on the right side panel. Rather than tear the vellum, I trimmed the base of the vellum with Finishing Touches Edgelits. I also sponged the edges of the vellum with Chocolate Chip ink and a Stampin’ Sponge to better highlight the edges of the vellum cardstock.
Stamp Sets: Magnificent Maple, Tags 4 U Inks: Chocolate Chip Papers: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper Accessories: Finishing Touches Edgelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Label Bracket punch
Check out Pals Paper Arts to see the other projects with this great sketch.
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