Before I share this week’s card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I want to thank Narelle Farrugia for selecting my baby twins card as a runner-up in last week’s challenge. It’s nice to be the King of Clean, but I am just as honored to be selected as a Perfect Prince. Thanks, Narelle! You can see my selected card here.
Cindy Hall is the hostess for this week’s FMS challenge. Cindy’s sketch allows for broad design interpretation – you can make any type of card to fit this challenge. I decided to make a quick and simple Christmas Card:
- Layout. When I sat down to make this card, I wanted to make a collage card – you’ve seen them, right? My friends Justin Krieger and Debbie Crowley are experts as gathering many different images and collecting them in an untailored collage. I tried, but I did not succeed. After trimming many different images in many different colors, I decided to just go with this. I like it, but it wasn’t what I set out to do.
- Pointing to the center. Cindy’s primary design layout is a band with two strips peeking out from underneath. I went straight to the Pool Party chevron print in the I Am Me Designer Series Paper. I trimmed the paper so that the arrows on the paper would point directly to the center of the card. I added the arrows from Hello Lovely (I already had them stamped and cropped, so why not go ahead and use them?). If you notice, they also point directly to the center of the card. Thank goodness my star and sentiment are centered because that’s where your eye goes. Here’s a closeup:
- A smattering of rhinestones. With the star and sentiment centered on the Pool Party panel, I filled in some of the empty space with a random spread of rhinestones in different sizes. I typically try to line up accessories in a straight line of three, but it was liberating to spread these out over the panel. Woo hoo! Let’s hear it for getting crazy!
Stamp sets: A Banner Christmas, Simply Stars, Hello Lovely Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Whisper White, I Am Me Designer Series Paper Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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