Delicate Doilies for Freshly Made Sketches

Happy Saturday!  I’ve really been enjoying the sketch challenges at Freshly Made Sketches for the past several months.  The team really offers great sketches that inspire beautiful cards.  This week is no different.  Here’s my card:

And here’s Linda Suarez’ sketch that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Delicate Doily Snowflake.  My card started with this Delicate Doily stamp (embossed here in White Texture Impressions Embossing Powder).  The three elements in the bottom, right corner are the center of the same doily, punched with the scallop punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  They are a perfect reference back to the large doily.
  • Color Scheme.  While I originally set out to make a black and white card, the layout really called for more color.  I tried to add in a variety of additional colors, but they were either too bold or to “bleh”.  I decided on a couple of layers of the soft and pale Pool Party and am happy for it.  It allows the black to be bold. 
  • Changing the Sketch.  Sketches provide an inspiration for a card.  As a general rule, you can flip the sketches sideways or turn them upside down.  You can even change the elements of a card as long as the inspiration is there.  While this sketch showcases a snowflake, the guidance provided by the challenge blog suggests that any shape will do.  In this sketch, Linda has designed a vertical band down the left side of the card.  While the shape is there, I turned the band into a banner.  You can still see the sketch in my card, right?  

Stamp Sets:  Delicate Doilies, Remembering Christmas  Papers:  Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Pool Party)  Inks:  Basic Black  Accessories:  Festive Flurries Framelits, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framlelits, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black)

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  1. Pretty ! Thank you for reminding me of my Itty Bitty punches . I need to get them out and use them more . I like the color combo you have chosen . Black and white would have been great ….but ,this is softer . I like the strip of silver ribbon on the black . Happy Saturday !

  2. Lovely! I really like the colors! The black remains bold, but not too bold. Pool Party was a great choice to help this stand out just right.

  3. The only word I can think of to describe this card is “sophisticated”. I mean really, doesn’t it look elegant enough to sit on a shelf in a Victorian home? The answer would be yes! LOL Great job Brian and I hope you had a fabulous holiday.

  4. Wow! This card is wonderful! That black snowflake is such a surprise and it works so well. Thanks for sharing this beauty, Brian.

  5. Gorgeous card, Brian! I love the embossed doily on the snowflake and the bitty ones on the left! The colours are perfect!

  6. FABulous! Loving the colour combo, striking yet elegant. I agree, I’m loving the sketches at FMS. Hugs Bev x

  7. Love this…. I am a doily addict, LOVE doilies!!!!! Never in a million years would I have thought to make a snowflake from them. Your a genius. Love this color combo

  8. Simply Lovely. Love everything about it.

  9. I love that color combo! I would probably never have thought to try it, but it looks awesome! Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  10. Very striking and so lovely! Truly, a gorgeous card!

  11. Outstanding! Love the color scheme Brian! And only you would think of a black snowflake, yet have it sit so elegantly next to the Pool Party. Crisp, Clean and WAY cute!

  12. I love the black and using the doily was just genius! Always happy to see you playing along with us. 🙂

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