I wrote a lot about my experience at Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle earlier this week. What a blast! I’ll be “coming down” from that experience for a while and will ween off the sharing. 🙂 While inspiration from other successful demonstrators was certainly key to the trip, one of the best parts was when we received free items that haven’t yet been released by Stampin’ Up! to customers or to other demonstrators. One of the new items we received was the Hello December Project Life Card Collection and coordinating accessory pack. I used those items in today’s project for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. Here’s my card:
And here’s Nicole Watt’s sketch that inspired my project:Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- You Only Have One Chance. When I cut into Designer Series Paper or cardstock, I know I have plenty of room to mess up. Hardly ever do I follow the sewing rule of “measure twice, cut once”. BUT…when I’m relying on a pattern from a Project Life Card Collection (like this one from the upcoming Hello December), I know that I have to measure a couple of times before carefully cutting into the delicious paper. There are several great patterns and designs to choose from in this card collection, but I particularly love this one. My mind was set, so here are the steps I took: measure, measure, measure, pause, measure, cut, sigh with relief.
- Focusing on the Focal Point. In all its beauty, the focal point on this sketch is found at the center of the four squares – right there in the blankness of it all. At least that’s how I see it. As such, I added another element on top to honor the sketch but to add an additional focal point. The Christmas tree is punched with the Christmas Tree punch, and the “25” stickers came from the Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack.
- Why Vellum? My original design included a Crumb Cake circle around the tree. That didn’t work because it completely overshadowed the beautiful patterns on the paper. I decided to crop a circle, which allowed the patterns to show through while adding the additional layering behind the tree. I sponged the edges with Cherry Cobbler for added definition to the circle.
Stamp Sets: Holiday Invitation, Endless Wishes Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock, Hello December Project Life Card Collection Inks: Cherry Cobbler Accessories: 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Tree punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Hexagon punch (for banner tips)
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will pop over to the Pals Paper Arts challenge to see the projects from the other Design Team Members.