My dear friend, Linda Callahan, is hosting this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. While I already played along with her sketch challenge with a sweet Christmas card – you can see that project here – I wanted to play along again. This time, I took a more sophisticated approach to her sketch and used rich colors to make a sweet card with beautiful Fall colors. Here’s my card:
- Cropping the Tree. The collection of leaves that accompany the Sheltering Tree set create a broad cover (in the form of a large oval) over the tree trunk and branches. You can see the way these images work together on this card from a couple of weeks ago: For today’s project, though, I wanted the leaves to play an important (but less important) role in the image. I simply stamped the leaves a bit to the side. While it might look a bit silly pre-crop, you can see the difference once the excess leaves are cropped away with the Layering Circle Framelits Die.
- Take it to the Limit. Linda’s sketch contains two bands behind the focal circle. I like bands – there are so many ways to showcase them. For my card on Friday, I showed the bands the way they are presented in the sketch. For today’s project, I decided to create the same bands but to extend them to the edges of the gorgeous piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper.
Quick Tip: Glue down strips that are a little longer than the panel and snip the edges along the panel BEFORE you glue the panel to the card base. You’re welcome.
- Sophisticated, Solemn Colors. As I completed my card, I was pretty certain that this is the first time I’ve used this combination of colors. They are so sophisticated and such a great combination for this time of year. I also used them on this card
Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Jar of Love Papers: Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Inks: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!