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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Make Your Own Sketch


I really enjoy spending time on Paper Wishes Message Board.  There are so many nice people there and so many fun ideas.  This card was made for a challenge on that board.  The challenge was to make your own sketch from a card you like.  For some reason, I've never thought to do that before!  I went through my pictures of my cards to find the layouts I liked the best and created quite a few sketches.  So, I suspect that in the future you may periodically see my sketches on this blog because of that challenge.  Here is the first:


I made this sketch based on the following card I made some time ago.  It was made for a PW sketch challenge after I got my Marvelous squares dies. The sketch for that challenge was a square - you can see it here. At the time, I modified it to a rectangle and changed a few other things to create the card you see below. To find out more about how I made this original card, you can look here:


After making the sketch from this thank you card, I made the Mother's Day card from it - the one you see at the top of this post.  As you can see, I decided to put the focal on an angle this time and moved the bow to underneath the focal.  Here are a few notes about how I made the Mother's Day card:

  • Papers - The background is more of the leftover embossed waxed paper that I used for a waxed paper resist and then colored with alcohol ink after creating the resist. I LOVE the translucent look and am SO glad I didn't toss all those pieces of used waxed paper!  The remaining papers are from Paper Wishes - except for the plain white.
  • Die Cuts - I die cut and embossed elements of white paper using three different sets of dies, and the lighter patterned paper from a fourth - all from Spellbinders.  The main one that mats the focal is from Fair Isle Pendents; the center one on the border strip is from Octagon Strips and Accents; and the other two are from Splendid Circles.  The center focal piece is cut with a die from Marvelous Squares.
  • Focal - After die-cutting the focal piece, I added the greeting with dimensional paint and a metal stencil I got from Paper Wishes - a Paula Hallinan stencil. I had to do it in three parts - each word separately, let it dry, do another. I then matted it on white paper and cut close to the edge of the die-cut piece.
  • Ribbon - I used three different ribbons from my stash.  The first is the one I used on the border - a fun pink and multi-sparkle ribbon that I got from my mother - seems appropriate to use it on a card for her (unless you're reading my blog, Mom!  If so, let me know you saw this and I'll send this to my Mother-in-law and make something else for you that you DON'T see! :) )  The other two ribbons are a plain pink and a white with silver edges - probably purchased at Joanne's Craft store.

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