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Hi, crafty peeps! It’s Michelle here today to show you two cards using a baby set called “Nursery Deco” from Mama Elephant – all the DT at A Blog Named Hero are playing with some awesome stamps from this fabulous company this month. I thought I’d try to make non-baby cards using this baby set.
I also tried a technique that’s new to me, using Distress Inks, water, and a stencil from Heidi Swapp.
To make this background, I first used my blending tool to add some different Distress Inks to some watercolour paper. I then took my stencil (which was a gift from Joy Taylor – thanks so much!!) and misted it with water. I then placed the stencil on top of the watercolour paper, wet side down. I then removed the stencil and blotted the water off, which removed the ink. Such a cool technique, with awesome results!
I then stamped the Hero Arts “Dancing with Flowers” stamp in black (this stamp was a gift from Iwona Palamountain – thanks heaps!)(aren’t I the luckiest!!), and added a sentiment from “It’s your Day” with a border underneath from my Mama Elephant set.
For my second card, I used the same technique, but with different stamps and composition.
OK, so 2 things.
1. I couldn’t have just these 2 cards in my post – neither of them is CASified! and
2. The offcut from card 2 of watercolour paper with this cool technique was crying out to me – “don’t chuck me in the bin!! Use me!”!
So I did. And it’s a baby card.
And here’s a close up of this fun technique:
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It’s a pretty straight-forward sketch, so of course I took every opportunity to turn it on it’s ear. 🙂 I had a lot of ideas, and I acted on most of them, so I have a ton of cards to share. Please get a glass of something cold (or a cuppa something warm if you are in another hemisphere) and let’s get started!
For my first card, I did a literal interpretation of the sketch:
This is a great way to use up all that matchy-matchy paper you have, especially if it’s remnants of 6×6 packs. I might have taken that approach with most of my cards today. For this card, I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment (cut in half to fit), and the twine is the vertical strip in the sketch. I stamped the sentiment (or die-cut it) off-center, so I punched a hole in the circle, threaded the ends of the twine through it, tied a bow on top of the circle and made it look like I meant to do that. If you read my personal blog, you know this is my mantra.
Now let me tell you something about this sketch. It has two strips of horizontal paper, a vertical strip, and a circle where they all intersect. I re-did my first card as if the vertical line divided the horizontal strips into four pieces instead of two:
Confused? Does this help:
The card on the left uses two horizontal pieces of paper, while the one on the right hacked them up, but it’s still the same sketch. It’s another great way to use up pieces of matching papers.
Moving on … For my next card, I rotated the sketch:
and made this:
Two more patterned papers, just vertical this time. This is a super-easy go-to card layout for almost any occasion. I think these papers would work for a boy’s birthday.
My next card uses the same sketch orientation, but messes with it a little:
I used a bow for the circle element in the sketch, and ran the ribbon along the “lines” to make it look like a package. I added the sentiment on a circle on coordinating paper from the same pack. Remember: no one said you can’t add things as long as the sketch is still recognizable, and it is here:
My only regret with this card is I had to use satin ribbon, as I seem to be out of white grosgrain. Oh, the humanity! ;/
Next up, I flipped the sketch again:
and made this:
Again, it’s a simple design, and I kept most of the elements true to the sketch. The sentiment is the now-horizontal element (even though it doesn’t go all the way across the card front), and the flower is the circle element:
This next card might be my favorite of the bunch. 🙂 I flipped the sketch again:
and made this:
I did take a few liberties with the sketch elements, mostly with the vertical line. I wanted to use the veneer bike as the circle element to go with the bike paper, and a vertical piece of anything there wouldn’t work. To make up for it, I drew in some birds above the bike. I think it still squeaks through, though:
Are you still with me? 🙂 I have two more, because this month we are collaborating with Mama Elephant,
so I’ve incorporated some of their images into my next two cards.
First up, I followed the original sketch design:
and made this:
I stamped the filament several times to make the vertical line behind the light bulb. And that light bulb was stamped with Hero Arts Neon Yellow, and topped with clear Wink of Stella. It’s quite bright and sparkly. 🙂 I also repeatedly stamped the Watts Up? sentiment in Soft Sand ink onto the Neenah Desert Storm paper to make it appear to be patterned paper. Hey, I tried. And it’s mostly straight even.
The hello was stamped in Soft Brown, then again in Champagne Versamark and clear-embossed.
My last (yes, LAST) card uses this sketch orientation:
and I made this:
This might be sorta kinda Extreme Sketch Interpretation. It’s a stretch, but in all fairness, I did start out with the sketch when I made the card, I just got very creative with the vertical element, which some might argue isn’t there at all:
The balloons are the circle element, and I say the balloon strings stand in for the vertical element. Some sketch challenge judges might say nay, but for me, I’m okay with it. 🙂 It’s all about being inspired to create!
That’s it! I hope I’ve given you some ideas about flipping a very simple sketch and making it look completely different by changing up papers and substituting things for the various sketch elements.
Just a reminder: The sketch segment here at ABNH is not a separate challenge and there is no linky below. It’s just for added inspiration and to help jump-start your mojo. Please feel free to incorporate the sketch in your creations! If you do, please link back to ABNH and also leave a comment below with a link to your post so we can all come by and see what you’ve done with it. 🙂
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Common to all cards:
Cards 1 & 2:
Cards 3 & 4:
|Christine Drogt (inspired by Lisa Spangler)|
|Michelle Lupton (inspired by Kelly Rasmussen)|
|Maya Isaksson (inspired by Jennifer McGuire)|
|Lisa Stein (Inspired by Julie Ebersole)|
|Mary Dawn Quirindongo (Inspired by Jennifer McGuire)|
Mary Dawn’s Supplies: