Hello, everyone! Leslie here, with this month’s sketch. I’ve chosen OWH Sketch #62:
Also this month, we’re collaborating with Reverse Confetti
so you’ll see some of their images along with the usual Hero Arts loveliness.
Let’s get started! For my first card, I did a pretty literal interpretation of the sketch:
I used one of the stripe stamps from the Reverse Confetti So Stripey set to make the yellow striped background. I got it mostly straight, even. 🙂 The square/rectangle/heart image of the sketch immediately reminded me of a Polaroid, and while I may or may not have several different Polaroid dies, I know everyone doesn’t, so I made my own to show you it can be done with a square and a rectangle. My square is attached to the top of the rectangle, not inset. It’s so easy to fake this look.
I even used a heart for the heart element, because I had some red felt next to my Big Shot, and it was a no-brainer. I also added a few wood veneer stars to balance out the red heart. No one said you can’t add something to a sketch as long as the sketch is still recognizable, which it is. Here’s the side-by-each:
For my next few cards, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees:
and it reminded me of a school composition book, so I made this:
I stamped the Hero Arts Envelope Liner stamp in black, and put a piece of black washi tape down the left edge to look like a book binding, then rounded the corners.
For the “Polaroid” element I used a Reverse Confetti sentiment from their Lots To Say set, stamped it onto a white square, then set that on a black rectangle. For the heart element I added two big eyelets and tied some twine through them.
I wasn’t sure I liked the square for the sentiment, so I made another one with a rectangle instead:
It removed a lot of that dead white space, see:
Not much difference, but enough to make me try to change it. And it’s still close enough to the sketch to pass muster:
While I was working with this orientation of the sketch, I thought I could make it into a flag, so I tried that:
Again with the washi tape. I was in a washi frame of mind, I guess. 🙂 Anywhere I’ve used washi tape, you could use a strip of card stock. I just have an embarrassing amount of washi tape, and I look for every opportunity to use it. ;/
I made a flag pole by putting some Distress Brushed Pewter Stain on a scrap of white, then trimmed off a strip. The flag was made with the Reverse Confetti stripe stamp I used on the first card. I left a space to stamp a few navy stars from the Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments set, one of my best purchases ever! I use that set ALL the time.
Every flag pole has a clanging metal chain that’s used to raise and lower the flag, so I added a piece of silver cord for that, and secured the ends with a few drops of Glossy Accents.
The sentiment is Reverse Confetti, and it’s on a die-cut oval only because I stamped it crooked on the card base and it needed to be covered up. I was NOT starting over. This is one of my favorite types of saves. 🙂
And it still follows the sketch pretty much:
For my last card I turned the sketch 180 degrees:
and thought it looked like a framed photo hanging on a wall, so I made this:
The layered squares are the “Polaroid” in the sketch, and the bow is the heart in the sketch. Can you tell my red felt scrap was still next to the Big Shot?
I wanted the outer frame of the die-cut squares to look silvery, so I used the Distress Brushed Pewter on it. AGAIN with the washi tape across the top, only silver this time. In real life the Brushed Pewter is really close in color to the silver tape, which is a good thing since I also colored the edge of the white card base with the stuff before I attached the white panel to it.
I stamped the Reverse Confetti sentiment in Hero Arts Silver and clear-embossed it. Once I had everything assembled, I noticed a few smudges (ugh) so that explains the addition of a few clear sequins.
And I do believe this still closely follows the sketch:
That’s it for this month’s sketch! I hope I’ve inspired you to look at a sketch, flip it around, see it differently, and come up with some ideas for a less-than-literal interpretation.
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 come by and see what you’ve done with it. 🙂
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Card 1 (yellow stripes): Little B washi tape, scrap of red felt, scrap of navy card stock, and the following:
Card 2 (composition books): Black washi tape, scrap of black card stock, large eyelets, misc red twine, and the following:
Card 3 (flag pole): Spellbinders Petite Ovals Large, navy washi tape, misc silver cord, and the following:
Card 4 (wedding): Vat of clear embossing powder, taffeta ribbon, hole punch, misc felt, misc clear sequins, and the following: