Weekend Challenge #3

Weekend Challenge #3

This week we have a sketch challenge.  I use to think sketches were hard, but after you’ve done a few they become quite easy and to be honest a sketch is now my go to for inspiration when I need a “Kickstart in my Creativity”

How to Use a Sketch 

Sketches are basically blueprints for your creativity. Sketches are made up of different shapes and elements and are basically an outline to follow.  The purpose of a sketch is to give you inspiration for the layout of your card design.

I’ve stamped the outline image of the flower from Garden Bloom stamp set with Rich Razzleberry ink over the top portion of my cardbase.  The bottom portion is 2″ x 5-7/8″ piece DSP from the Garden Bloom DSP pack.

I’ve stamped my greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments in Rich Razzleberry Ink, and finished my card with some Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Alternative Tips & Ideas

There are different ways you can interpret this sketch try one of the following suggestions

  • Emboss a piece of cardstock with your favourite embossing folder to add texture or your favourite Patterned Paper
  • Change the orientation of the sketch design and create a portrait card
  • Replace the bow for a button

Now it’s Your Turn

Create a project using the sketch above as inspiration.  Add your project to our Facebook Group HERE

Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Hello there. Today’s video shares how to do Shadow Stamping.  The fun technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, and yet gives really fun results.

Shadow Stamping

I arranged a cluster of solid images from the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set in one corner of  a piece of coloured cardstock from the Brights Collection.  I’ve stamped my image with Whisper White Craft Ink.  I then rotated the paper and stamped them again in the opposite corner.

I then stamped the same images again and this time, stamped them with same colour as my cardstock to match.  The overlapping of the Whisper White Craft Ink  and the coloured classic ink gives the illusion that three inks were used instead of two.

Shadow Stamping

I finished off the cards by white heat embossing a variety of Sentiments from Stylized Birthday and Thankful Thoughts Stamp Sets in the center of the of the cards. I adhered all the panels to white notecards.  This would be a great set of notecards to give as a gift.

Shadow Stamping

Tricks & Tips

  • Stamp your second image slightly off center from the first, this will the illusion of depth to create the shadow technique
  • Craft Ink takes longer to dry.  Dry your cardstock with a heat tool or set aside for the ink to dry completely before adding your greeting
  • Rub an Embossing Buddy across your cardstock to remove any static before stamping your greeting and heat embossing
  • This technique works best with bold colours (brights colour family)

Video Tutorial

View video tutorial below


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