How to Use A Sketch

By | March 16, 2016

How To Use A Sketch

One of the most popular questions I get asked in our monthly class is: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS CARD?
Well, every card came from somewhere different- sometimes I see a color combo that I love and try to figure out how to use it in a card. Sometimes I see another design and think I would have done that differently and then do it! And sometimes I start with a sketch, as is the case today.

This was a tough one for me because I don’t usually like a lot of layers on my cards. Cake- yes, but not cards. Anyhoo, it was a challenge and I was up for it! Are you?
Let’s get started then. I love, love, love this polka dot paper from our Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper stack. So that was my first thought. I have to somehow incorporate that paper into this card, so let’s start with the background.
Next, I thought what goes better with polka dots than a nice big polka dot? Enter in the White cardstock that I cut out using my Big Shot and Circles Framelits.

But as they say on TV… wait! There’s more.

It wasn’t enough to have a large white polka dot, I needed to add MORE polka dots. I embossed that White circle with the polka dot embossing folder. Oh yeah – now we’re talkin’.

So now to follow the sketch and add that strip of paper. Hmmm.. well, back to the polka dots I think. I just used white cardstock to matte it so you could tell there was another layer.

Are you seeing the polka dot theme yet?

Okay so now to decide what that big square will be. I knew I wanted a stamp so I looked through my stash and went to “Friendly Wishes”. I love how this sentiment has different types of fonts because I am definitely a font junkie.

I colored the different words in with markers directly on the stamp. Once I was done coloring, I gave it a good huff to re-moisten the ink. (This is when you pull the stamp up to your mouth and breathe onto it like you are giving it oxygen)
That’s a super stamper secret for ya.

I decided on the colors by just looking at the package my Designer Series Paper came in. On the back of every package, it lists the colors in the package so you don’t have to figure it out. These went so nicely together.
Lastly, we added some flowers to the top left corner by punching out flowers using the Itty Bitty Punch with flowers. What do you think?
Do you think you could try this sketch?
Stay tuned when later this week, I show you 2 more different ways I used this sketch!

The inside of the card

The Envelope

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