Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a post for a series of postings I've wanted to do for a while. I am one of those people who reads every word in a user manual and hopes there is one for everything, haha! While I am still learning new things everyday, I think I should go ahead and document what I've learned. I will share simple bite-size tips in the hope that they will be helpful to someone else too.
When I first stumbled across card sketches, I felt like that I found a piece of that missing manual for card making. A sketch takes out the majority of the "guess work". I believe limitation is what stimulates creativity!
The example I'm using today is the sketch for our current Waffle Flower Challenge
. It was based on the card on the right.
We can follow a sketch closely or give it a little twist to make our card standout. Stretch a sketch is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Rotate the sketch
This should be the first thing we try whenever we get a new sketch. Rotate the sketch, see the options and discover the possibilities.
In my case today, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees clockwise.
2. Give it Meaning
I've found the most effective way to make a card standout in a sketch challenge is to give it meaning. Remember all the elements in a sketch can be replaced with other shapes, images or embellishments? When I saw these circles, I wanted to make them into balloons!
So I pulled out my Flower Circles Stamp Set
and picked a couple of circles to stamp on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I used both sides of the circle stamps. I then used a pencil to draw a little triangle tail for each balloon.
Cut them out as shown and I had my "meaningful" elements for the card.
3. Add a Special Touch
As I was playing with the layout elements, I decided to create a birthday scene for my card.
At this point, we were getting close to make a card that makes people wow. But it still needed something special. For example, the white piece of cardstock looked plain. So I replaced it with a cloud patterned paper (I think we need cloud stamps, anyone?). Balloons don't just float in the air, right? No brainer, let's add the strings!
The sentiment form our Surface – Tag Stamp Set
is just perfect for this card! I popped the pieces on with some foam adhesive to add dimension. I stopped here for a clean look but you can continue to add special touches here and there to make your card you!
- Add glitter to the balloons?
- Use a white pen to add highlights?
- Stamp some cloud with Versamark ink on the card base to create a subtle background?
- Add Enamel dots? Sequins? Buttons?
- Ink the edges? Round the corners?
The possibilities are endless, right? :)
Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you are inspired to create something with a sketch! Happy Crafting!