Hello, everyone! Leslie, here, with this month’s sketch:
Also this month, we’re collaborating with Paper Smooches. I loooove Paper Smooches, especially their sentiments. So in addition to our usual Hero Arts, you’ll see us using Paper Smooches products here at ABNH all month. 🙂
Okay, let’s get going with the sketch. Here’s my first, most-literal interpretation:
I saw the large open background as an invitation to play, and I used the Hero Arts Looped Flower Background stamp with Tide Pool ink. The vertical border was cut from a Tide Pool scrap using an MFT die. The circle behind the sentiment was also cut from a Tide Pool scrap. That color has been one of my go-to colors lately, so I have a lot of it lying around.
The enamel dots and colored pearls came about when I got itchy thinking the background needed something else. 🙂
Here’s the side-by-each for this card:
I made a second card with the same sketch orientation, but I changed how I handled the circle element:
I die-cut a circle out of the front and put the sentiment on the inside. I also used a piece of washi tape for the scalloped border element.
To get that background, I stamped the Hero Arts Pinstripe Background in Navy, then inked it up with Green Hills and stamped it again a little offset from the first. I thought it might give people vertigo to look at it, so I broke it up with some stamped Navy circles. You can kindof see the stripes through the circles, but I’m okay with that.
Here’s the side-by-each:
For my next card, I flipped the sketch:
and made this:
For the scalloped edge element of the sketch I used the line of clouds image from Paper Smooches, stamped in Soft Granite onto a Hero Arts card base. To make them look more cloud-y, I colored them in with my white Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen.
The sun was die-cut from a scrap of card stock I had from some failed “ink your embossing folder” experiments. Don’t throw that stuff away, people! 🙂
The hills were cut from a scrap of green, and the sheep and sentiment are from the Hero Arts OWH Missing You set. The sheep is flocked with white and is very soft.
Here’s this card’s side-by-each:
For my next card, I flipped the sketch the other direction:
and made this:
The pretty paper is from my Heaplet, which is a pile of pretty paper in 6×6 pieces or smaller. It’s reached critical mass — about to explode out of its box — so I’ve been reaching for it lately. This is one of a few remaining pieces of Japanese paper from my distant past.
The paper was so pretty, I let it do most of the work. All I added was a strip of Hero Arts adhesive lace and the sentiment. The sentiment was stamped on heavy vellum in Memories Unicorn white, and embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I cut the circle, then hacked off the bottom so it lined up with the lace. I put thin strips of Kool Tak behind the words to raise it up. You can still sorta see it, but it’s not glaring.
Here’s the side-by-each:
It was at this point I realized I’d used circles on all of my cards, which just cannot be, so I made one more using the original sketch orientation:
I used very busy floral paper, and added a coordinating strip for the scalloped edge element of the sketch. Then I stamped a Paper Smooches sentiment on a coordinating green strip and rounded the corners, giving a rectangle, not a circle. One of the things I’ve been doing lately is paying attention to the small images in stamp sets. (Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for that tip. :)) I thought the small image in the Night & Day Flowers set was perfect for the edge of the sentiment, so I stamped it in Memento black and colored it with a Copic and a Distress marker. I added a little Wink of Stella over the petals, mostly because I could. Then the left side of the sentiment looked empty, so I added a tiny Simon Says Stamp heart.
Here’s the side-by-each, so you can see the sketch in the card:
That’s it for this month’s sketch! I hope I’ve inspired you to look at a sketch, flip it around, look at 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 all come by and see what you’ve done with it. 🙂
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Card 1 (pool scalloped edge):
Card 2 (stamped stripes and circles):
Card 3 (sheep and clouds):
Card 4: (Japanese paper with lace):
Card 5: (floral paper with rectangle sentiment):