Hello there! Leslie here with this month’s sketch. I chose Operation Write Home Sketch #44 to work with (with which to work):
We’re also collaborating with Winnie & Walter this month:
so you’ll see a few of their stamps mixed in with all the Hero Arts love.
The sketch is very basic, and you can do almost anything with it. I only had one “outside the box” idea, so most of my examples will be different ways to execute the simple sketch.
First, I did my usual literal interpretation and made this:
This is a great way to use up paper remnants. You know those 2″ strips you get when trimming down a 6×6 piece of pretty paper? That’s what’s under the red-ish layer. I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment onto the red layer with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle and clear-embossed it.
I felt the top of that panel was too nekkid, so I did something I haven’t done for quite a while: I used ribbon! It also added the missing horizontal element I thought the card needed.
For my second card, I used the same orientation of the sketch, but used something different for the top and bottom pieces:
I envisioned using wide ribbon (there it is again) through slots in the front panel, and after a few tries, I got it to work. I bought this SU ribbon several years ago, and actually had to open it to use it here. I’m also on a Navy + Kraft + White/Cream kick, and this card scratched that itch.
After I got the slits cut where I wanted them, I used a background from the Winnie & Walter Scenery: Big Bang Confetti set. I used several stamps from the set, really. First I stamped the diamond outline strip a few times in Soft Brown ink to cover the Kraft panel, then I went back with a solid diamond to stamp inside some of the outlined diamonds with Navy. Finally I used a teeny tiny circle stamp from the same set to add a few more filler shapes.
I threaded the ribbon through the Kraft layer, then layered that onto navy card stock. I mounted that onto a piece of Hero Arts Eggshell card stock, wrapped the ribbon around the back, and mounted the eggshell layer to the base with foam tape.
I added a banner for the sentiment, even though it’s not part of the sketch. No one said you can’t add something to a sketch as long as the original sketch is recognizable, and it is:
For my next card, I turned the sketch on its ear:
and made this:
You’re looking at my attempt to include the theme of the current ABNH challenge to employ letter stamps in our creations:
I used an old Hero Arts alphabet set, lined it up on a very long acrylic block, and stamped it several times with Versamark ink onto Charcoal card stock. For the “birthday” I left space to stamp the word on that line. It’s stamped with Delicata Gold ink, but not embossed. After all the Versamark ink dried, I stamped the Winnie & Walter “happy” with the same gold ink and set it aside to dry.
I made my own gold card stock for the bits you see around the charcoal panel. I did direct-to-paper with the Delicata gold ink onto some remnants of white card stock, then embossed it with a clear matte embossing powder. (I didn’t want it too shiny.) Next time I’ll emboss the gold words, too.
It totally follows the sketch:
And you can see some of the shiny here:
Yeah, I think I’ll emboss it next time.
For my last card, I bring you the one “out of the box” idea I had for this sketch:
I was so proud of myself when I pulled this off. 🙂 The silver buckle represents the center rectangle, and the belt stands in for the two side elements.
And yes, that photo is fuzzy, but that’s because I had to change the contrast so you could see the handsome belt end:
I made the belt by cutting several pieces of black card stock with one of the Avery Elle Dotted Dies. It’s a banner, and I used two pieces for the ends, tucked under the silver buckle, and a whole banner for the part that slips through the buckle. I added some eyelets and a thin strip of the silver paper to complete the belt illusion. I might have been unnaturally excited when the belt worked like I saw it in my head. 🙂
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. 🙂
Don’t forget to play our current Spell It Out For Me challenge, where we ask you to use letters on your project.
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Card 1 (Patterned paper): SU dark brown grosgrain ribbon and card stock, and the following:
Card 2 (Striped ribbon):SU ribbon and navy card stock, and the following:
Card 3 (Gold & Grey):
Card 4 (Santa’s belt): black card stock, misc silver eyelets, sentiment from a Hero Arts class set, and the following: