Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge

It's Saturday Sketch Time over at the Stamping 411 blog and I'm so excited about this card! I had a wonderful night tonight. I ran a scrapbook class, and only 3 people came, but we had so much fun. Sometimes I think a small class is a blessing. We relaxed, enjoyed some good conversation and some really fudgy brownies. What could be better? We made 6 pages each and they all used the onboard chipboard. I just love chipboard.

I'd like to give you some measurements and then give a little more info on how I made my card.

Most new stampers find that the measurements are the hardest part, so I'll start there.
For the base layer, I cut a piece of kiwi kiss paper in half at 4 1/4" (note: this is the long way, so the card opens from the bottom. Next, I scored this same layer in half at 5 1/2" and used my bone folder to make a sharp crease.

The second layer was cut from pacific point cardstock to 5 1/4" x 4". Cutting this layer, you can get 4 pieces out of one standard piece of paper, or 6 from a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.

The third layer I cut my designer series paper at the 4" mark and then flipped it and cut 1" off. This made the layer going across the top of my card.

Next, I stamped the grass image from the inspired by nature stamp set using versamark ink, and stamped a single flower from the flip side, using whisper white craft ink. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the stamp to omit the other flowers, but also, I like doing this so my stamp doesn't get all full of craft ink. Tip: it makes it easier to clean up.

I used old olive craft to cover the chipboard branch (also using a sponge dauber as an applicator). Then, I used a heat gun to set the color. You will know that the chipboard is "cooked" enough, when there is no variation in color on the chipboard.

To cover my little birdy, I cut a piece of DSP down to 2x2 1/2" and used the tombo multipurpose adhesive directly on my chipboard, then stuck the paper to it. I cut around the chicky, sanded the edges, then sponged some kiwi kiss on for effect. I used a clear brad for the eye. If you wanted to, you could use a sharpie to color the plain bling on the eye. I sort of like the diamond color. :)

For my sentiment, I used one word from a retiring stamp set "cute!" and punched that out with a 1/2" circle punch. For the flower, I used my bigshot. and then layered a crystal clear button on top of the word cute, from the build a brad kits. Many times I have a bunch of those left over, because I typically lay crystal effects on top of a build a brad instead of the puffy sticker it comes with. I had a blast with this week's sketch and hope you play along with the operators! Not to mention, you get to see what awesome creations they all made! You could end up in the stampers showcase if the operators pick your card!


Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

I love, love love this card. You did an awesome job of it. the colors are great along with that darling little birdie. Too-too cute!

Andrea Walford said...

Cute colour combo in this card!

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

I loved this card the moment I saw it, it is so cute, thank you for leaving me lovely compliments! its an honour, I do try, I know what you mean my the layering! but I still like simple cards like you! TFS, Hugs always!

Laura said...

This is so pretty!! Great use of patterned papers, and I really like how you stamped the grass on the blue as a background for your bird.