Happy Friday! Every Friday, I post a sketch challenge for all members of my Stamping Bee Team. It's just one of the many fun benefits that come when you join my Stamping Bee Team! I thought I'd finish up ice cream week with a trio of 'sweets'.
You always see a demonstrator's finished project. What you don't see are all the mistakes and cards that don't turn out quite the way we planned. So, I wanted to show you these three and give you the background on how I arrived at my favorite. (Which one do you think it is?)
I started with this one. I wanted my Cool Treats ice cream cone to reflect the cones show in the lower layer of Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper. I stamped the background piece of Whisper White Card Stock with sprinkles and strawberries from the Cool Treats Stamp Set. The cone is actually a piece of Tasty Treats Paper, cut out with theFrozen Treats die, which also leaves a patterned impression. The scoops themselves are pretty cool. Check them out:
I used my aqua painter and brushed some water across a piece of Shimmery White Card Stock. Then, I stamped my ink colors (from bottom: Wild Wasabi, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Pool Party) on the damp paper and let it dry before cutting it out with the die. The Shimmery White Card Stock holds up well to water coloring, and stamping the ink gave it a softer, more muted blend. The shimmer is a bit difficult to see here, but it is lovely in the light.
Next, using the popsicle paper, I wanted a larger popsicle as my focal point. But it was too small for such a large piece of paper, so I added some background texture using the fun dots found in the Dragonfly Dream Stamp Set.
You can't see in the photo because of the light, but I outlined the "You're" and the shadow on the popsicle with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for extra sparkle.
Finally, I used glossy strawberries and cherries paper and created a scrumptious strawberry ice cream cone. The darker shadows are again brushed with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
If you guessed this third card is my favorite, you're right! Even though they're all "sweet", this is the yummiest.
Would you like to play along with this week's Stamping Bee Sketch Challenge? Here are the measurements you need. Then, post a picture of your card in the comments below. I'm sure they'll all be just as "sweet" as can be. Happy Stammping!
Sketch Challenge Measurements:
Why is it, every time I reach for the Flourishing Phrases Bundle, I also reach for my collection of navy and white paper? I've seen it in all colors and it's striking. But to me, this will always show best in these crisp clean, and classic colors found in the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.
Too add texture behind the die cut, I used the Timeless Texture Stamp Set to add a random patter (is that an oxymoron), using Basic Gray Archival Ink. To achieve the various shades, I stamped off the ink onto scratch paper first, before stamping on the card stock.
This design was part of a sketch challenge for my Stamping Bee team. I hold a weekly challenge, with a small prize being given to a random winner. Last week, Sarah won a new pack of Urban Underground Washi Tape. I know she's going to put it to good use.
Would you like to play along? Post your creations below - I'd love to see them.
Cutting & Measurement
Base: Night of Navy 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half
Layer 1: Floral Boutique 4 x 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White 3 3/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Floral Boutique 1" x 4:
Layer 4: Whisper White 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp Timeless Textures in Basic Gray onto Layers 2 & 4. Stamp off ink to add different shades of gray. Stamp sentiment to Layer 4 with Night of Navy ink.
2. Attach die cut with glue dots.
3. Adhere Layers 2 & 4 to Layers 1 & 3.
4. Wrap ribbon around Layer 1 and attach to the back with glue dots.
5. Adhere both layers to card base with Fast Fuse.
6. Finish by adding an organza bow and tiny (3mm) pearls to die.
One of the benefits of being on my Stamping Bee team is our weekly card sketch challenge. A new sketch is released every Friday morning and we have fun designing cards to share with everyone the following Wednesday. As challenge coordinator, I'm responsible for posting the sketch along with a sample for inspiration. Last night, at midnight, I realized I didn't have a card for this week's sketch challenge. I grabbed the closest designer series paper I could put my hands on and got busy!
Having a stamp set and coordinating thinlets, like the Lift Me Up Bundle, makes designing cards a breeze. And when there's coordinating paper, you know that you can use any color that found in the paper to give it a look that ties it all together.
Would you like to play along? Feel free to post your sketches
in the comments below. I'd love to see what you come up with!
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: 11" x 4 1/4", scored and folded in half at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: Designer Series Paper 2" x 5"
Layer 3: Ribbon, or a strip of paper 4 1/4" x 1/2"
Layer 4: 3" x 4"
Layer 5: 1/2" strip of paper, or any sentiment.
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