Do you ever make cards by following sketches? I saw one on Pinterest and I thought there’s always a first time so why not today. The sketch I saw was by www.freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com. Today’s card probably took longer than a sketch should do but that’s an assumption on my part because the design part of the card has already been done and therefore that time has been saved. I’d love to hear your feedback about your experiences with sketches. I enjoyed making today’s card and I’m very pleased how it’s turned out, so I may well have another go but with a different sketch.
I don’t know what the guidelines about following a sketch are but the one I followed showed a card front, plus my Night of Navy/Copper Foil Stars layer, my Very Vanilla layer (which I added my Copper Foil die-cut onto) and the sentiment bar. The extras I added are my regular top and middle layers, plus a Night of Navy layer under my centre Very Vanilla layer. I numbered today’s card 001 just in case I decide that I like this idea and do it again, and again, and again, etc! LOL!
The deciding point as to what direction I was going to go with my card was the sentiment bar! I needed something that would go across the front and was slim enough not to conceal too much of my die-cut. The CONGRATULATIONS is from the Well Said Stamp Set. I reached for the Stitched Stars Dies with my fingers crossed, hoping the long scroll die would be the right length for what I needed! It worked brilliantly! Although the stars fell out when I die-cut the Copper Foil I saved them to adhere them back into position. In some of the photographs the stars look like Night of Navy!
I dry embossed the top layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS) using the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder. As I was lining up the embossing folder I made sure the cardstock was straight so I knew I’d find it easy to put my layers together. I used Tombow to adhere everything to the front of my card except for the top layer with the Copper Foil scroll die-cut, which I used Dimensionals for. I rested the sentiment across the centre panel and adhered both ends down using Dimensionals.
My final decoration for the front of my card was to add one Elegant Faceted Gem at either end of the sentiment and five more gems spread randomly around the Copper Foil die-cut. Inside the card, I added a top layer of Very Vanilla CS and a middle layer of Night of Navy CS. I wanted to add some decoration and found the fancy heart die-cut in a Ziplock bag with my Copper Foil but I needed some more. As I wasn’t sure where the fancy heart came from, I reached for a retired punch that showed stars and a moon. I punched three small and one medium heart and adhered all five in a random pattern.
As I said earlier, I thoroughly enjoyed making today’s card and I might try a sketch again sometime. I look forward to being back with you on Thursday and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”