Some days when you sit down to craft, you need a little boost of inspiration to get started. A card sketch or scrapbook layout sketch is a perfect place to start.
I also love playing along with sketch challenges for both scrapbooking and cardmaking. I love seeing how other people use the sketch to create something that looks so completely different from mine! I feel like I learn something new when I see how other people interpreted the sketch!
One of the helpful tricks I have is my card sketch folder that I keep on my computer. That is where I save sketches that I love for inspiration at some later date when I might need it. I also have a board on Pinterest that I keep for card sketches and scrapbook layouts as well. I’ve taken a couple of classes at Altenew that give you ideas for finding inspiration when you need it. One class was called Muse and it was one of my all-time favorite classes! It was very inspirational and actually quite fun. It got me looking at ordinary things in very different ways. The second class was called Mission Inspiration and the instructor showed the 3 journals she kept for her 3 sources of inspiration. I now keep a small journal where I keep color combinations that I like and I create my own sketches from ordinary things like clothing patterns or magazine layouts. It’s a wonderful source of inspiration for my crafting!
This is the card that I created from the sketch below from this week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:
This is another classic sketch that I’ll be adding to my card sketch folder on my computer. I also will pin it on Pinterest just for those days where I’m in short supply of inspiring ideas.
A sketch can really spark an idea and get you started!
You can see the glossy surface of this Catherine Pooler Patterned Paper. She has heavy weight patterned paper in bold colors and patterns that are always single sided and come in 6 x 6″ paper packs with 24 sheets of 8 different designs. This paper makes great little gift boxes because it is sturdy paper. The colors also coordinate with her ink line and the package tells you which colors are used on the papers.
- Card base cut at 4-1/4 x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
- White card front cut at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″
- Catherine Pooler Salt & Seaweed patterned paper cut 2-3/4 x 4-1/4″ attached with Bearly Art glue
- Jute twine about 8″ attached with glue and secured on the back with washi tape
- Anchor in Juniper Mist ink From CP
- Sentiment in All that Jazz ink From CP
- Seaweed pieces in Green Tea ink From CP
- Flower in Sugared Lavendar From CP
- Splatters in Juniper Mist and All That Jazz inks, squished on to silicone mat and spritzed with water, used #10 round brush to tap on finger and splatter paint
- Misti and Altenew Mini Blossom Die Cutter used
- Catherine Pooler Refuse To Sink stamp and die set
- Foam tape and glue dots also used
You can see the layering of the die cuts here:
If you compare my card to the sketch, you can see that I followed the sketch. Instead of a wide center band, I used the jute. The other modification you will notice is that I did not use a circle, but I used elements to create a focal point in a fairly circular shape in the same location of the card. I used the card as inspiration with the stamp set that I wanted to stamp with today.
When you do a card sketch, you can flip it and turn it vertically or horizontally. You can use the mirror image of the sketch as well. You can turn the circle into a square or triange, or use a giant floral image that you have. The sketch is meant to inspire your creativity, the rest is up to you!
I have a video of my card and the details for you.
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