This week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was just too good not to create a card for.
I love this sketch. You can make it clean and simple or use some fun background texture techniques.
If I had more time this evening, I would have used some texture paste with my stencil. But, alas, time is limited so some simple ink blending will have to create my background.
Catherine Pooler came out with a fantastic stamp set with perfect sentiments for sympathy cards. It’s called Poignant Poppies.
The sentiment that I have used here is actually intended for the inside of the card, but I loved it so much I wanted it on the front.
I used Altenew inks: Teal Cave, Galactic Stream, Aqualicious, Dew Drops, Moss, Olive, Bamboo, and Pinkalicious. The stencil is one of my favorite Catherine Pooler stencils called Square Dance.
I love geometric stamps, dies and stencils. They make perfect masculine cards or cards for your geeky friends. They also make very pretty backgrounds.
I got a little heavy handed with the pink ink. I had intended for this to be lighter and fade out, but I love the pink with the teals.
I added some black and white splashes and heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder. The clear droplets finished it off.
The poppy stamp set layers beautifully without a lot of effort. You know how some layering sets require practice and lining things up just “so”. This one was quick and easy to use. It was also a bit forgiving!
Here is the sketch that I started with:
I know that this is a quick post. I keep hoping that “this” will be my last busy week and I will have time to create and relax. So far it hasn’t happened yet, but I know that things always settle down and slow down after Memorial Day weekend.
Plus, I only have 23 more teaching days for this school year. Phew! I feel like we are crawling across the finish line this year! I wonder if that is what year 30 is supposed to feel like?!
Have a fantastic day!