Stampin’ Up! Meets a Card Sketch Challenge!

By | 02/05/2013

I have really been enjoying working with card sketches.  I feel like I’m a very creative person and I really love to do my own thing.  I find it really challenging to take a sketch someone else came up with and create a card with it.  I feel that way about teaching too.  I can’t teach from a lesson plan created by someone else!  My lesson has to be my own thought process unfolding in the way the information makes sense to me.

papercraftcrewsketch27So, needless to say, when I first started trying to create cards with card sketches, I felt limited by the sketches.  I only use a sketch once a week to make my cards for the Paper Craft Crew Challenges, but after several months of using a sketch once a week, I really think my own card designs are improving.

I find that sketches often include using elements in a way that I never thought to use them!  The Paper Craft Crew Sketches tend to use a lot of banners across the main element.  I never used to include those in my cards, but after using sketches, I realize that it’s a fun element that can add interest to a card.

I’m have created a card sketch board and a scrapbook sketch board on my Pinterest page.  You can follow my Pinterest boards by clicking here!  Isn’t Pinterest a great invention?!  It’s a paperless way to hold all of your inspirational ideas you want to try!

I have to say… I loved this week’s sketch!

papercraftcrewchallengeTo make today’s card:

Paper and Inks:  So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum card stock.  This was a color challenge as well!

Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor (#124164)…LOVE that swirl for a background!, Vintage Verses (Sale-A-Bration #129636)

Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Labels Collection Framelits (#125598), Paper Piercing Mat and Tool (#126199, 126189), Festive Paper Piercing Pack (#127857), Bitty Butterfly Punch (#129406), Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526), Pearls (#119247)

Ready to purchase the supplies used to make this card?  Click here to shop online in my Stampin’ Up Store!


  • Create a background on your papers using a great stamp like the flourish swirl in Everything Eleanor by stamping in the same color ink as the paper.  It is a fabulous way to get your own custom background!
  • Look at how the paper piercing added texture and interest to the green label framelit mat underneath the sentiment label framelit.  Love it!  It’s far more interesting with the paper piercing than without.
  • Add dimension!  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise several of the elements on my card above others.  I also added dimension with elements like the butterfly and the pearls.  That dimension adds interest.
  • Choose a focal point and build the rest of the card around that.  My sentiment is my focal point on my card and the other elements are built around that.  There are a lot of elements to look at, but your eye keeps returning to the sentiment focal point.
  • Choose colors that work.  All of these colors are in the Subtles Collection.  They are designed to work together.  Don’t fear color!  Embrace it!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on!  For every $50 you purchase (before shipping and tax), you get to choose 1 free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  On this card, I used the Vintage Verses sentiment that is one of the Stamp Sets  you could get for free from Sale-A-Bration!!!

Ready to choose your free products and order now?  Click here to shop online!

Thank you for visiting!!!!

Stop by tomorrow while I continue my 8 Card Challenge!!!





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