Cardmaking, Sketch Challenge


Hello, Crafty Internet,

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was lovely and you have recovered from any Black Friday shopping crowds you may have had to battle with. While recovering from turkey overdose, I remade a card I made for a challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. I have had a gallery there for years and I play at some of the challenges they have from time to time. I created a card for their sketch challenge this week and posted it there but the more I looked at it, the more I realized I could have done better so I decided to make the card over again.

Splitcoast Stampers is a website that is home to many amazing card makers. They post challenges of different sorts everyday pretty much. My favorite is the sketch challenge that is posted on Wednesdays. I hadn’t played much over there this year. In fact, my last card posted there before last week was from 2015. I hadn’t realized just how much I had missed the forums there until I wandered back in a couple of weeks ago. There are some wonderful crafters and kind, generous people in the forums. They definitely give wonderful encouragement and share fabulous makes.

Anyway, on to the card:

I decided to turn the sketch onto the side and used a circle die to cut a half circle. I used painters tape to stick the stencil down so it wouldn’t move to try to get the rays as straight as possible.

I used Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to color the rays. Once I had the color where I wanted it, I used VersaMark ink over the stencil to get it ready to clear emboss.

Once the embossing was done, I die cut the word shine from white cardstock 3 times and ran them through my Xyron machine. I don’t remember where I got the word die from. I think it was included in a stamp pack a long time ago. I like to stack the die cut words so they look like chipboard and add some dimension to the page.

Here is the finished card. I used foam tape to pop the panel up on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base and used matte medium to stick down the sentiment. The ink on the dot bled just a little but not enough to run the card. I will take a tip from Jennifer McGuire and go around it later with my white gel pen. And as she says “No one will ever know”… except the 3 of you who read this post.

Anyway, there is my card for today. I hope you like it. Please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!


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