As you know, I spend a lot of time on splitcoaststampers...and I have learned a lot about this craft while hanging out there. One tool that has helped me is the daily challenge. I don't participate every day, but when I do it is a lot of fun.
On Wednesday's, they have a "sketch challenge." This doesn't mean you have to draw...thank goodness!! I can't draw at all, that's why I stamp! LOL!! I found out in card making "sketch" refers to the layout, such as using a square in the center, or a circle in the corner.
This week's sketch can be found here. I made 2 cards, one horizontal, one vertical. Both also use color challenges. This first one uses chocolate chip, pretty in pink, and rich razzleberry, with very vanilla as my neutral. The colors are dark, but maybe you can see the scallop trim border on the center layer. Made that with the Sale-a-bration punch, of course! The hearts are punch out of Sending Love designer series paper, and the verse is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the modern label punch on dimensionals. I added ribbon on top...of course!!
The next one uses a totally different color palette...chocolate chip (ok, that's the same!) dusty durango and sage shadow. Kinda funky colors, dontcha think? Note the center layers and three images again...same sketch. I'm tellin' ya, these sketch challenges are fantastic! I used my scalloped circle punch and the retired (boohoo) stem silhouette stamp. I added the greeting from the set On Your Birthday. Grosgrain ribbon on top, and I ran the center layers through my Big Shot with an embossing folder. Cool, huh?
If you get stuck on how to design a card, jut look to the sketch challenges...they are a big help!!
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