Greetings from homebase…Omaha!

I know I am cutting it close this week trying to get Father’s Day cards mailed out.  If I am lucky, they will get them sometime next week.  When I need a quick card, I think using card sketches is a great starting point, well, I think starting with a sketch is always a great way to start.  With a sketch in mind, you are almost halfway done with the card!

I love that SU! put these sketches in the catalog this year. I have been having fun looking for them used throughout the catalog.  Wouldn’t it be fun to do a stamp-a-stack and make each of the sketches…all I can say is it got my brain going!

Today, I picked two of the sketches and challenged myself to create a card using them.  I also have a third bonus card, that was not based of a sketch, I just needed another Father’s Day card.

The first card was based on the circled sketch below.  I had already decided that I wanted to use the Gone Fishing stamp set and matching die set. One of the dies in the set matches one of the fish images on the DSP.  I love it when SU! does that! I die cut five fishes and used a paper piercer to pierce each fish near the mouth.  I then strung them all together.

I also embossed the Pebbled Path card stock piece with the coordinating Twisted Rope 3D Embossing Folder. After I had the fish ready and the card stock cut and ready I stamped the greeting in Early Espresso ink and then used the Stylish Shapes banner die to die cut the greeting. I finished up by assembling the card as shown in the photo.  My Dad loves to fish and I know he’ll love this card!

The second card I also based on the circled sketch below.  The wave or water die has a cool embossed texture to it.  It cuts a lovely curvy edge and adds some “water movement” to the surface.  It’s hard to see it in the photo but in real life it’s fun.

I tried the DSP strips all together and thought they were too busy, so I broke up the chaos with some plain card stock in between the DSP strips.  I think it helped calm the visual. Once I had the layers put together and cut to fit on the card front, I fussy cut several fish and tucked them in water.  I sent a photo to my husband, and it was decided between him and his co-workers that having all the fish poking their heads out of the water to “say Happy Father’s Day” was the way to go. I think it worked well.

The background is from the same matching DSP.  I stamped the greeting in Early Espresso, used the Triple Banner Punch to banner trim the bottom and attached to the upper right, like the featured sketch.

Just a little tip, when you are creating a card and you are not sure about it, you may just need to walk away and come back look at it with a fresh set of eyes. Often, I come back and find that the card is great as is, I was just over thinking it.  So, walking away helped me stop the over thinking.

 Bonus Card!

I have been anxious to use the In the Grove dies and see if I could pair it up with the Grove dies.  I thought it would be fun to play around with them.  Pinterest is a great resource for getting some sparks of ideas.  After a few minutes of looking, I had some good ideas rolling around in my head.

I die cut the forest image from the Grove dies from the Meandering Meadow DSP and the trees from the In the Grove set, also using the same DSP.  I wanted the tree trunks to appear browner, so I took an Early Espresso marker and colored all tree trunks and a few of the branches.  I felt this really helped create some more depth and visual interest.

I layered the two die cuts together and placed one of the beautiful scenes behind the die cuts to create what looked like a painting.  I just love how gorgeous this DSP is!  I felt our “painting” needed a frame so used two of the stitched rectangles, taped together with washi tape, to create a frame from the Distressed Gold Paper. After creating a greeting like the first card we are all good!

I had so much fun working with the sketches today and hope you give them a try; you may have a bunch of fun too! Thanks for stopping by today.



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