Howdy Stampers!
Today I am sharing with you a way to get more out of a single card sketch. If you are needing a card or just want to get some creative time in, playing around with this process can accomplish both. I took a sketch I had on hand, gleaned from one of the cards in a recent catalog, and challenged myself to create three different cards from the same sketch.

Here is the sketch I started with:

For my first card I decided to use the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and the coordinating dies that just became available February 4th.

I started by stamping the cake twice. The first image I colored just the cake and the stand using my Stampin’ Blend markers to do the coloring. On the second image I colored in the flowers and I colored in the background behind the flowers so it would “meld” into the cake. I didn’t want a while border around my flowers when attached to the front of the cake.

I then die cut the cake and the flowers and adhered the two together with dimensionals. I also die cut the tiny leaves that were included in the matching die set, to help embellish my card. I have to tell you I am in love with the leaves; they are so delicate and elegant.

For the rest of the card, I die cut a scalloped rectangle (about 4 1/16” x 3”) and cut a smaller rectangle (3 3/4” x 2 5/8”) to fit on top of the the scalloped one. I sponged the smaller rectangle with Soft Sea Foam ink before mounting it to the scalloped one. I stamped the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black onto a scrap of Whisper White (2 7/8” x 3/4”) and added a scrap of Petal Pink (2 7/8” x 3/4”) to the back off set. I attached all the elements to the card base of Soft Sea Foam card stock and finished it off with some pearls and Wink of Stella.

For the second card I pulled out the Little Ladybug stamp set. You can earn this stamp set for free during the Sale-a-bration season. If you have an order or a workshop that totals $300 or more the stamp set automatically ships to you. As an added bonus there is an option to purchase the match die set! I was in the mood to do a bit of water coloring and I think the large flower with this set is a great image to water color. I stamped my flower in Jet Black Staz On onto white water color paper. I recommend using a tool like the Stamparatus to do so. With the texture on water color paper it makes it difficult to get a crisp image the first time.

I then colored the flower with some re-inkers; Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, and Soft Suede. I set this aside to dry while I worked on the rest of my card. I grabbed one of my stencils and with a sponge and the Granny Apple Green ink pad, I sponged a piece of Whisper White card stock (4” x 5 1/2”). I didn’t do the entire piece just the middle and the lower right corner. I then die cut a piece of Granny Apple Green with the border die from the Lily Pad Dies found in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I also punched a 2 1/2” Circle from Vellum Card stock and a small Whisper White rectangle (2 14/“ x 1 3 /16”). Once my flower was dry I die cut my flower out with the coordinating die. I stamped my greeting with the same black pad I used for the flower. Once all my pieces were ready I assembled the card as shown in the picture and embellished with a few white sequins.

My third card was created using the By the Dock Bundle. I love this bundle. It is going to be a great bundle for a variety of different occasions. I did alter the layout a bit but I still thought I should include this card because adjusting the layout is perfectly ok. (You get to make the rules when its your cards ;).

I took some Crumb Cake and cut a standard card base (5 1/2” x 8 1/2). After folding it in half I used my rectangle dies to make a window on the front (about 4” x 2 5/8”). I also die cut a black frame by using the same rectangle and one that was one step larger. I used washi tape to keep both dies together so they wouldn’t shift when I was die cutting. I adhered the Basic Black frame to the card base. Now it was time to create my artwork. I sponged a piece of Whisper White card stock (4 1/2” x 3 1/4”) with Balmy Blue ink for the sky and the lake. I did use a sticky note to mask off the top and then the bottom. I sponged each section separately so there would be a hard line showing the separation of the lake and the horizon. The lake needed more contrast so I decided to sponge some Pretty Peacock ink and added some white lines with a gel pen. I then stamped the greeting in black ink. I added some torn Vellum card stock to the bottom of the frame and then I mounted the Whisper White piece behind the window.

On a separate scrap of Whisper White I stamped three birds and trimmed them out. I also stamped two oars and a boat onto Crumb Cake card stock. I used my water color pencils to color them in. I stamped a grassy area or shore area in Granny Apple Green ink onto a Granny Apply Green scrap. I colored this in with my watercolor pencils. I highlighted the rocks with a white gel pen. I then ran the oars, the boat, and the grassy area through my die cutter with their respective dies. Assembly is pretty quick. I attached the birds toward the top right. And the rest of the items towards the bottom. The oars are glued together then tied with a linen thread. The boat was attached with a couple of dimensionals.

I really hope that you give this technique a try. Grab a sketch and let the fun begin!



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