Today's card starts from a single card sketch. There was a discussion this weekend in a Facebook group I belong to about using card sketches. They can be super helpful both when you're in a hurry but also as a starting point for making several cards. I'm a member of the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog and it is always interesting to see how everyone interprets the same sketch. You might think the cards would look monotonous but they don't!
All three cards here originated from the same sketch on Splitcoast Stampers. The one on the top right I made first and the one at the bottom I did last. I also rotated the sketch in the lower one. Here is the sketch that was posted:
The first one I made was pretty straightforward - two panels of patterned paper and images stamped and punched out using the coordinating punch. The second one adhered more directly to the sketch - I kept the square and used an embossing folder on the long white panel. All have the central panel and a focal point, but only one uses the square shown the sketch.
The third one was actually the most work and varies most from the sketch. I kept the off-center panel, but my focal point (the grapefruit) is not as large as the one in the sketch. I made the fruit patterned
paper by stamping and masking. There is a very similar paper in the
Tutti-Frutti cardstock pack that could easily be substituted. The green stripe could
also be substituted with the green check from the same pack (if you only wanted to use one pack of patterned paper.)
I finished off the cards with baker's twine, linen thread or ribbon and some enamel dots. All cards are birthday cards and say either "live it with zest" or "squeeze it for all it's worth" and Happy Birthday on the inside.This stamp set has some really cute sentiments in it.
I hope this shows how easily you can use a sketch as a starting point for multiple cards. I love using them when I just can't seem to make a decision on layout or I need to make a card quickly. I have several layouts that are my "go to" layouts. Finally, entering sketch challenges are a fun to see how differently others see the same thing - I encourage you to enter them!
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Lemon Builder Bundle
Stitched Shapes Framelits
1 3/4 inch Circle Punch
Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo
Tutti-Frutti Cardstock pack
Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo
Ribbon/Twine: Flirty Flamingo Grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Basic Black Baker's Twine
Glitter Enamel Dots
Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes
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