With a Little Help from My Friends
Every month, besides offering five amazing paper crafting tutorials, Craft Project Central has a sketch challenge called Creating Pretty Cards. The sketches are always fun – but they can be challenging. Take this month’s, for example.
I’m not sure why I found this one so intimidating, but I just had a mental block. And then I invited stampers over for a craft night. I showed them the sketch and whined a bit. Finally, my friend Judy said, “What about this paper?” Light bulb! It was a brilliant and creative way to use the Stampin’ Up! Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP). I hadn’t bought the paper yet, because I wasn’t totally sold on the patterns. But you can’t really tell how gorgeous a paper is in the catalog photos. Judy buys almost everything, and she had brought her paper to craft night. The designs that are inside the “roll” in the photo are my favorites. They’re beautiful – and the striped sheet was perfect for this sketch. I borrowed a sheet from her and immediately added the paper to my next order.
I stamped the flowers from the Garden Girl stamp set onto Whisper White Cardstock (and immediately wished I has used Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock, but it worked ok). Then I masked the flowers and stamped the fence. I colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and a Blender Pen, then stamped the bird and butterfly on a Whisper White scrap and colored them as well. After fussy cutting the bird and butterfly with Paper Snips, I was ready to assemble. Since I didn’t have a full layer on the front of the card, it seemed a little plain, so I stamped a background with the Playful Backgrounds stamp set. (Thanks, Christy!)
For the final sentiment layer, I stamped I like you from Oh So Eclectic on a scrap of the DSP. The Eclectic stamp set has a coordinating set of dies (and you can save 10% if you buy them together in the bundle), and it coordinates with the Naturally Eclectic DSP as well. If you look at page 133 of the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, you can see a better picture of all the patterns in the DSP. Didn’t I tell you it’s really beautiful?
In case you missed it, you can see Monika’s gorgeous card and the sketch here. Create a card using the sketch as inspiration, then link it to the CPC post. You could win a free subscription to Craft Project Central!
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