Hello everyone and welcome to a new Weekend Sketch Challenge from the Stamping 411 Operators! I hope that you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends this week! The cooking is done and left-overs are packed away and it's time to let yourself relax with a little stamping therapy! And we have just the inspiration for you!
As you can see, I took this week's sketch and flipped it on it's side. I also took some liberties with the direction of the focal image and the shape of it .... but then, isn't that what working from a sketch is all about .... using it as inspiration and making it your own!
I began with the beautiful stamp set called "Come to Bethlehem". I stamped it with Black Craft Ink and embossed it with Black Embossing Powder and the Heat tool. Using my brayer, I applied 3 colors of ink until I got the smoky-dusky feel that I wanted for the night sky. Elegant Eggplant is on the bottom, Tangerine Tango in the middle and Pacific Point on the top. The colors blend so that you can't really recognize them, but those are the colors that I applied.
That beautiful, flowing curved line on the bottom of the stamp just begged for some attention so when I trimmed the piece, I used the curve as my guide. I ten mounted it on Basic Black Cardstock and finally on the stunning Silver Glitter paper, increasing the side by 1/4" with each layer and again following the outline of the curve for the bottom edge. I used the Rotary tool in the Cutter Kit to cut the curve on all layers. I added a Basic Rhinestone accent to the star and mounted the entire assembly onto Concord Crush Cardstock. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and Silver Embossing Powder and used the Heat Tool to heat set the embossing. The Card Base is Bashful Blue.
I didn't ignore the inside of the card either. It is embellished with an inside sentiment (something that I rarely do but it seemed to fit for this project. I also applied a small strip of the Silver Glitter Paper to the bottom (love that paper) and a length of Wisteria Wonder Ribbon to finish it off! Click on the image to view it larger. This card is definitely a little different from the norm, but I think it turned out really well. And I love the shimmer of the Silver Glitter Paper and the Rhinestone star ... perfection!
If you would like to duplicate this card, here's my measurements to give you a jump start. Building up from the bottom, I used:
- Layer One -- Bashful Blue Cardstock cut at 5.5 x 8.5", scored and folded to make the Card Base.
- Layer Two -- Concord Crush Cardstock cut at 3.75 x 5"
- Layer Three -- Silver Glitter Cardstock cut at 4.25 x 3.25" -- trim the bottom to match the curve
- Layer Four -- Basic Black Cardstock cut at 4 x 3" -- trim the bottom to match the curve
- Layer Five -- Whisper White Cardstock cut at 3.75 x 2.75" -- emboss, brayer and trim the bottom to match the curve
- Inside of Card -- Whisper White cardstock cut at 4 x 5.25" and Silver Glitter Cardstock cut at 5.25 x .75"
Well, that about covers it for this project! I do hope you'll find the time to visit the Stamping 411website and check out the card that the other Operators created this week! There is some beautiful inspiration awaiting you! Have a great weekend, everyone ... and Happy Stamping!