Friday, May 15, 2015

1 Sketch, 2 Very Different Cards

Catch the Bug challenge blog is currently having their "Stella Says Sketch" challenge #309. The idea is to create a card inspired by the sketch they posted:


I ended up creating 2 cards, one for a boy and the other for a girl, to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids.


For my first card, I was inspired by this card by Dawn Frost. I liked the way that she had the boy's legs extending beyond the bottom of the panel.

I printed Bugaboo's "Kidz--Sitter Music" onto a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I colored him with Inktense pencils, using a damp brush both the pick the color off the pencils and apply it to the paper, and to blend out the colors. After I had finished coloring him in, I painted the background with regular blue watercolor. Finally, I trimmed off the bottom of the panel, except for his legs, which I fussy cut around.

I chose 2 patterned papers from Kaisercraft's "Technologic" 6.5" square paper pad. I die cut the black paper with the largest of Simon Says Stamp's "Stitched Rectangles," and trimmed the red paper into a strip. I punched one end of the strip with the "Binder Edge" edger punch by EK Success. I die cut the other end with one side of the "Stitched Rectangles" die, to maintain the faux stitching along the edge. Finally, I glued that in place, and adhered the focal panel on top.

I didn't have a ready-made greeting that I felt would work, so I created my own on the computer. I printed it on a piece of grey cardstock, cut it in a banner shape, die cut the end with the "Stitched Rectangles" die, and glued it on the background. Finally, I matted the whole thing with a dark red cardstock, and adhered it to an A2 card base.


I used Bugaboo's "Fancy Sunbonnet Flowers" digital image for my other card. I also printed that on 140 lb. watercolor paper, and used my Inktense pencils and watercolor to color the image and the background, respectively. Once that dried, I matted it with navy blue cardstock.

For the banner, I cut a strip of patterned paper from Fancy Pants Designs' "Burlap & Bouquets" 6x6" pad, and punched the bottom edge with the "Scallop Sentiment" border punch by Fiskars. I die cut the background panel from a piece of patterned paper from the same pad, again using the "Stitched Rectangles" die. I also die cut the top of the banner strip; again, to have the faux stitching. I adhered the banner in place, and glued the focal panel on top of that.

I chose one of the greetings from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp's "Colorful Sentiments" digital stamp set. I printed it on a piece of cardstock, cut it to size, and punched one end with the "Scallop Sentiment" punch. I also die cut the other end with the "Stitched Rectangles," before adhering it in place. Finally, I matted the finished panel with green cardstock, and adhered it to an A2 card base.

I'm also entering these cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Simon Brand Products"
Virginia's View Challenge #14: "Layers & Dimension"
Catch the Bug's Theme Challenge: "In the Garden" (2nd card only)

15 comments:

  1. Wow both cards are great but the first one is my favourite because of the deep rich colours! Thanks for joining us for Catch the Bug in the Garden challenge, hope to see you again, Dawn Bugaboo DT

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  2. So cute! Thanks for joining us "In the Garden" at the Bugaboo Stamps blog challenge this week. Good luck in the draw :)
    love
    Jen L
    Bugaboo DT

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  3. I love both of these, especially the boy card, we don't get as many boy cards! :) I hope you get picked for a challenge! :)

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    1. Thanks, Janet! I'll keep in mind to make more boy cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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  4. Fun cards, Andrea! That is so sweet of you to donate them. I'm certain that they will really brighten someone's day! Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. We love seeing what people create!
    ~Michelle
    http://www.michellezerull.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I'm glad you liked them! :)

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  5. I love both of your darling cards. I agree with the boys legs hanging. Such a cute idea. Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug.

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  6. You are right, these are very different. You used pretty papers and colors for the girly one. But the boy one is perhaps my favorite, I love boy cards as I have only nephews and no nieces, so I'm always looking out for inspiration for masculine designs.
    Good luck in the challenge! Pia, Bugaboo DT

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    1. Thank you! Hope I provided some inspiration for masculine cards for you!

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    2. Two great cards. Great job on the watercoloring.

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  7. Both your cards are such fun creations! Thanks for joining us for Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch. I'm holding thumb that your entry comes up lucky in the random draw. Please join us again soon!
    Love
    Jen L
    Bugaboo DT

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