Hello and Happy Wednesday!  And, just because I couldn’t resist popping this on here one time…

(I giggle way too much at this commercial)

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It’s time for…


What is WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS? It’s not really about one thing in particular, but rather “the works” of a stamped card or project.  Today we’re focusing on MAKING A SKETCH YOUR OWN, but a variety of topics will be covered in this segment… from color combos to shaped cards to inspiration pieces to mixing and matching stamps and/or papers…and everything in between.

Yesterday, the new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY was posted.  I really love this sketch because there is just so much you can do with it and I am going to go over, in detail, a couple cards that I did using this sketch so that you can see just some of the different ways you can take (any) sketch and make it your own.

Here’s the sketch once more, along with my sample card from the original post (for comparison purposes)…


As you can see, my original card has a lot going on!  Each panel has multiple layers and textures. In detail, some of the ways that I made this sketch my own for the card above include:

  • I added a base panel.  A lot of times this is not shown in a sketch, but I always like to keep it as an option.  Here the base panel is the black and white print pattern paper that is distressed, sewn and matted with olive cardstock.
  • The center/rectangular panel is tilted.  Don’t be afraid to angle your panels or use different shapes.  This often times adds interest and detail.  This panel is embossed, distressed, sewn and matted as well.
  • For the long, thin rectangular panel I used 3 flag-ended strips, all in different colors and patterns.
  • I did stick with the 3 circles on the right side, but I layered them with the 3 dimensional sparkly spiders for a spooky pop of interest.  If a sketch that has detail like these circles on one side, feel free to flip them to the other side if you can’t get it to work with your image and/or sentiment.  You can also flip the entire sketch to get a completely different look!

Speaking of different looks, take a gander at this card that also uses the October Sketch For You To Try


Can you believe that it’s the same sketch?  I know it’s quite a contrast from my original card, but I promise it is the same sketch used.  Here are some details on how I made the sketch my own on this card…

  • In contrast to my other card, I did not use a base layer here.  I almost always start with a white cardstock base and I kept it clean (and simple) on this card.
  • The center/rectangular panel is not tilted, but is popped up on dimensional adhesive.  I created it as shown on the sketch, except for added the pop of green on the right side.
  • The long rectangular panel is represented by the gray and orange strips (stamped with sentiment from SPOOKY SENTIMENTS), as well as the popped up stripe flag ended panel (stamped from ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS) with the “JUST SAYIN'” sentiment (also from ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS).
  • I did not use circles this time, instead I reached for the polka dot chevron and used it in triplicate on the right side of this card.  These polka dot chevrons (from ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS) pair nicely with the polka dot bat (from SPOOKY CUTIES) that I used as an embellishment.
  • In addition to used the bat as an embellishment, I also added three green sequins that are adorned with enamel dots.

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Needless to say, there are countless ways that you can make a sketch your own.  So, if you’ve always wanted to dive into a sketch…go for it!  Come play along with our SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY for a chance to win lots of stamps (details HERE)!

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Stamps: Spooky Cuties, Spooky Sentiments, Arrows ‘n Elements

White, Green, Gray, Orange cardstock

Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink

Dimensional Adhesive, Sequins, Enamel Dots

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