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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Here is the card I did for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge over at SplitCoastStampers. This was quite a challenge for me. I rarely do square cards. This is my very first 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" card. This layout was very fun to do but the square card almost made me decide NOT to participate in the challenge. Then it dawned on me this is a "challenge" and one should challenge themselves now and then to venture into areas that they are not very familiar with to test the waters. But I managed to come up with an idea and I ran with it. It did not turn out the way I had visioned it, it actually turned out better!!!

I was looking through my decorative papers and I ran across the "Let it snow" paper. I was actually looking for something in more of a tan or aged look. I was thinking of doing something with butterflies. But when I saw that paper I thought I would do snowflakes on the circles. I was going to stamp them on but then I thought it would be fun to punch out some snowflakes from the Cuttlebug folder. SO I ran some Bashful Blue card stock through the Snowflake Cuttlebug folder. Then I took the craft white ink pad and smeared the ink across the raised snowflakes. I heat set the ink to dry it quicker. Then I punched out 8 snowflakes. Actually I had punched out 9 but as I was setting them in place on the card I thought it should say "Let it Snow" in the center. I looked through my stamps but didn't have wording that small. SO onto the computer to print the words out. And of course my printer had been acting up so I had to save the words in a PDF format and email them to myself and then I headed upstairs to the guest room where the tower computer is and a better printers. I tried to get it to print on the HP but it was having some type of issue. I think there is something stuck in queue!!! SO I fired up the colored laser printer. Man that thing takes a long time to warm up. It even makes the lights dim at times. Not a good thing. That thing must really be drawing some heavy duty power!! So sad to warm it up for 3 words! It was actually the second time I used it. We bought it because we thought it would be great to have it for photos. I printed out a photo on it and a photo on the HP and I let hubby and our son pick the one they thought was the laser printer. They both picked the HP one!!! Hmmm. Makes me regret getting that laser printer. Ok, enough about the printer issues. I got the words printed and headed back to my workroom to punch them out. I sponged the edge of the circle with Bashful Blue and I layered all the circles on black card stock. Oh, the snowflake circles are 1" and the black layered circles are 1-1/4".

I taped the background paper down and then proceeded to tape the circles in place. After I got them all on it just wasn't that appealing to me. I thought maybe it could use a snowflake. But after setting one down and then another I saw that each circle needed a snowflake and that is what I did. I stuck them in place with Crystal Effects. I LOVE that stuff!!! And there you have it, my card for the Sketch Challenge!!! I know it's a bit early for Christmas cards but when you think about it the tree goes up in 5 months so it's not that far off!!! LOL

Challenge yourself and give this sketch a try!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


Unknown said...

Great job on your creation, love the color and the snowflakes;)

Lesley said...

I really love your snowflakes...perfect for this sketch! The colours are so pretty too!

Lesley :)