Monday, September 30, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #105

It's time for another Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  Here's this week's sketch:

The hardest part in making this card was calculating the size of the squares.  If you're OCD like I am, read on to find out how I calculated them.  Otherwise, you can skip this part. :)
The Island Indigo base is 4x4 inches.  I knew that I wanted a 1/8 inch frame around each square.  That's the first calculation: 4 - 3/8 (1/8 on each side and in the middle) = 3-5/8 inches
Here's the tricky part:  3-5/8 divided by 2.  My calculator gave me an unusual number with a string of decimals, so I knew I had to go old school and calculate it by hand.  It's shameful, but I couldn't remember how to divide fractions (my calculator does that for me thank you very much).  Luckily, we have YouTube because I found a tutorial on how to do it  - it all came back to me at that point.  The answer is 1-13/16 (13/16 is 1/16 up from 3/4).  How's that for being OCD?  Laugh if you will, but my squares are "somewhat" perfectly sized.  We won't even go into getting those snowflakes centered in the 1-13/16 inch squares.
The glimmer paper scallops behind the greeting is actually a 2-3/8" scallop circle that I cut into pieces and then added to the back.  The greeting is heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I tried silver, but it didn't have enough pop to it.  I finished the card off with the rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes which just happen to frame the greeting.  I love it when that happens!
Here's everything I used:
Christmas Messages (Holiday)
Coastal Cabana Card Stock
     4-1/4x8-1/2 Card Base
Island Indigo Card Stock
     4x4 Large Layer
     Scrap for Greeting
Winter Frost DSP Stack
     (4) 1-13/16 Squares
Silver Glimmer Paper
     3x3 Scallop Circle
Whisper White Craft Ink
Deco Labels Collection Framelits
2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
White Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Stampin' Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

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  1. Beautiful! I love everything about it! The silver glimmer scallop is very eye-catching and I love the two blues together. I wouldn't have thought they'd go together, but they are just perfect here! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Wow! Wonderful use of this DP. Love the scallop glimmer paper layer! Lots of wonderful inspiration in this design.