Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #60

Hi, everyone!  This card is my take on the CAS(E) This Sketch #60 challenge.  I love the simplicity of the sketch:

I've made several cards with a strip of paper and focal point on the left-hand side of the card, but moving it over to the right-hand side really gives it a new punch!
Now for my card.  I've been wanting to use this pattern from the new Watercolor Wonder DSP for quite some time.  I just needed the right inspiration.  Plus, I had to get over cutting into a new piece of DSP.  Are you like that?  Do you feel like you need to save your pretty paper for some future, unknown project?  I guess no one can enjoy the paper if we keep it hidden (hoarded) in our craft rooms.  Right? {Smile}
I wanted to try something a little different with the flower image from the Happy Watercolor stamp set.  Instead of coloring the flower, I first used the "blotch" stamp from the same set.   Below are the images included in the set.  I'm referring to the image that is sort of like a large rectangle.

Here's the process:
1)  Ink the "blotch" stamp up with Island Indigo ink and stamp on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Be sure to let the ink dry really well before going to this next part
2)  Next, rub your embossing buddy over the Island Indigo "image."
3)  Ink up the flower image from the same stamp set using Whisper White craft ink (or Versamark), stamp and heat emboss with my favorite....Pewter embossing powder.
4)  Cut out the flower image and set aside.
5)  Rub your embossing buddy across a piece of 2-1/4x3-1/2 piece of Whisper White card stock.
6)  Ink up the entire flower image using Whisper White craft ink, stamp and emboss using Pewter embossing powder.
7)  Adhere the flower that you cut out onto the embossed flower using dimensionals.
Kind of looks like you water colored it, but you didn't.  I'm not much of a "technique" gal.  I like to keep things quick and not too messy.  Embossing is great technique because it's so easy, fast and the results are always beautiful. 
If you haven't tried heat embossing, you really need to give it a shot.  If you have any specific questions on how to heat emboss, just let me know.  I'll be glad to help you.
I decided to keep the rest of the card pretty simple.  Although I'll admit it was difficult to not use an embossing folder on the card front.
Here's everything I used:
Happy Watercolor (2014 Occasions)
Express Yourself
Island Indigo Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Smoky Slate Card Stock
     2x5-1/2 Layer
Gumball Green Card Stock
     Scrap for Greeting
Whisper White Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/2 Main Image
Watercolor Wonder DSP (2014 Occasions)
     1-3/4x5-1/2 Patterned Piece
Whisper White Craft Ink
Island Indigo Stamp Pad
Gumball Green Marker (stem)
Bitty Banners Framelits
Pewter Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Stampin' Dimensionals
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  1. Gorgeous card, Beth! I love how you used the 'watercolour splash' image as your flower colour; I wouldn't have thought of that! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Love this!! I just want you to know how much I enjoy your blog - I really appreciate the dimensions that you include!

  3. Beautifully done! Love your take on the sketch, and the way you used the stamps in this set. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Wonderful card! ...I too have a hard time cutting into a new piece of DSP. It seems like a shame to do it :)

  5. Oh, this is beautiful! Gorgeous take on the sketch!