Friday, January 15, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge SSC134

Hey stampers! We have successfully survived the week! Yahoo! Do you all have a long weekend too? I LOVE school holidays if for no other reason than we can all sleep in! It's the only time I think I'm actually ready for a Monday! Ha!

Soooo, since we have a long weekend and you get to sleep in on Monday, why don't you STAMP with us this weekend? It's time for another fab Saturday Sketch Challenge from your Operators at Stamping 411. Our sketch queen, Selene has thrown us a real doozy this week - she doesn't know I have a hard time with diagonal lines......
When I saw this sketch, my heart just sank, the more I looked at it, the more I didn't want to create a card for it. Have you ever felt that way? Well, that's exactly the time you need to put your big girl panties on and go STAMP something! So, here is the sketch:

And here is what I came up with after I changed my panties:

Is it possible to be in LOVE with a card? I so {heart} this card!
Here are some of the details:

1) Card base layer is Naturals Ivory cardstock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded to make a card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". It is sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.
2) Real Red layer is 4" x 5 1/4" and is sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.
3) Kraft layer is 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". It is stamped with the En Francais Background stamp in Close to Cocoa ink. I very lightly laid it on the inked up stamp which was placed rubber side up on my counter. Then I just lightly tapped and rubbed it to get an aged look. The cardstock edges were sponged with Chocolate Chip ink too.
4) Naturals Ivory layer is 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" but is torn and distresed diagonally to match the sketch. I ran this layer through my Big Shot with the Finial Press Embossing Folder then sponged it lightly with Chocolate Chip ink. The cardstock edge was rolled and crumpled a bit to make it aged and worn. I then highlighted some of the dry embossed areas with my Versamarker and embossed them with Iridescent Ice EP and my Heat Tool.

The focal point layers are Real Red, cut at 3" x 2 3/4" and is sponged with more Chocolate Chip as is the Naturals Ivory layer which is cut at 2 3/4" x 2 1/2". It is also stamped with the En Francais Background stamp. I didn't reink it after stamping the Kraft layer and used the same method as before so this would be even lighter in color.

For the heart accents, I used my Full Heart Punch and some dsp scraps from the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' kit. I wet and crumpled them then sponged them with Chocolate Chip ink to age the paper. The odd heart is punched from the scrap of the dry embossed card layer and is sponged with a combo of Chocolate Chip and Real Red. I then added some Versamarker and Iridescent Ice EP to it as well for some more glitter! Oohlala!
All the hearts are attached using a combo of Mini Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals.

For my ribbon and bow accent, I used the yummy Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and wrapped one piece around the large layers, adhering it on the back with SNAIL. Then I tied a bow with a second piece of ribbon, adding the Rhinestone Fire Square Brad to the center. I opened the prongs all the way and wrapped them around the middle of the bow, then folded them around and tucked them under the ribbon so they wouldn't show. A little snip on the ribbon ends for a crisp look and the outside was done.

I kept the inside pretty simple and stamped another piece of Kraft cardstock cut at 4" x 5 1/4" with the En Francais Background again, this time using Versamark ink. It is sponged with more - yep, you guessed it - Chocolate Chip ink. I then added the greeting from Holiday Best with Real Red ink as well as the vines from Vintage Vogue to finish it off.

So, now I just have to say THANK YOU SELENE for that great sketch! HA! You forced me out of my box again and I love what happened!
Now, it's YOUR turn stampers!
Get out those stamps, inks and papers, print off the sketch and let it inspire you too. We at Stamping 411 LOVE to see what you do creatively each week and you never know, YOU might just end up in the Friday Operator's Picks Showcase! Once you've finished your project, just upload it to the Stamping 411 blog using the Mr. Linky widget provided.
And while you are there, be sure to check out all the other operator's projects too - I KNOW they will inspire you!
Happy Stamping!


  1. This is beautiful. I (heart) it too.

  2. Robin, you totally crack me up. Your card is favorite...LOVE IT!!!!

  3. WOW! Everything about this card is just fabulous! Oh!....Did I say WOW?!!

  4. This is me with my chin hitting the floor (ouch) when I saw this eye popping gorgeous card! I triple heart this.. Holy Smokes!!!

  5. just beautiful thank you for sharing.

  6. I LUV your card---it's beyond describption!

  7. THis is one GORGEOUS card! You did an awesome job with the sketch.

  8. Love the vintage feel of this card! Gorgeous!

  9. FAAAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS my friend! It's awesome!!! :)


  10. Love you card! It looks like the vintage you saw at Leadership must have inspired you.

  11. Robin--the more I look at this the more I absoutely LOVE it. Everything about it is just FAB. Hope you don't mind if I CASE it.

  12. I am sooooo happy you put on your BIG GIRL panties and made a card for this sketch because I sooooo want this card to show up in my mailbox!!! I know I always tell you this about your cards (because they are awesome) but I really really mean it about this card!!!!! I WANT THIS CARD!!!! If it doesn't show up in my mailbox very soon I guess I will just have to CASE it!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

    Miss you so much!!

  13. Robin, this is absolutely stunning! Beautiful take on the, love, love your colors. Gorgeous!

  14. WOW, your big girl panties must have worked 'cuz this is BEAUTIFUL!!

  15. lol, I'm off to change my panties.... I absolutely love your card.. the vintage feel is awesome.. TFS ~ R ;)

  16. This is a beautiful card, so soft and pretty and with lovely details here and there!

  17. Don't you just love when Selene takes us out of our comfort zone?
    This card is a beauty! It's very Shabby Chic'

  18. WOW!!! What a beautiful card Robin!!! I have to say though, you cracked me up with the comments about the Big Girl panties. Thanks for the laughs, but most importantly..thanks for the inspiration!!

  19. Beautiful, Robin - Love the vintage feel and the red square brad is a great touch.

  20. What a terrific card! Love all the distressing and sponging (I am no good at it so I love it when I see it done well!).

  21. Is is so totally STRIKING, Robin! I love it! Thanks for the call today, too!

  22. Not only did I laugh at your post, but I absolutely appreciated how you took a rather simple sketch to a very glamorous finish. Extrememly well done. You're a big girl now!

  23. Love your card Robin! I am so going to have to copy it!

  24. Robin, I copied your card for my husband's Valentine card (and a variation for some friends, too). I hope you'll check my version of it here:

  25. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for clearly sharing the "how to's"!!! This is the 1st time I've ever commented on a Pinterest post....cannot WAIT to make this card!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm so glad you shared and I hope you enjoy making your own!


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