Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Card Week, Part 2

Card Sketch #15

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the card sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar.

“Winter Birthday Card” by Sue Althouse
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Holly Jolly Christmas); Alphabets: Bella Blvd. (Sophisticates); Tools: Creative Memories Corner Rounder and Circle Cutting System, Sew Easy; Stamp: Hero Arts (Clear Snowflakes); Other: brown chalk ink, American Crafts Zing! white embossing powder, Doodlebug mini jewels

I stayed close to the sketch with only a few minor variations to create this birthday card for my niece. I love using leftover Christmas-themed paper to create something non-Christmas!

Variation #1 - rounded the edges of the two right corners.

Variation #2 - inked edges of the striped strip.

Variation #3 - added jewels to the center of the snowflakes.

Variation #4 - added dimensional adhesive to two of the snowflakes.

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"Winter Wonders" by Michele Edwards
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill, American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Chatterbox; Embellishments: Snowflakes cut with die-namics, trees cut with Cricut (Christmas Cartridge); Alphabets: Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook), Marvy liquid applique; Ink: Colorbox Pigment, copic markers, marvey gel pen; Floss: DMC


1. Instead of a card, I did a two-page layout.

2. I made the snowflakes 3-D and popped several up using pop-dots.

3. I cut a curvy bottom edge to the photo mat.

I loved this sketch, my first as part of the Creative Team. I took these pictures in Algonquin Park. The trails are almost deserted in the winter and there is a much better chance of seeing wildlife. I'm always amazed that these tiny, seemingly fragile gems of nature not only survive the cold Ontario winters, they thrive. We were lucky to see large flocks of redpoles and several boreal chickadees, migrants from the high arctic, along with the usual year-round birds.

I used MARVY liquid applique on the title to further the winter theme, I was surprised just how 'puffy' the letters became! I framed the photo mat with wintery trees that I shaded using my copic markers, then a MARVY gel pen to suggest snow. I popped up the bottoms of two of the trees to add depth. Finally I used the liquid applique under the trees to ground them.

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"New Year Cheer" by Penny Grimsley
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Echo Park; Alphabets: Cosmo Cricket and Making Memories; Punches: Martha Stewart; Ink: Jenni Bowlin; Stamp: Hero Arts; Embossing Folder: Sizzix

Variation #1 - I added a snowflake punch border above and below the sketch background.

Variation #2 - I used a stamped and embossed label to showcase my message.

Variation #3 - I let the vertical lines and pattern on the paper serve as the embellishment.

Variation #4 - I added the red snowflake punch to create a visual triangle of red.

Variation #5 - I added a strip of red cardstock behind the striped strip.


fancynan said...

Sue, the Happy B-day theme and colors are fun!

Penny, great 1st project as a design team member - looking forward to your creations during the year!

Michele, wonderful layout. I appreciate it so much when designers take a card or add-on design and create 2-page layouts!!!!! Way to go! I love the theme of this layout and your presentation.

Thanks ladies!

Michelle*G said...

Love all of these! I really like the dimension on the layout - beautiful!

dawn said...

WOW WOW WOW for all 3 of you!!

Love the colors of the first one, love the pictures/theme for the second and the layout for the third.

All the sketches are wonderful and love all the takes on them!!

What a INSPIRING first week of the New Year!!

Kathy said...

Sue, your HB card is amazing!! Love the colors, so very happy.

Michelle, I blown away by your layout. Seriously looks like art on a page!!

Penny, that snowflake border is so cute!

All three are just creative genius!!

Suzanna said...

WOW ladies!! Absolutely stunning!! Great work! It's gonna be another fantastic year here at SS I can see!

Ashley Horton said...

Love the different takes on the Card sketch!! Great job Ladies!

Virginia Nebel said...

Beautiful projects, love it all!!

Luv2talk said...

These projects are all so freak'n amazing, I feel like a beginner. LOL Really, girls, your creativity is simply amazing. I am continually WOWed by what I see here. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

(And I'm not even trying to win anything. LOL)

connie said...

More great cards! Michele beautiful LO.

Melissa Elsner said...

Oh my goodness that two page layout is amazing! Love seeing the sketches from this perspective. Fabulous work ladies!

Carolyn Wolff said...

Wow, another great day of projects.

Sue - This is a perfect card for a winter birthday. Love your colour scheme and the bling on the snowflakes.

Michele - So much dimension. I really like that liquid applique. Great job!

Penny - So cool! Great border along the bottom.

Lynette said...

Well done...such cool projects.