Card sketches are another great way of getting you creating. I first started creating for card sketch challenges years ago. I had to do a little search back in time but I think the first card sketch challenge I did was back in 2005. It’s been awhile! I won’t scare you with the original. You’re welcome!
Yesterday I felt like creating but wasn’t quite sure where to start or even, what I wanted to create. A challenge is always a great place to start and it occured to me that’s it’s been forever and a day since I played along with one on splitcoaststampers.com. Sketch challenge 493 is a lovely classic card sketch and seemed like a wonderful place to start creating from.
This card is a mix of stamping and patterned paper. What I’m really rediscovering lately is my love for vellum. It’s a classic and so soft and lovely that I’m thrilled to see it back in favour among paper crafters. This is nothing new under the sun and all that, right?
What I’ve done with the vellum in this card design is stamp it with a background stamp on the reverse side. It’s stamped on the REVERSE side to soften the ink look. This is a FABULOUS trick if you have ink that’s too bright and you want to soften the look a bit. Just flip the vellum over for a much lighter and more ethereal look. There’s another thing you want to note when stamping on vellum. Many dye based inks will smear on vellum. I just can’t say enough about the Ranger Archival Inks. They are permanent and work SO well on vellum. Just heat set them to speed up the drying process and you’re good to go.
Quick Tip: You can think out of the box while still staying true to a sketch design. For this card sketch design, I’ve interpreted the horizontal panel as a stitched box instead of a layer. The stitching just worked much better for my design and also balances out the black stamped sentiment.