Today’s card is all about movement! It’s a fun mix of contrasts based on the latest sketch challenge from MFT Stamps. Honestly, I wasn’t sure at first how to make this sketch work with my style but I think by making some slight changes, taking some artistic license if you will, I’ve managed to create a card design I probably would never have created without the sketch and I’m loving it! That’s the thing about card or scrapbooking sketches…they get you to try new ideas out and I really, really love that!
If you love to create from sketches, be sure to check out this week’s MFT Stamps sketch, #MFTWSC355. Today’s sketch is pretty awesome and I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it.I’ve kept it fairly close to the original except for angling some of the elements to add some fun visual movement to the card. Feel free to turn or flip or alter this sketch to make it work for you. I hope you’ll join in the challenge for some creative time! You can find all the details here on the MFT Challenge Blog. If you’ve never played along, it’s super fun and easy. Consider this your invitation to join us!
This card all started out with the Mini Mail Die-namics set as I thought it would make a fun twist on the basic square shape in the sketch. I love how sweet these mini envelopes are and they fun to put on the card front as cards and envelopes just go together perfectly, right? I’ve stamped the little envelope insert with Hey, You from the More Essential Sentiments Stamp Set. While we are talking sentiment, I’ve love the recent Handwritten Happiness stamp set and it’s beautifully scripted words. Stamped together they make a fabulous background that adds to the theme of the card.
For the star detail on the sketch, I took that very literally and die-cut gold foil stars using the Stitched Star STAX Die-namics. For the horizontal layer in the sketch I’ve turned to one of my favorite dies, the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics. I’ve added in a few more die-cut elements for fun in this design. The Fringed Scallop Borders Die-namics looks fun clipped to the top of the card and an arrow points the way to the main focal point. It’s from the Blueprints 13 Die-namics set which I am SO thankful was not retired!!! Finally, (you knew I was going to use this again right?) the base layers were die-cut using A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics.
Quick Tip: Angling design elements creates visual movement in a design. I love this but they looks best when visually “anchored” by some layers or strips that are perfectly horizontal on the design. This keeps the design from getting out of hand and looking strange.
Card Stock Used: Smooth White, Orange Fizz, Razzle Berry, Gold Foil
Patterned Paper Used: Painted Prints Smitten Paper Pack, Black & White Basics Paper Pack
Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy creating!