Wednesday, May 27, 2009

To Sketch or Not to Sketch

Today is the sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. I almost didn't participate today because I really am terribly challenged at multiple layering on my cards. I really struggle with bringing multiple colors and patterns together in a pleasing manner, and I so admire those of you who are so good at it! But then I said to myself the purpose of a challenge is to make us stretch and grow in our creativity, so I set about the task of seeing what I could do.

Now, if you could only see my stamp table from this morning's endeavors....it LOOKS like a tornado hit! I can't even begin to count how many different colors of cardstock and designer paper I cut out for the different layers on today's sketch challenge. I probably could make another twenty cards from the scraps left on my table! Ha! Anywhoooo, several hundreds of minutes later, here's what I finally settled on.

My layers on this card start with a More Mustard card base, then a matting of Not Quite Navy, a piece of Very Vanilla embossed with the Cuttlebug houndstooth embossing folder after I rubbed More Mustard onto the folder, Chocolate Chip matting for the smaller panels, and SU designer paper from an old scrapbook pack.

Aren't these little buttons cute? They are from Stampin' Up's Latte button collection. I like how the floral brown button matches the shape of the Trendy Tree. I used Stampin' Up's tag corner punch for the opposing corners on my main image panel and then paper pierced those corners. The stamp-a-ma-jig really comes in handy for lining up the tree branches with the tree foliage on the Trendy Trees stamp set.

So, how about helping a gal out here and sharing some of your tips for how you bring multiple colors, patterns, and layers together. I'd love to hear from you!

Stamps: Trendy Trees, All Holidays

Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, SU dp

Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: SU Latte buttons, SU tag corner and oval punches, paper piercer, dimensionals, Cuttlebug houndstooth embossing folder.


StampOwl said...

love it Charlene

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

I am so glad to hear that others struggle with multiple layers. I just can't get it... I LOVE this though.. I think those buttons are great and the paper you chose is perfect for layers. Great job Charlene.. Way to challenge yourself.

Julia Aston said...

Nice job on the sketch Charlene! I took one look and said - too busy for me!! You settled it down by using monochromatic colors - love your buttons!

Cindy Haffner said...

You nailed this sketch Charlene, I didn't even try it. Some days all those layers just look to hard. Wonderful job.

Judy Rozema said...

I think that your card turned out beautifully!! I love it! And I love your new background with the red/black and white!

Gloria Dojlido said...

Oh this is just so pretty! Beautiful work.

Pat (mspfd) said...

OMG, what a fabulous take on this week's SCS sketch. Love the colors and wonderful detailing. You rocked the challenge, Charlene!

Traci M said...

Well, here Charlene, let me show you how I deal with multiple layered cards...just go check my busted cutter sitting in my trash can over in that corner!!
My brain doesn't handle the stress of measuring, thank goodness for the nestabilities, that helps layer without thinking as hard...but you did bring this sketch to life and made it not so busy in my mind, and love the color combination. Me, I just skipped that challenge and decided mice and cupcakes were the way to go yesterday!

Mothermark said...

Well, I didn't do this one, maybe by what you are saying that is a good thing? But your card is lovely! I love the colors and papers you chose...looks pretty darn good to me!!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

I agree that this was one wild and wacky cketch...but you overcame that and made a really lovely, pulled together card....kudos, my dear

Debbie said...

I really struggle w multiple layers myself... I think one color/pattern will go and then when I lay it down, well, uh, not so much. LOL. But, I think you did a great job and your card looks beautiful! Great job! :o)
Debbie Lee