Let’s celebrate a Happy Christmas with The Paper Players!

Today is a first for me in a long time.  I haven’t participated in a card making challenge in a few years, so I’m a little nervous about linking it up, what time do I post, etc. etc.  Slowly but surely, I’m getting back in the blogging groove and truly enjoying it.

The Paper Players  was always a favorite challenge. I “played” with them for quite a few years!  When I checked in to see what the Design Team was up to, I saw there was a Sketch Challenge.  Since getting back into the Challenges has been on my mind, I thought this was the week to do it and Joanne’s Sketch Challenge would be it!

Let’s talk about today’s card.

This is a fun sketch but it really has lots of layers. Joanne wasn’t kidding!  Actually, I love layers so I enjoyed putting it all together.

Whenever I create a card for a sketch, I usually start with a stamped image. I think about what would work with the sketch.  I mostly look at the size of the image and its line weight. I can usually decide my theme from there.

The stamped image today is from the Celebration Tidings stamp set and is one that I’ve used over and over again. I love the simplicity of it, the size and the line weight. The sentiment stamp is from the Warm Hugs stamp set.  I also chose this sentiment because of its size and its font line weight worked nicely with the image. They are both clean, simple and slightly striking. The image needs no color. It can carry itself along with just one Silver Metallic Pearl. So, the top layers of my card were done before anything else.

My color inspiration, Misty Moonlight, Silver Metallic and Whisper White,  was from a favorite photographed design from the Feels Like Frost DSP. I used this to cut and hand crop the wide banner.  The silver and white patterned paper in the background is also from the Feels Like Frost DSP collection. I saw the “pattern repeat” in the stamped image and the patterned paper, so I knew they would work well together. Lots of tiny circles and curved lines in this card design.

In the end, all of Joanne’s layers work beautifully together.  Since this was my first in a while, I took no artistic license with this sketch. Thank you, Joanne and The Paper Players Design Team for your inspiration today.

So, pull out your favorite stamped image, stamp it on a 2 3/4″ square, match a sentiment with it, cut lots of layers and create something simple and striking!

The only limitation is your imagination!



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