My post today is for this week’s Paper Players Sketch Challenge PP514.  I always enjoy the inspiration from The Paper Players Design Team. Below is Jaydee’s sketch.

When I first saw Jaydee’s  sketch, my brain registered “long and lean” times three.  I went through my stamps to find a match, which is what I generally do when I’m working with an inspirational sketch.  I thought the long, lean poppy image from the Painted Poppies stamp set would work well.  The next question I ask myself is, “What do I do with the image”?  I do lean more toward a clean card design with lots of white space, so there I went once again!

  • I stamped the poppy image times three on a Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 3″ layer with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then I stamped the small shadow image from Painted Poppies with Bumblebee ink to give my poppies a little color.
  • I attached the three poppy layers to one larger layer that measures 3 1/8″ X 4 7/8″.
  • The Bumblebee larger layer is from the 2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper pack.
  • I layered the Bumblebee layer onto a slightly larger Basic Black layer (which is not easy to see in the picture) because I wanted to “lift” the Bumblebee layer. A mat layer will always do just that.
  • My completed “sketch” was ready to add to a Basic Black standard A-2 card base.
  • I chose the “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” sentiment from the Love of Leaves stamp set because I not only love the sentiment, but the font weight matched beautifully with the lines of the poppies.
  • The font is also simple enough to allow the poppies times three to have center stage!

I hope you enjoy today’s project as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Thank you Jaydee, for your “long and lean” times three sketch and thanks to the Paper Players Design Team for such awesome inspiration.

So, grab a favorite stamp, multiply it by 3, add a little color and a few layers and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


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