It’s Monday, and I decided to create a card for the Fab Friday Sketch Challenge.  The Design Team came up with a fun, simple sketch, so I thought I would join in.

If you read my blog regularly, you know I enjoy creating from a sketch.  I also tend to doodle my own sketches when I look at a stamp set.

Sketches work for me and are a great tool when I want to make a card and don’t know where to start.  Today, I took a bit of artistic license with this sketch.  I followed the general design, but added a little twist.  That happens at times.  As I’m moving through my card design, I think of something I want to try and go with it.  Sometimes it works!  I’m happy with the finished card.

In Good Taste Designer Series Paper was launched in last year’s Annual Catalog.  It will be available again in the upcoming  Annual Catalog on May 4th.  So, I can say this is my first Sneak Peek for you!  The patterns in this Designer Series Paper combine beautiful layers and rich textures.  The colors are neutral and can be feminine or masculine.  I used patterns today for a more masculine card.

I chose a simple sentiment from the Garden Wishes stamp set.  The Tailored Tag Punch worked perfectly for the sentiment.  Do you notice a little pattern repeat?  I know you do.  The diamond textured pattern in the Designer Series Paper closely matches the pattern of the punch!  And, the Tailored Tag Punch is also in the new catty.  Two Sneak Peeks!!   I have another Sneak Peek for you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.

Below are my card measurements:

  • I cut a standard A-2 top-fold card base from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • I covered the front of the card with the Night of Navy textured diamond pattern Designer Series Paper.
  • The center larger Night of Navy layer is 3 3/8″ x 5 1/2″.
  • On top of the Night of Navy layer, I added a Smoky Slate cardstock layer at 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • I hand cropped both Night of Navy flagged banners.  They measure 2 5/8″ x 5/8″.
  • The center Night of Navy and Basic White strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″.
  • I added a patterned paper strip to the inside of the card.

So, find your richly textured patterned paper, add it to a card base with a few banners and a sentiment and create something masculine!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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