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Saturday, April 19, 2008

A {Squared} Sketch For You To Try

Jen's Sketch For You To Try today is SO FUN, I am offering up two samples! Get it--a "squared" sketch (the sketch times 2, plus it's a square)?!? Give me a break, it's all I got. For the first one, here's something a little different from me. I love the shabby, vintage, but neat and clean style that Julia Stainton of Belle Papier has for a lot of her creations. They always have just the right amount of touches and the colors she uses are stunning! So I have been wanting to give that look a whirl and thought this sketch would be a perfect fit for it! Not a lot of layers, hardly any ribbon and NO dimensionals (like I usually do), a little inking over all the edges with some Cat's Eyes brown inks and this card came together in no time! Hmm....I can see myself doing more of these types of cards.
Just so ya'll who don't like this style wouldn't think I had been on some crafting reality show and had a total crafting style makeover (Wouldn't that be nice, though? Wait--only if you got all the "stuff" that went with it to keep it up. Yeah, sign me up!), I decided to make another one, but with a more traditional look. I had never used my new Ella and Looloo stamp from Stamping Bella, and I hadn't watercolored with my inks and an Aquapainter on true watercolor paper for a while, so those are the things I reached for this time. I really like the softer, understated look of it! So the first card has a panel running across the middle and this one has the card base in the middle with strips of paper running across the top and bottom that are actually quite sparkly (so click on the pictures for more detail). So many ways to interpret a sketch, wouldn't you say? Take a look at Jen's sketch again and don't miss Sarah Green's sample over there as well. See how my partners in crime rendered it by checking out their fabulous blogs: Shannan, Carole and Amy. So what do you think? Stick with "what I know" or try a few more of the shabby chic cards? I really like them both!

TIP: When watercoloring, rather than literally wiping away excess water, simply touch a piece of papertowel or TP to it and watch it get sucked up with no smearing. Don't forget to use a waterproof ink for the line image as well.

BONUS TIP: If you just need a small piece of scallop border, punch a scallop square and cut a strip off one side.

Adorable Baby Card:
Stamps: Baby Girl (Inkadinkado), French Script, Rhonna Farrar Swirls V.1
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Ranger Vintage Photo, Cat's Eye Chestnut Roan and Chestnut
Paper: Sage Shadow, DP by Basic Grey and Noteworthy (Making Memories)Other: Prima Flowers, Wooden Flower Button Brad, Ribbon from Target, Paper Frills by Doodlebug Designs, Crystal Effects

Thank You Princess Card:
Stamps: Ella and Looloo (Stamping Bella), Noteworthy (SU!)
Ink: Palette Noir, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Green Galore, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Groovy Guava, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa, Cool Caribbean
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Whisper White, DP by DCWV the Baby Girl Nursery Collection
Other: White Grosgrain Ribbon, White Bride's Flowers, Liquid Pearls, Glass Crystals, Stardust Glitter Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Aquapainter


  1. Me likeeee!! So cute!

  2. Sus, when I saw the first card, I said to myself that it looked like a card Julie Stainton would make... then I read your blog entry. LOL So... mission accomplished! I see that awesome wood brad! PRETTY! Your other card is amazing! The coloring is perfect and I love the scalloped square trick. You rock girlie!

  3. Super-fab, Sus! I like both of them a lot -- you should definitely do more of the shabbies -- very cool and cute, too. And your watercolor is lovely. Great job, you over-achiever! : ) (Way to make the rest of us look like slackers... ;) )

  4. Your samples ROCK, Susan!!! That first one is so chic, and the second, sweet as can be. I love the two different takes. Great job with the sketch!

  5. Love both of these Susan! I too love Julia's style, but I've never been able to pull it off as you have done...just fabulous! Love "your" style too...very cute with the flowers!

  6. I think your Julia-esque card turned out really nice, though I have to say I really, really like YOUR style -- your other card was super cute! tfs

  7. Wow! Both cards are great. Way to try something new:)

  8. beautiful. love the shabby chic look to the first one...the second one is darling as well!

  9. beautiful. love the shabby chic look to the first one...the second one is darling as well!

  10. I love BOTH cards! I think you captured Julia's style perfectly! :)

  11. Oh wow! Thanks so much! I absolutely adore your cards! They are both stunning!


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