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Thursday, October 4, 2012

TCP Tuesday #230--A Sketch by Amy

Well, I know it's a little past Tuesday, but I have a card here that I did using Amy Sheffer's awesome sketch for this week's TCP Tuesday Challenge from The Cat's Pajamas.  Here's a look at the sketch she made for us this week:

See?  It's a fun one, huh!?  I'll definitely be using it again.  For my card, I have had this little Christmas girl from the Jingle Bells clear stamp set colored for FOREVER!  I think even from last year!  I was going to use her for a challenge that a little birdy  had told me about, but then the challenge was changed and I had to set her aside.  I even had all the papers picked out and everything was neatly stashed in a project bag, so it was an easy go of it, when I decided to use all that stuff for this week.

I was a little at a loss as to what to do with all that blank space in the upper right corner of the image panel.  I really wanted to cut her out and place her onto a backdrop.  However, since I had already went around the image with my BV31 for some "pop" shading, I couldn't do that.  After playing around with the BIG blank space that seemed to keep getting bigger and bigger, I had a "bazinga" moment and thought of using the Stamp Trio CutUps die and making a little embellishment for that corner. Since we don't quite have a coordinating Christmas set for those postage stamps, I had to improvise and used a snowflake from the Freezin' Season set and the sentiments from the Commemorating You set.  I think it worked out perfectly, while I patiently wait for that Christmas stamp set I'm thinking would be a great addition to the line!  (Helloooo, Alma!!!)

Wanna play along?  Just make a card using this sketch--Amy's got all the extra special details on her blog HERE.

A little note:  The 5th usually brings the Diva Inspiration Hop from Verve, but we are scooting it back a day to coincide with World Cardmaking Day.  We'll see ya back here on Saturday!

One more noteDEBRA, you asked me the other day in a comment what embossing folder I used HERE on THIS card.  It's from Sizzix and it doesn't have much of a name--Retro Circles from the Christmas Set #6.  I bought it at Hobby Lobby not too long ago, so they should still have it if you don't want to order it direct from Sizzix.  Sorry I had to address it here, but you didn't have an email or any way for me to respond through your Blogger profile--please keep that in mind ya'll.  I love hearing from you and answering questions ya'll have!  There you go. I hope you see this.  :)

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I like to paper pierce edges for a little added detail.  In this case, I wanted the piercing really close to the edge.  So I used my piercing template and mat (from Stampin' Up) and punched all my holes about an eighth of an inch in, but then just trimmed the edges close to my piercing with my 12" trimmer.  Piercing too close to the edge may have rumpled and bent the cardstock, even with the template and mat.  This keeps it neat and unrumpled.

Stamps:  Jingle Bells, Freezin' Season, Commemorating You (The Cat's Pajamas)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Scarlet Jewel (PTI), Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Wild Wasabi, Craberry Crisp (SU!), Cityscape (SUINK)
Accessories:  Stamp Trio CutUps Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Swirls Embossing Folder, Copic Markers, White Gel Pen, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack (SU!), Silver Brads, Green Adhesive Rhinestone (K&Company), Button, Licorice Divine Twine (TCP), Jody Boosters
Finished Size:  A2


  1. So absolutely gorgeous! This is one of my favorite TCP images and you used it so beautifully. Love the colours on your card, too! Well-played!

  2. Beautiful. Love it and the colors you used are great. Gorgeous work and love the tip on how to get that postage look to an embellishment. Love your tips. Hugs


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