For this week's Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers I created two cards: a coffee card and a pumpkin card. I have quite a collection of coffee-related stamps (coffee is this insomniac's friend!) and I love working with brown hues, so this first card was really fun to make.
I started with a brown card base. I stamped the coffee cup (Close to My Heart) in Stampin' Up! (SU) Chocolate Chip dye ink on Ultrasmooth Vanilla card stock (SU). I cut the image out with a circle die on my Big Shot, then layered that circle on another piece of brown cardstock. I used an old SU tool, Layer Ease, to outline a layer around the stamped circle and cut that out by hand. (On a side note, I am seriously thinking I need to purchase some nesting dies. Trying to cut a perfect layer by hand in the middle of the night is no fun!). I attached two panels of coffee bean patterned paper to a layer of Ultrasmooth Vanilla card stock, then attached them to the card leaving a gap between them. However, the circle is so large that it looks like I just used one large panel. If I were to make this card again, I would just use one large panel across the page rather than taking the time to make two separate sections. I adhered the circle between the panels using dimensionals to help it "pop" off the page.
I stamped the sentiment (Art Impressions) on a piece of Ultrasmooth Vanilla card stock, layered it on a piece of brown card stock, tied some jute around the lower portion of the card and adhered the sentiment over the jute with dimensionals.
You will see more coffee-themed cards on this blog in the coming weeks, and since the weather is turning cooler, hot chocolate will probably make an appearance, too! I stock up on a lot of brown paper during this time of year!
Here is my pumpkin card (sorry for the picture quality...I was trying to capture the embossing):
This card was more challenging for me. I rarely use orange in my crafting and rarely create Halloween-themed cards. The image is a stamp I picked up at Michaels. I stamped it in Memento Espresso Truffle dye ink on white card stock, then colored it with markers. I cut the circle with my Big Shot and inked the edges with a brown marker. I embossed a piece of brown card stock in my Big Shot using a Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder. I cut that into two sections and adhered it to a piece of orange cardstock. I attached a brown card front to a tan card base, then attached the orange panel to the card front. I adhered the pumpkin image in the space between the embossed brown sections. I stamped the sentiment (Unity) in Memento Espresso Truffle on white card stock, layered it on orange card stock and adhered it to the card front.
I actually re-worked this card so many times that I had to put it away and work on it again this morning. Sometimes putting a project aside and coming back to it later gives me a new perspective and fixes any "creative blocks" I'm experiencing. I have a box of images and started cards that I keep on my craft table, and every now and then I will dig in the box and give one of those projects a second chance!
Do you ever just get "stuck" on a card? How do you spark your creativity and breathe new life into an abandoned project? I'd love to hear your comments!