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Friday, 31 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B27
Topic: Sketch Challenge

AAAAK! I totally missed that this was a square card when I cut out all the parts for it. Here is OWH bonus sketch B27:

Sure, it seems obvious here, but on the page where I had the sketches printed 4-to-a-page it went right over my head.

The tag I used was smaller than the sketch allowed so, even with the rearrangement of the sentiment block, I ended up with a card that had way too much blank space at the top.

To balance this a little I added three tiny rhinestones along one of the lines.

I do like the colors of the papers and how they echo the flowers in the tag.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B26
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Do you realize how CLOSE we are to the end of these sketches? Here is OWH bonus sketch B26:

Well, that's different!

I had some pre-done diecuts from a long-ago swap and layered two of them with some patterned paper for the feature piece. 

To really make the cut edges pop I used a black background and mounted it on a matching cream card base.

I stayed with the heart shown in the sketch. If I were to do this one again I would back the vellum heart sticker with some white so it would be brighter.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B25
Topic: Sketch Challenge

And on we go with the OWH sketches - today it's bonus sketch B25:

I wanted to create my own elegant background so I reached for a lace-printed paper and overlaid it with groupings of rose stickers.

To allow more of the background to show I cut the sentiment panel down and tied the twine around that instead of the whole card like the sketch shows.

The white base card shows as a border around the whole card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 257
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Another new OWH sketch is thrown into the mix - number 257.

I worked on this totally backwards from my usual method - I chose the sentiment block first from my file of pre-stamped scriptures.

This led to the bright dotted paper and that led to the background blue dotted paper. While I was in the dot-selecting mode I chose three plain papers from the colors in the feature paper and diecut circles from them.

Each of the circles got a silver medallion from a sheet of peel-off stickers and then I layered everything with black.

Three black brads are in keeping with both the design and the colors.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 27 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B24
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A simple sketch, a simple card - here's OWH bonus sketch B24:

I'm still trying to figure out why the measurements for the center panel are 3.5 as it is obviously not that tall.

I had a rub-on seed packet that was so old I wasn't sure it was going to apply to the paper. But a bit of babying and I managed to get it to stick.

To fit the sketch, the lower horizontal band covered up the name of the plant but the rub-on sheet had a smaller version of the label that I could use on top of it.

I used a green layer to go with the seed packet, a lavender layer for the flowers on the illustration and a white card base for the border matching the oval.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B23
Topic: Sketch Challenge

 You DO know that a heart, star or flower in a sketch really serves as a 'placeholder' allowing for any other element to fill that space? That is the route I took on OWH bonus sketch B23

I had some silver Dazzles stickers designed to layer. I chose different shimmer papers for the layers and trimmed out the flowers with scissors.

I pierced a hole in the center of each layer and staccked them on the prongs of a flower brad. The layers were also glued so they would not shift but would stay with their petals offset.

I mounted the stacked flower on a top-fold silver shimmer card base. and added a stem from the flower sticker sheet.

The silver peel-off sentiment landed just where the sketch indicates it should be.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B22
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Simple can be boring or it can be classy - I choose the latter for OWH bonus sketch B22:

Sometimes I forget until it is too late that placing vellum stickers on a colored background will change their color. I wanted that green background but didn't intend to get all that green in the petals. Oh well.

I selected colors from the illustration for the background strips and bordered the main panel and the background  with white.

I trimmed down a pre-stamped sentiment to include a thin white border and popped it up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 24 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B21
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Due to a heat wave I have been able to work in my cool basement studio without guilt. Now we're up to OWH bonus sketch B21.

This time I played it straight, only diverging by letting the clear vinyl butterfly sticker escape the bounds of the circle element.

I backed this with a piece imprinted with lace in white, gold and silver.

I used the extensions above and below this panel to stamp the sentiment in two parts.

The main background is yellow to match the butterfly.

I used a white card base with a small border showing all around the edges.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B20
Topic: Sketch Challenge

There sure are a lot of non-traditional card shapes in amongst the OWH bonus sketches. Number B20 is another square one.

A plaid and a dot were chosen to echo the colors in the vellum sticker mounted on white.

When I cut the circle, I placed the upper plate only down to the beginning of the ribbons. This allowed me to remove the partially cut circle from the die and finish the shaped portion of the cutting with a craft knife.

I cut out the pre-stamped sentiment with a round punch and mounted it with foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B19
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I love a good pun used on a card. I got to indulge myself on OWH bonus sketch 19:

I had to do a little adjusting to accomodate the balloons on the gold peel-off sticker but it is still in the spirit of the design. I placed the sticker on shimmer paper and used a craft knife to cut away the portions inside the balloons. These were backed with different colors of shimmer paper before the whole piece was mounted on a white base card.

On the same sticker sheet was the text phrase I used. It is hard to read in the photo - it says 'Fishing you a happy birthday'.

The lower piece of paper serves as the 'table' so it is appropriate that it is visible through the 'water' in the bowl.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B18
Topic: Sketch Challenge

You sure can change the entire look of a sketch with bold paper choices. That's the route I took with OWH bonus sketch B18:

Oh, how quite and calm this sketch looks.

I decided to carry over the one big circle into the papers for all the background elements. I chose a large black and white dot for the base and a multi-colored medium dot for the horizontal band. 

The large black circle is cut from a paper textured with small dots.

I had a vellum sticker sheet with only two round dots left on it. These were used on top of two white dots on the background tying it back to the multi-colored band.

A big red and gold vellum heart sticker fills the black circle.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 20 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B17
Topic: Sketch Challenge

We step back into a more predictable design with OWH bonus sketch B17.

Another selection from the sheet of rub-on violets was the starting point for this card. I gave them a neutral background of grey dots and then chose solid colors for the other paper which reflected those in the illustration.

I chose to run my colors right out to the edges of the card without leaving a border of the base card showing.

The sentiment in the sketch looked disconnedted so I attached it directly underneath the picture. This left a lot of empty space on the right which led to the addition of a peel-off sticker bloom. It was silver on the sheet but i colored it with alcohol marker to match.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B16
Topic: Sketch Challenge

OWH bonus sketch B16 provides another non-standard shape to work with:

Whilt I still had the grey papers on the top of the scrap heap from a couple of days ago, I decided they would make a nice neutral grid on which to feature some more colorful elements.

I cut multiples of 4 different prints to fill the 9 blocks. these were mounted on foam tape over a yellow card base in the prescribed 4.25 x 4.25 size.

I selected a variety of butterfly stickers from a clear vinyl sheet and stuck them on randomly.

The predictable thing would be to stamp a sentiment in the center block. So I went another route and mounted a pre-stamped yellow block to the surface in the lower right quadrant.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 18 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B15
Topic: Sketch Challenge

And now for something completely different! Oh how I love what they did when designing OWH bonus sketch B15:

You see, the black area is the actual folded card base, measuring 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Then the large circle is mounted extending above the fold so the finished card still reaches 5.5 inches.

I had some rose stickers (three the same in different sizes) that I wanted to use in a curve on the circle. this led to the selection of the outline rose paper which set the color pallete for the background to grey and white. I chose a grey dot for the large circle.

The circle was cut and mounted to the folded card base with the proper amount of extention. Then I layered the rose stickers around the lower curve.

In searching for just the right color of paper for the horizontal piece, I ran across a printed vintage paper with text printed in English and French. The text reads "My Beautiful Vintage Garden - Mon Beau Jardin"




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 17 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B14
Topic: Sketch Challenge

When I used OWH bonus sketch B14 it spiralled off in a whole different direction than I had envisiioned - but in a good way!

See, the sketch is such a quiet, unassuming thing- don't you think?

As soon as I chose the illustration I knew I was going to have some bold colors that would stand up to it. So I chose the blue 'pearls' paper to surround it and bring it up to the prescribed size.

The best red I had was the one covered in white hearts so that wash chosen next.

I had a hard time deciding what to use for the horizontal band as most things I tried looked just stuck on. I liked the red scallop but it was too close to the background so I cut the white scallop to surround it.

A gold heart sticker with a cutout area for the red to show through fit well with the sketch but the sentiment contained in an oval did not. I finally used a pre-stamped sentiment on a matching blue background and cut it as a continuation of the center block instead of offsetting it like the sketch.

The reds and the blues really do match in real life but you know how these cameras mess with the color.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B13
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Another balanced design that calls for elegance is found in OWH bonus sketch B13:

As usual, I started by selecting an illustration to use. In this case it was a rub-on floral which I applied to a dotted background.

I wanted a background to pull colors from the floral and came to select a blue lattice. This led to the choice of some blue and white twine.

For the yellow I used a mottled paper in the deep background and a light script paper for a mid-ground layer.

I think this has a romantic feel to it - maybe because of the script that looks like it could be from a love letter.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B12
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I decided to go with a little copper and silver for OWH bonus sketch B12:

The 'copper' is in color only as there is no metallic shine to it. I used a dot and a solid for background and feature and a lighter solid for the banner.

The feature is a silver peel-off sticker and I used a 1/2" corner chomper to round the top edges of the panel to mimic the sticker shape.

Before adhering the background to a white card base I applied a decorative silver peel-off border to the base. When the background is adhered over it a very fine scallop peeks out from behind.

I used a silver peel-off greeting sticker where specified in the sketch.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B11
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A balanced layout in a horizontal format is so serene:

In rifling through my stock of papers I came upon a floral that I don't remember ever using! WHAT?!?!?

I cut blocks of it for the two side pieces and found that one of my favorite dotted papers matched beautifully. YAY! I found a scrap for the center that was more subdued and left me a place to stamp.

I first stamped the little greeting and masked it with a post-it so the too-long stems of the floral would not overlap it.

This is all mounted on a white card base with a border exposed all around.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 13 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B10
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Color me happy! OWH bonus sketch B10 let me use some great color blocking:

I first chose a sticker with apples and trimmed it down to the size shown on the sketch. This was considerably smaller than the original sticker but I like how it frames out the illustration. This got bordered in black.

Then I selected 5 colors of solid papers from the picture and cut them to the specified size. I arranged them in a balanced sequence and adhered them to a black base card with even spacing.

I stamped the sentiment directly on one of the background papers using black ink.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B9
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I'm taking liberties with OWH bonus sketch B9. This is the sketch:

Now why cut all those vertical strips when I have a perfectly suitable striped paper? I let the paper become the focus of this caaard because the prints were so interesting.

I pulled colors from the stripes for the horizontal bands and selected a pre-stamped sentiment on a similar color.

There was no prescribed place for a sentiment so I just polaced it where it looked good to me.

The border for the sentiment is the same as te base card.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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