I wasn’t going to do the sketch challenge today. I already had finished a card for a Take Two challenge that I’m posting shortly (make sure you come back to check it out!) and with many things to do…well, you get the idea. I happened to take a peek at the sketch challenge and just couldnt’ resist. I need another Father’s Day card and this idea just popped into my mind. 🙂 If you’d like to try out this sketch, you can check it out at SC127.
Seaside Father’s Day
For this card design, I started out with the sketch as you know. If you are not quite sure where you want to go, a sketch is a great place to start! It takes a lot of the designing stress out for you and allows you to be creative within the limits of the sketch. I also knew I wanted to design a card using the Crop-a-dile…my focus for the week. I decided to go with an acetate panel for the layer and attach it with eyelets. If you missed my Crop-a-dile tutorial Sunday, you can check it out here.
The acetate layer is stamped in black stazon with the shells from the Along the Shore set. I pulled this out of my For Sale pile and thought I’d give it one last whirl. 🙂 The shells are very visible in person…it was just hard to get the pic to show everything well with the acetate there. I also wanted to attach the acetate to the card in a ring of eyelets. Because you cannot do this with the hinge in the way, I added a layer of patterned paper that had been sponged, and embossed with the Script embossing folder on my Cuttlebug. I set the acetate layer and all the eyelets around the design before adhering it to my main card base of Brocade Blue.
Quick Tip: To highlight the edge of your acetate layer, run the edge over a Stazon pad for definition.
For the little cross panel that is part of the sketch, I added my sentiment and image. The small strip worked perfectly for the seagulls and I also stamped Guenuine Article from Stamp of Authenticity. I love that stamp! The “father” stamp is from Everyday Flexible Phrases….a fabulous set that works for every occasion and is perfect for tucking in little words as part of the design. The strip is set to the left with more eyelets and I tied four strips of hemp cording through them to add some texture and enhance the rustic look.
I’m really pleased with it and it feels so great to have that Father’s Day card done!
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery – Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye
Stamps: Stamp of Authenticity, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Along the Shore – Stampin Up
Ink: Close to Cocoa – Stampin Up, Black Stazon – Tsukineko
Other: hemp, Cuttlebug & Script Embossing Folder – Provocraft, eyelets – Making Memories, Crop-a-dile – We R Memory Keepers, aceate – Staples Business Depot