When You Need A Sunset

sketchesHi!!  It’s Chrissy here with you today on the Sweet Blog and I’m super excited to share your first peek at this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  It’s an awesome one so hold on to your seats.  Even better than the sketch…the cards I’ve created using it.  I think you are really going to love them.  Who can blame you, they are made with super awesome Sweet Stamp Shop goodies.  First up, here’s your sketch:

CTS_89Simple and fun.  I hope to see you playing along and showing off your Sweet Stamps like I’m about to do.  My first card uses lots of patterns and colors as well as one of my all time favorite Sweet Stamp sets, Campout.

10156060_10203195314750939_1276755961622331931_nSSS_S2W_Aug2aSomething I want you to think of when you make a card…fearlessness.  Play with color and pattern.  Have fun and put crazy stuff together.  More times than not, it works out really well.  That is sort of what happened with this card.  I have a stack of colored campers on my desk because I just LOVE all the different color combos that I can put on these cute stamps.  This camper jumped out at me and I knew it was going to be the basis for my card.  I grabbed a bunch of patterned paper in the colors of my camper and went to work choosing just the right mix.  I think I did a pretty good job.  😉  The rest was just stamping and bling adding…ta da!

My next card is a little simpler but more work, if that makes sense.  It uses the adorable Kitty Cat stamp set as well as Condolences.

KittyCatcondonlencesSSS_S2W_Aug2bMy friend recently lost her cat of 18.5 years and, unfortunately, I know how it feels to lose an animal that feels like part of the family.  I knew this called for an extra special card and Kitty Cat was the perfect set for getting the look I was going for.  First up, the background.

Background1.  I masked my rectangle and held down my card front with Post It Tape.  Love that stuff!

2.  I set out my inks and my daubers.  I wanted the sunset to go from dark to light and then dark again.

3.  Inked up my cardstock using a circular motion with the dark orangey color.

4.  Blend in the yellow starting at the bottom and working through the orange.

5.  Time for the lighter blue.  I did not blend this the same way as the yellow because I do not want blue in the orange.  Instead, I started this towards the top and worked down blending just a bit into the yellow.

6.  Dark blue next!  Work from the top again.

7.  This is where the awesomeness of Distress Inks come into play.  I made dots for the stars using my water pen.  I also made silver and white dots using a Wink of Stella and a Uniball Signo pen respectively.

8.  With the sky done, I stamped my images.

9.  I wanted the silhouette of the kitty so he was looking at the sunset.  To make him a silhouette instead of an outline, all it took was a black copic marker.  I colored him in and it worked perfectly!

To finish off the card, I embossed “Condolences” from the Condolences set in an orange color and added two enamel hearts.  I think she will really appreciate this card and I love how it all came together.  Simple but complex all at the same time.

Thanks so much for checking out my post today.  I really love sharing these peeks with you and my two takes.  It’s a blast to stretch my creativity and so easy with such awesome Sweet designs to work with.  I hope you will join us on the Sweet Stamp Shop Facebook page.  We really do have a blast there and you’ll get the “in” on all the info about upcoming releases and what Nicole is up to behind the scenes.  For now, I’d like to know how you might use my sunset and silhouette idea in a project of your own.  What Sweet Stamp set are you going to be reaching for?  I hope you have fun and I’ll see you again on the blog soon!

2 Responses to When You Need A Sunset

  1. Jen Skroski says:

    Love both’

  2. um WOW! Love them both. The Campout set is on my wishlist! Super love all those glorious colors. Your sympathy card is genius….awesome work.

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