For me, often the most time consuming part of creating a card is choosing a layout. There are so many possibilities; I have a hard time settling on one. So I decided I need to participate in more sketch challenges this year. That way I won't spend so much time choosing a layout. I can focus on stamps, papers, and embellishments. This card is based on CPS sketch 150. The inspiration for using bright yellow and red comes from a birthday card by Sherry Wright that uses this same stamp set, Sweet Bee by Cornish Heritage Farms, in the latest issue of Card Creations. Because this is such a linear design, I chose to place the heart at an angle. I attached the heart with foam dots.
If you've seen the latest issue of this magazine or visited the Paper Crafts website, you know the focus is on completing the inside of cards. Is it a coincidence that PTI introduced the first of their in and out stamp set this month? I don't think so. I often add a strip of coordinating paper, a small image, or stamped message along with a handwritten note. How do you finish the inside of your cards?
This stamp set is cling rubber, and I was having a terrible time getting the sentiment straight. After the first attempt had to be scrapped, I praticed stamping on lined paper, tryint to get the sentiment stamped straight. I stamped and stamped and stamped and stamped..... Finally, I gave up, took the original sentiment and cut it out, using a Spellbinders labels die. I inked the edges, and glued it on the panel after stamping the pussy willow image. Problem solved. I colored the pussy willows with a Copic marker E51 and lightened with the colorless blender. In the photo, they look the same as the cream paper, but in "real life" they are darker. I used Y15 for the bees . I decided I needed to add some red inside, so I added another honeycomb heart. And there is still some room to add a note for DH who will get this card for Valentine's Day and who will gush about how wonderful it is. :) Actually, he is very complimentary of my cards, but gushing praise...I don't think so.
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Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Pure Poppy (PTI)
Paper: Grandma's Christmas Soup(Jillibean); Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise(PTI)
Other: Summer Sunrise grosgrain ribbon, Rustic Wooden buttons,cream twine (PTI),Copic markers