Today was another one of those days when I really had no idea what I was going to make. While I was waiting for the kettle to boil I checked my e-mails and found the inspiration I needed. The Paper Players have a sketch challenge this week and I immediately wanted to join in. However instead of using three rectangles as the dominant feature, I decided to switch things up using the retiring Stitched Triangles Dies. With some retiring Designer Series Paper (DSP) close at hand I set to work.
BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some of the retiring Misty Moonlight Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Next I chose the blue abstract ‘sky’ pattern from the retiring Beauty Of The Earth DSP. First I cut a piece 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the DSP to the front of the card base.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece and glued that along one edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic White Card. Using liquid glue once more I fixed the assembled layers inside the card base.
Finally I glued a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece over the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper using the edge of the flap as a guide.
With that done I turned to another retiring Designer Series Paper, In Good Taste. From this pack I chose the subtle grey sheet and cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece then glued it to some Basic White Card the same size. This would strengthen the paper and help with the final design.
TRIANGLES FOR INTEREST
Now I was ready to cut out the three shapes for the front of the card and for this I wanted the retiring Stitched Triangles Dies. From the three main nests of triangles I wanted the tall set (isosceles). I chose #5 (counting from the smallest up) and used it to cut three triangles from the strengthened grey DSP.
However before adding the triangles to the card front I decided to attach some Misty Moonlight Card across the background layer. After cutting a 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ strip I used liquid glue to fix it to the background about 1/2″ from the bottom edge.
Next came the three triangles which I added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I needed now was a sentiment and for that I turned to the retiring Encircled in Friendship Stamp Set. I chose “You’re in my thoughts” and stamped it onto a 1/2″ x 3-5/8″ strip of Basic White Card using retiring Misty Moonlight ink. To shape the ends I then used the flag option on the Banners Pick-A-Punch. Finally I added the sentiment over the rectangles using more Stampin’ Dimensionals and with that my project was complete.
Here’s the sketch from the Paper Players that inspired my project, #PP584. You’ll notice I took a little bit of poetic licence with it but that’s what I love about these challenges, they allow you to put your own spin on things.
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Christy Stanford says
I love how you used triangles for the three panels, Tracy! That gives this card such a great graphic feel. Thanks for playing along with us at the Paper Players!
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you Christy
LeAnne Pugliese says
This is fabulous….very understated and classy! A great sympathy or get-well card. I love that you used the triangles, I am sad to see them go. They’ll stay in my craft room though! Great colors as well and I love the addition of the strips. Thanks so much for playing with my sketch this week at the Paper Players!
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you LeAnne, I loved your sketch, just the right combination of inspiration and flexibility.
Anne Marie Hile says
Such a cool take on the sketch, Tracy! Such a great idea for a masculine card for so many occasions. Love it! Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you Anne Marie