Here is the new challenge sketch, posted on Stamping 411!
I like participating in these challenges because it really helps me feel more "comfortable" in my card making skills. It gives me a base to work with....the layout. I simply pick the stamp se
t, colors I want to work with, and embellishments.
This sketch was pretty basic, however, you don't have to be limited by that. If you go to the Stamping 411 webpage, you will see many versions of this same layout, each unique and original!
I also found a color challenge here at
Making a good card better, only requires a little extra TLC.
A few extra layers, good color combinations, and of course, the embellishments!
Pay attention to details!
Be sure your edges are clean and straight.
Ragged edges means a dull cutting blade. Be sure to swap out your dull blades for new ones when this happens.
When using ribbon, snip the ends of your ribbons at the same angle on both ends! Be sure they are not frayed.
Always make sure your bow or knot is beautiful!
Line up your brads using a ruler. I like using the paper piercer tool, that comes in the Tool Kit. It is much easier to use than the hand punch.
When stamping your images, practice first! Make sure your stamp is inked well, and the coverage is complete and not splotchy. (Using a stamp with large surfaces can be hard to ink up. The surface needs to be sanded slightly or cleaned using stazon cleaner before stamping.)
Last, if you squint real good, all cards look great! Ha ha ha! Just kidding! My card in real life, IRL, is very straight. Somehow, photography can skewer things up a bit! The photo above makes my pieces look crooked! Go figure!
Hope you will try your hand at some of the challenges! If you do, share with me!
Stamps: Just B and Define Your Life
Ink: Basic Black and Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, and Very Vanilla
Embellishments: Vintage Black Brads