I’m thrilled to have StampNation Dream Team member Lisa Harrolle on my blog today for a special guest post! Let’s see what Lisa has cooked up for us. Take it away, Lisa!
Hello everyone, Lisa here. A big thank you to Catherine for inviting me to be a guest on her blog today. Every Friday over at StampNation one of our Dream Team members posts a tutorial showcasing their creations and they give some great tips for stamping and card making.
My card today is totally inspired by Maureen Merritt’s last video tutorial. She pulled this sketch from the StampNation classroom and showed us how to play off the sketch to make it our own (we usually don’t post SN exclusives here, maybe Catherine won’t notice! ssshhhh!!! :):
Sketches are a great tool for card makers as they give us a starting point when designing our cards. I always say a sketch is kind of like a map. It gives you directions and you can stay on the path given, or you can take a few shortcuts along the way. Either way, you reach your destination…..a beautiful card:
As you can see, I went off the beaten path a little and took a few twists and turns, but I didn’t stray too far from the integrity of the sketch. I started out by making a partial diecut circle on the left side of the card front to achieve the shape of the large circle in the sketch. I added the round scallop and a dotted circle images from the Ring in the Celebration stamp set to fill in the circle shape. Then I added a flower from Eva’s Favorite Flowers stamp set in place of the small circle. Although my sentiment is quite a bit larger, I did place it in the same location, overlapping both circular images. I added some fun foam to the back of the card front and adhered it on top of a colorful stamped background.
If you’re a StampNation member I encourage you to go into the classroom, peruse through the sketches and pull out a “map” or two and give it a try. Make sure you post a picture of your card, I’d love to see it! If you’re not a StampNation member yet, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and join us in some more cardmaking fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!
1. Ring in the Celebration (SOA Young at Heart Collection)
2. Girlfriend Stamps (SOA Friendship Collection)
3. Spring Rain, Rosie Cheeks & Catkin inks (Simon Says Stamp)
4. Stitched Mats Circles, Long & Skinny Rectangles (Lil’ Inker Designs)