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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stampin Queen Sketch Challenge - SQSC 5

This week' sketch challenge from Stampin Queen involves lots of layers, which always makes for a more interesting and sometimes more elegant card.  The challenge for me is deciding how to get the best fit on the card for all those layers.  Here is the SQSC sketch:

The next biggest challenge for me is deciding on the stamp(s) set to use and of course the colour combo.  For my colour combo I took my inspiration from the weather outside......... it's kind of white and gray because we're having cloudy rainy weather.  And, the only colours I see are the beautiful autumn leaves in the background, mostly maple leaves with their gorgeous burgundys and yellows. 

In choosing which stamp set(s) I wanted to use for today's challenge, I needed a "theme".  My card will be for a friend, and so my sentiment had to focus on friendship.  My next decision was what to use for the "focal point".  Since I was gazing at the garden when all these thoughts were coming together, my next choice was easy.............something with flowers.  And there you have it; that's how this card came together:
My theme revolves around "Friendship".  This beautiful little sentiment is from Pocket Silhouettes and is stamped in Bravo Burgundy ink on Whisper White Cardstock.  The sentiment was then punched out using the large oval punch. I cut two pieces of card stock (Bravo Burgundy and Basic Gray) using the decorative layer punch.  To get the extended look I cut the Bravo Burgundy layer in half and then glued it to the back of the Basic Gray layer leaving a gap in the center.  To finish off the sentiment  I've added three small basic pearls for a feminine touch and to tie in with the pearls on the top layer of the card. 

My focal point for the card is from the Friends Never Fade stamp set.  I love this one I think it's timeless.  I stamped the image in Whisper White classic ink on Bravo Burgundy cardstock, added some White Embossing Powder and used my heat gun to set the ink.  The 2" circular stamped layer is mounted on dimensionals to a 2 1/4" circle cut from Basic Gray cardstock.  The third circle is 2 1/2" and is in Whisper White cardstock.

Here's a full view of the card showing the additional layers.  The card base is Basic Grey and I've added an additional 5 1/4" x 4"layer of Basic Grey cardstock that was embossed with the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  Two 2 x2 squares of Whisper White were embossed using the Flower Garden textured embossing folder.  A 2 1/2" x 3" piece of Bravo Burgundy cardstock completes the layers. 

I've added a Whisper White Top Note die cut to the inside of the card that's been embossed using the Flower Garden Texturized Embossing folder die.  This ties the images on the front and inside of the card together. 

One last look at the finished card.  I really like the look of this card and will probably add this sketch to my favourites file. 
Hope you liked this card and would love to have your comments.  The Stampin Queen challenge doesn't close until 9pm tonight EST so join in if you have a chance.  The link is SQSC5.  Happy Stamping!


Dale Morin said...

Stunning card! Love the colors and all the layers. Great job!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

The Card is beautiful, I love all the layers. I always have a hard time picking out a stamp set too. You made a good choice!!


Sharon said...

Penny, I think your card is gorgeous! And I loved reading your process. I think sometimes folks believe that these cards just come together. And they don't realize some of the effort and fore thought that goes into them. I love your color combo! and I love the stamp sets you chose! Fabulous card!
thank you for playing along with us @ SQSC

Shari Winterstein said...

I love everything about this card. One of my favorite color combinations is Burgundy Bravo and Basic gray. Thanks for blessing my day. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your card!!! That is saying a lot for me! I have never liked this stamp set because the flower has always made me think of some crazy bio-chemically changed octopus or something creepy. But YOU! YOU make this flower and just everything look BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I actually like it on your card!! THANK YOU so much for sharing and giving me a new idea about this stamp set! that is a wonderful talent to make someone that thinks something is creepy - think it is something extremely beautiful! Plus you make a gorgeous card as well! Talk about some talent!

Thank you so much for playing with us at Stampin' Queens this week! I really hope that we get to see more of your talent soon!

Inky hugs,

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Very pretty color selection and I love all the embossing Penny! Very Pretty! Thanks for playing along with the stampin'queens sketch challenge this week!
Sharon F.

Debbie Martin said...

I love all of your layers and the embossed white image. Just beautiful.

Patti said...

Beautiful. Great colors and I really like your interpretation of the sketch. Love th added touch on the inside.

Tammy Fite said...

Very pretty card and colors!!

Tiffany Bauer said...

Love these colors together! Great job with the sketch!

sharonstampsalot said...

Great job! Thanks so much for participating in the SQSC.

Micki - Avenue of Art said...

WOW!!! Love it. I also like how you embossed the Top Note. Great idea, Penny...and one beautiful card!
TFS - Micki (www.AvenueofArt.com)

Pam Staples said...

Gorgeous card! I love the embossing and your embossed layers. Great finishing touch on the inside of the card. Thanks for playing along with the Stampin' Queens.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS!!! You have been chosen by the Stampin' Queens DT to be spotlighted because of this fantastic creation! You can go to our blog here: http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2011/09/sqsc5-spotlight.html to see your name up in lights and to grab your "I was featured" button.

Thanks again for playing along with the Stampin' Queens! We cant wait to see what you create next!

Inky Hugs,

Brenda Reed said...

love what you did with the embossing folder. I never think outside the box and think about cutting things up like that! Looks fabulous. Congrats on your spotlight moment! Cheers to many more!

Anne Marie said...

Gorgeous card, Penny! I love the embossing and I really enjoyed readong about how you create. It is always nice to get a fresh perspective on the way other crafter's mojo works. I just love how it all came together. You did an amazing job! Hugs! :)