Friday, February 15, 2013

Sketching in a Winter Wonderland

We're thrilled to have lovely guest star Brenda Barton joining us this week with a fabulous sketch for our creative inspiration.  Brenda's beautiful work can be seen on her blog, Brenda's Crafty Corner, as well as at The Sketch File where she is a design team member. We're so excited by her wonderful sketch we cannot wait any longer to show it, and then we'll let Brenda herself tell you a little about the process of creating it and her own gorgeous card!

And now here are our takes on this great sketch:

Brenda says, "I decided to try my hand at designing a card sketch with Microsoft Paint, a computer program I've never really used. Both the sketch and card came together quickly. To create the card, I stuck to the sketch very closely with the exception of the colors. In the sketch I used cream and turquoise. I didn't have any turquoise cardstock, but have plenty of dark green. I started by cutting diamonds of graduated sizes from scrap pieces of cream cardstock, halved some of them and arranged them in the shape of a tree. I added a hand cut tree trunk and highlighted it with a white colored pencil. Next I used a paper crimper to add texture to a piece of green cardstock and used it as a mat on the cardbase. I added a half circle on the left and attached a strip of green to it. I used punched stars and a handwritten sentiment to finish the card."

Lauren's Card
Lauren says, "I had a completely different idea, which used Brenda's gorgeous sketch in a more traditional way, but flipping through my fabulous MME "All is Bright" paper pad, I found the perfect curve... being used as a sort of bunting at the top; which made me decide to rotate the sketch, add a few more fussy-cut collage elements, and layer the heck out of everything! I have to say (rather immodestly!) that I am pretty pleased with the results!" 

Stephanie says, "I used a snowman from The Crafty Christmas Stack by DCWV, Chipboard Snowflakes and Buttons from Paper Issues, and an SRM Sentiment sticker for this quick and festive holiday card."

Now we cannot wait to see what ♥YOU♥ will do with Brenda's beautiful sketch! Link up here between now and Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries and our Flickr group is JB:13:04. Have fun, and be creative!


Barbara said...

What an intersting sketch - and gorgeous cards!! I hope to find more time this fortnight to sit down and really think this through thoroughly ;-)

D said...

Brenda's sketch rocks! Love the two cards from the DT. The stamped snow man and fun banner are fabulous.

Electra said...

Yeah, well, this is a great sketch and your cards are lovely, Belles. I'm off to copy them again, now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

Great sketch - very unusual and I love what you did with the tree. All these inspiration cards are gorgeous but Lauren, yours is stunning :-)

Marianne said...

Great sketch. Also love your very different interpretations of the sketch.

Anonymous said...

this was a fun sketch; thanks! i love stephanie's gift card pocket and lauren's santa with sleigh - too cute.