Thursday, 8 February 2018

Always and Forever


Hi all!  This week it's my turn to host over at Freshly Made Sketches and here is my sketch.


It's a bit different but I just love color-blocked cards and this layout is perfect for that!  Having said that, I ended up not doing a color-blocked card, but rather an ombre card instead.



To create my frame, I took one of the dies from Blueprints 27 and did some partial die-cutting to get the look I wanted.  Here's what the die looked like originally (the window die):


So instead of the 3 squares, I only wanted one rectangle.  It didn't matter too much about the top square because I knew the sentiment would cover it up, but I carefully die-cut around the bottom two squares.  I did end up with a couple of horizontal stitch lines, but I couldn't avoid that.

To fill in the panels, I blended some distress inks onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and spritzed a Perfect Pearls/water mist over the top before cutting the panel down the middle .  I turned one strip upside down so the red tones were at the top and adhered them behind the window frame.  I then added some foam tape behind the frame and adhered it to a white top-folding card base.  The sentiment was white embossed and die-cut with a Stitched Fishtail Flag die.  I die-cut a heart from some leftover sponging and added that to the banner before covering it with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.




Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll head on over to the FMS blog and see how the rest of the DT interpreted my sketch - they are amazing!

I'm linking this up to AAA Cards, Paper Players and Just Us Girls, who all have Love/Valentine themed challenges running and Sunday Stamps who have a color challenge.





Products used:

Stamps:  Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple Distress Inks, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 27, Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Perfect Pearls, Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Just Us Girls

24 comments:

I Card Everyone said...

Karren!!! I cannot believe your Sketch today... oh you'll see why soon... puffy-heart LOve your card!
=]

Linda Callahan said...

Perfect inkiness on those panels! And your die cut surgery worked well! Very pretty card and fun sketch!

Cécile RIBON said...

Wow Karren! I'm always stunned by your fabulous colored backgrounds. This one is no exception. Love the pop of white and red over the black banner too.

Barb Ghig said...

Your ink blending always takes my breath away, and this is no exception, Karren! I love your color palette and how you flipped the colors...the effect is so striking! I also love both fonts on your sentiment and your charming red heart...such a lovely card!

Claire said...

Fab sketch Karren and a gorgeous card - love the CAS design you've created!

Jane said...

Love those inky panels, such gorgeous colours in your mix. Thanks for playing along with current AAA Cards Challenge.

Heather said...

Yup, LOVE LOVE LOVE those ombre panels - such a perfectly controlled use of color! The stitched details are so refined, too! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday Stamps!

Darnell said...

Mm-mmm, girl, you are the blending Queen! Your ombre coloring is to die for!! I love your whole take on the sketch and that puffy heart makes my heart puff all up!! Hugs, Darnell

Kara Lynne said...

The way you changed up your cover plate was so clever, Karren, and perfect for that sketch! I love your beautiful blending!

Bobby said...

Reversing the ombre' panels really adds a wow factor to your card, Karren. The puffy heart was the perfect final touch to the black banner. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

Annette Elliott said...

Wow, your card is gorgeous, Karren! The ombre panels are beautiful and give a soft feel which is perfect for your Valentine message. Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

Claire Broadwater said...

Karren, this is fabulous! I love the ombre panels! Perfect use of the color combo! Perfect sentiment for your Valentine! So happy you joined us at Sunday Stamps and The Paper Players! XX

Amy O said...

Your ombre panels are beautiful. You are a master at blending ink! This was a fun sketch with which to work, Karren!

Nancy said...

I couldn't love this card any more! This panels look incredible and I love the colors! You are one talented card maker Karren! Thanks for being with us at Just Us Girls!

Nance Leedy said...

Karren, this is stunning! I love these colors and the fabulous panels you incorporated into the design. Great sketch too--thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

Jen Brum said...

This card is so beautiful Karren! I love those panels you've created. They are so pretty! Love that puffy heart too! So sweet!

Cheryl S said...

Gorgeous ombre background, Karren! Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards challenges.

Sherry Espinoza said...

I wondered if your ombre was distress ink. The color combo looks fantastic.

Cara said...

I love those blended colours, so pretty x

honeybeelane said...

Beautiful ink-blending, Karren. I love the frame. Thanks for sharing with us at AAA Cards.

Kim S said...

Absolutely gorgeous panels behind that lovely sentiment!!

Migdalia said...

Beautiful!! I love your take on the sketch!! I love the distress ink background!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
Crafting with Creative M

Narelle Farrugia said...

Wow! That background is outstanding! Your ombre effect is flawless and so very striking - I LOVE this card!

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

Your ombre inspired my ombre. That's what enabling is all about! Love this - especially that fun heart!