Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sketch Challenge Cards

Both of these are based on this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  The Christmas card is going in my OWH box.  I'm still working my way through last year's designer paper.

The back-to-school card will be one of our stamp class cards this month.  I was looking to use alphabet stamps and I finally worked out a way.

(The apple is cut on the Cricut and I used a little Versamarker to add shading.)

If I were only doing one card, I'd probably just stamp one letter at a time - though it would likely be more work than it was worth.  :-) But doing several cards or in a class, there is a way to set them up and make it go very quickly.  

My finished size was 2" x 4" so I marked that off on grid paper 3 times.  Then I laid out my letters on each of the grids with one letter per row staggering them so the colors would come out with a nice mix.  Then I took an acrylic block and pressed it onto one group of letters.  I repeated with additional blocks and sets of letters.  Each block was then used to stamp the letters in a different color. 

Please excuse my overly inked blocks.  It is a good thing we have class every once in awhile, it makes me clean them up :-)  This is just another way to use a smaller set of alphas.  It isn't something I would do often but I thought it was cute for this back to school look.

Thanks for visiting!

Ingredients:  Christmas card uses A Cute Christmas stamp set and coordinating paper from Stampin' Up!
The Back-to-School card uses Cosmo Cricket DSP, a Paper Studio alpha set, Making Memories ribbon and a Cricut cut apple.
All ink and cardstock are Stampin' Up!


  1. Both of your cards are adorable.
    As for your dirty blocks, mine look way worse, I keep meaning to clean them as they drive me crazy, lol.

  2. Loving both these cards! You did a great job on the challenge.

  3. Both your cards are wonderful! What an ingenious way to do the alphabet stamps, too. You are so clever!


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