Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Horizontal Sketch by Lucy Abrams

I love figuring out how to make sketches work with just one layer. Jessica Witty's sketch on Monday was just one example. Today's sketch by Lucy Abrams in the new Papercrafts Card Ideas magazine made me put on my thinking cap and do some problem solving.

The sketch calls for a layered border treatment on the front right side of the card, with the sentiment in the sweet spot (lower right third). All the sample cards in the magazine use multiple layers and embellishments like ribbon and lace.

To eliminate layers, I punched the front flap of the card with my bracket border punch, stamped two different strips from Papertrey's Faux Ribbon set to create the border, and added the sentiment from Define Your Life, a cool SU definition set.

Several things were wrong with my first card, which I didn't photograph. Sorry about that. The white punched edge didn't stand out enough against the white inside of the card. Plus, the left side of the sentiment looked nekkid and unbalanced. I tried adding the bracket in blue, but stamped it a bit too close to the sentiment. Then, I added a strip of brilliant blue cardstock to the inside of the card. The cardstock was so solid and dense looking, but the stamped strip definitely looked, well, stamped. The contrast was visually jarring. Not exactly what I was going for.

On the corrected card, I masked a 1" strip on the inside flap of the card and sponged the Danube Blue ink on it. It looks just like the stamped strip now...a perfect match and it keeps the card a full-up ONE LAYER!

Here's the corrected card, lying flat on the table to show the contrast between the white punched border and the sponged inside flap..

Here's a top view, so you can see the inside strip of blue.

So even a sketch that appears to require multiple layers can be adapted to a single layer!

stamps: Papertrey Faux Ribbon, SU Define Your Life
ink: Memento baby blue, tuxedo black, Danube blue
paper: PTI white
accessories: Fiskars bracket border punch, stamp positioner, post-it, sponge


  1. Thanks, Susan! You just solved a design puzzle I've been mulling over in my head for weeks!
    Your card is so lovely. What great ideas!

  2. Brilliant. I love it. Love the blue and I'm going to try this in a few other colours. Thanks, it is a great card.

  3. Very nice! I love the bracket by the definition mirroring the border punch.

  4. So elegant! I like how you translated the sketch to a one layer card! I'm working on that but find it terribly hard!

  5. That is my all time favorite stamp set. There are zillions of applications on how to use it. (so sorry it's retired) Your cards are both beautiful and easy to do - once again your ability to provide practical design direction is OUTSTANDING. Thank you!

  6. Great thinking on this card, Susan. I love edging on cards, but I've always limited myself by thinking I had to put a strip of CS on the inside to show the edging. Sponging this strip makes it much more appealing to me than that added strip of CS. It's just neater and nicer. Thanks for the lesson! Having the bracket there, instead of the bling I'd have naturally put, keeps the card streamlined and classy. I love the contrast of that color blue and white, and your card is beautiful.

  7. what a great card. i love hearing about your creative process. it's very helpful for those of us who have trouble seeing past the obvious. love the shade of blue!

  8. Love it! I like reading how you came to the solution! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Brilliant and very clever, indeed! You go girl!

  10. Wow is right! I passed right by that sketch; now I'm doing a doubletake. And I'm so very glad my last PTI order included Faux Ribbon. (When I saw it used as a shelf on your Gracious Vases card, it just hopped into my cart all by itself.)


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