Today we're going to work with the sketch that is being used with the current challenge.
This is a very nice sketch, I like the asymmetrical placement of the focal point. Let's see a card made strictly by the sketch.
Easy peasy! This card was made in under ten minutes. I just chose my stamp and papers, which took most of the time! Sketches can be great time savers when you're in a hurry.
What if we wanted to make a more elaborate card? The process I follow is to study the sketch and see where additional elements can be introduced that stay in harmony with the sketch as a whole. Here is a slightly more complicated card:
I've added stitching around the second layer, a scalloped strip behind the long rectangular piece, some burlap ribbon on the other side,and a two layer focal sentiment. I've also added some finishing embellishments, the button and enamel dots.
See how different this card looks compared to the first one? Another technique I employ when working with sketches is changing the shape of an element to fit either the theme or what I have on hand if I don't have a particular die or premade shape. Feel free to experiment with adding or removing elements from the sketch to make it fit your style. Sometimes my finished card looks nothing like the sketch!
Another way to work with a sketch is to rotate it. Some sketches are beautiful rotated on it's side. The following card was rotated and the focal image was moved to the opposite side:
What a difference! I've added a couple of new elements to the sketch: the black ribbon and bow and an additional round element next to the focal image. I've also changed the shape of the focal point to an oval shape. Any shape would do, a star, heart, whatever you want.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful to you and has made you look at sketches with a creative eye. Remember, there are no rules except what makes you happy! I hope you'll take another look at our sketch challenge this week and show us what you come up with! Have a great day!
Supplies used from The Kraft Outlet store: