Sunday, February 21, 2016

CAS Sketched Bird

Needing a few masculine cards for upcoming birthdays I decided to focus on two challenges for inspiration for one of the cards.

1. Color Throwdown #380: a color challenge requiring gray, red and white, which is my first time participating, and

2. Sunday Stamps Challenge #120: a sketch turned from portrait to landscape orientation:

I admire CAS cards but seem to struggle with the concept of Clean and Simple once I get started. When I make a landscape card I also prefer to have it open to the side because it will stand up better when displayed than a card that opens across the bottom edge.
 The card base was stamped with leaves and berries and the berries colored with a marker. The banners were die cut and adhered. The bird image was stamped off and die cut, then stacked on two coordinating ovals, backed with foam and popped up on the card front. The inside was lined with white cardstock stamped with the leaf and berry image.

Be sure to visit the CTD380 and SSC120 blogs and join in the challenges!

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, stamping off
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Simply Sketched
Ink: Basic Gray
Stampin' Write Marker: Real Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Real Red
Dies: Banners Framelits; Gina K Designs Nesting & Stacking Ovals
Misc.: Craft foam


  1. Very pretty Melanie! Love the color scheme, great CAS card! Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps, hope to see you again soon!

  2. Beautiful use of the throwdown colors! Thanks so much for joining us this week!

  3. Great use of the sketch and colors!! I love making backgrounds too- yours looks exactly like patterned paper!! So glad you joined us at CTD!!

  4. Melanie, this is so pretty! Love the color combo and the background your created! So happy you joined us at Sunday Stamps! XX

  5. Great card, Melanie! Love how you turned the sketch to its side. A very pretty and soft creation. Thanks so much for joining Sunday Stamps! this week! :]

  6. I love that you rotated the sketch and created your own custom patterned paper background with stamps and ink. Super work! So glad you shared with us at Sunday Stamps this week.