Sunday, May 8, 2016

Above and Beyond - Masculine

5/11/2016 Update: Above and Beyond was a Top Three winner in the Atlantic
Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Recently I purchased a stamp set of unique sentiments so was eager to use one of them on a card. My card developed into a gender neutral card but I would probably use it as a masculine card.

A green panel was texture embossed using a wood grain design and adhered to a white card base. Using a square panel of cardstock, the background scene was colored totally with sponged ink. For the green and yellow portions, torn paper was used to establish the horizon and land areas. The sky was sponged freehand to resemble either dawn or dusk - the choice is up to the recipient of the card. The moon was sponged with white craft ink using a mask with a hole cut out. A small bit of color was sponged across the moon after the craft ink had dried and the trees were stamped.
The square was cut into quarters and two edges rounded on each piece. The pieces were matted with cardstock, backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The sentiment was stamped, die cut and matted with a coordinating reverse scallop oval die cut. Three green candy dots were added and the oval adhered to the center of the four blocks. Along the lower edge, a strip of white cardstock was die cut in a zigzag pattern with a strip of cardstock for color. The inside of the card was stamped with additional trees, leaving sufficient space for a personal note.

The card layout was inspired by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #158. For challenge fun, visit their blog to see the unique sketches.
Techniques: Sponging, stamping, die cutting, dry embossing, masking
Size: A7 (5" x 7")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz
Inks: Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Craft White
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, Candy Dots

Other Materials
Stamps: Stampendous Soaring Sentiments
Dies: Gina K Designs nesting and stacking ovals, circle for moon
Misc.: WRMK Corner Chomper, Spellbinders Wood Grain EF


  1. This card is gorgeous! Love the scene that you have created and great use of the sketch! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC!

  2. Beautiful scene! Thank you for linking to AHSC this week!

  3. Wow wow wow, this is an absolutely breathtaking card! I love all the little touches you have added and your sponging technique is fabulous. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC.

  4. Wow, wow and WOW! What a gorgeous card! The colour combination is fabulous and the scene is awesome :) (I had to scroll up to take another look...) That sunset looks like it is pasted from a photograph. What amazing skills you have, Melanie! Beautiful interpretation of the sketch - as I have said before of your cards - simply stunning. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us at AHSC once again.

  5. Absolutely, 100% STUNNING!!! The colours and use of special techniques are so complimentary that this looks flawless. I adore that tree stamp, too... :) WTG- awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at AHSC this week. Love seeing you there! ~Ali (AHSC DT)

  6. Your camera really brought this card to stunning as it is in person. Love everything about it and fantastic blending of colors and great scenery created using the different blocks of sketch. Winner for sure.

  7. so pretty, I love it! I really need to practice my background making skills, when I see cards like this I just love them, but never do them. Great job all around! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  8. How cool is that?!? Love your design, great use of that panel and perfect stamping! :)

  9. Oh... Melanie... Stunning is the only word that comes to mind... oh... wait... gorgeous! There's another one... how about this one.. breathtaking...