Sunday, August 14, 2016

Welcome to My Garden!

8/17/2016 Update: Top Three winner in the AHSC #172.

My card was inspired by a most unusual sketch. At one point it resembles a bird, another time it reminds me of a boat, another time a shelf of books. I finally settled on a flower garden. A garden that is filled with rows of colorful flowers and a trellis in the background.

A panel of plaid DSP was adhered to a white card base. On top of that a panel embossed with green ink on white cardstock was adhered. The inside of the card was decorated with Washi tape, punched flowers and candy dots to coordinate with the card front.

The focal piece was made by setting down Washi tape on a piece of scrap cardstock. After printing the sketch, it was cut out and laid onto the scrap with Washi and used as a pattern to match the sketch precisely. After cutting the design, it was sponged around the edges, backed with foam and adhered to the embossed panel on the card base. The trellis was die cut and adhered. The flowers were made from two floral punches. The leaves were fussy cut from Washi tape adhered to scrap cardstock and adhered to the trellis. The sentiment was die cut and adhered. Glossy Accents highlight the sentiment.

Visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #172. Consider joining in the weekly challenges and follow their blog for creative ideas!

I am also entering the card at Happy Little Stampers August Challenge:

Techniques: Dry embossing with color, die cutting, fussy cutting, punch cutting, sponging.
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Strawberry Slush
DSP: Lawn Fawn Plaid Stack
Inks: SU! Certainly Celery, Strawberry Slush
Dies: Reverse Confetti "Scalloped Tag" (trellis), Spellbinders "Phrase Set 1"  (sentiment)
Punches: SU! Itty Bitty Accents (smaller flower), Five-Petal Flower (larger flower)
Misc.: SU! Dimensionals foam, SU! Candy Dots, assorted Washi tape from stash, SU! Diagonal TIEF


  1. Melanie, this is a unique and beautiful "take" on AHSC Sketch #172. I really love what you did- it makes me think of sunny skies and warm days. A "treasure" of a card... imagine you creating it so precisely, yet still allowing it to have the unpredictable, often unruly beauty of a garden! Now that's a real talent. Well done! :)~ Ali (AHSC DT)

    1. Thank you, Ali. I always appreciate your attention to detail.

  2. Wow, I love what you have done with the sketch! The hot pink and lime green pair perfectly together also. Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC.

  3. How pretty! Love the washi tape accents and your colors are just perfect! Beautifully created! :)

    1. Your cards are always an inspiration, Amy! Thank you.

  4. Wow, love how you did the washi tape and then cut the pattern and layered, and the trellis behind the flowers...great interpretation of the sketch and very the colorful spring colors and how you used the washi tapes also for the flowers. Thanks for sharing at AHSC and get ready for the next sketch challenge...I already see your head spinning.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! You're right - the head is spinning for #173. I like the sketch.

  5. Love the thought process and the resulting card! It is colorful and cheerful and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC.

    Linda- ASCH DT

  6. What a beautiful card with cheerf colors.
    Thank You for playing along with Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies August Challenge.

    - Helen Gullett -
    DT Member

  7. A lovely colourful card! Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with A Die.

    Emma - Design Team