Thursday, September 9, 2021

Advice from a Cactus

A new weekly challenge is up on the blog at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. This is #437 and will end on Sunday evening, September 12, 2021. The sketch is versatile and a card could be created for any occasion.

Someone recently jogged my memory about the old Plastic Wrap technique so that was my jumping-off point for my desert scene. I have a few stamp sets with a desert vibe so created my card with desert elements. A panel of soft pink was added to a white card base. Using plastic wrap I inked another panel of white cardstock as my background and added it to the pink panel. I stamped, colored, and fussy-cut the image of a Prickly Pear cactus, adding the image with foam tape. (I have several Prickly Pear Cacti in my yard here in Arizona.) Next, the sentiment was stamped, matted, and adhered with foam tape. The little cactus heart was also added. The inside of the card was decorated with a smaller cactus, also stamped and colored.

Join the challenge fun at the AHSC437 Blog!

Stamp sets: Stamps of Love (local store) "Cactus Coffee" & "Advice from a Cactus"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! Balmy Blue, Soft Suede & So Saffron; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White; CTMH Smoothie
Die: MFT (stitched rectangle)
Misc.: Foam tape


  1. You have inspired me to try the plastic wrap inking technique! I love the sentiment on your card!
    Thank you for sharing with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
    Patty S, Design Team

  2. Love your plastic wrap technique background. The sentiment is so perfect with the cactus. Nicely colored! Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.

  3. That background is perfect for your card! Plastic wrap has so many uses in crafting, doesn't it? Love the cacti and especially that sentiment - words that are true for humans as well! Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts :)

  4. Such a fun card! Love the way that the background turned out. Awesome sentiment too! :)

  5. Melanie what a cute card. I love the cactus advice! Great job using our sketch. Thanks for sharing at Atlantic Hearts!

  6. Great card, love your sentiment panel! So true! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  7. what a fun card, I love this! Super cute! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  8. Sweet card! Great take on Challenge #437 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Thanks for joining us this week.

  9. Melanie, this card is absolutely fabulous! that sentiment! thanks for sharing with us at AHSC