Hello stampers, crafters, and friends I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  Today, I am sharing my card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew’s sketch challenge.  If you follow my blog you know that I feel very strongly about taking part in sketch challenges.  I feel that they are a wonderful way to improve your design skills, confidence, and color theory.  For my card today I am using the Basket Bunch Stamp set for my card today.  Here’s a look at my card for today.

Basket Bunch, Basket Bunch Bundle, Neutral Candy Dots (Retired), Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Easter Card, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio Layering Square Framelits

Here’s a look at this week’s sketch challenge.

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This week’s card features the Basket Bunch Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up!®.  This is a wonderful fun Easter set with immense cuteness.  One little basket won’t be able to contain all your Easter and springtime joy, but it’s sure worth a shot with this set.  The set contains 29 photopolymer stamps, some of the features of photopolymer stamps are:

  • Photopolymer stamps
    * Are totally transparent for perfect image placement.
    * Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.
    * Cling like crazy to Stampin’ Up!’s clear blocks so you don’t have to worry about slipping.
    * Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately).
    * Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

The first thing that I did was stamp the chocolate bunny image over and over again in Early Espresso classic ink on Crumb Cake cardstock (4 x 5 1/4).   I added in some of the smaller images in the set to fill in some dead space here and there.   I mounted the card front on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.  Once I had all the images stamped I also cut a 1/4″ x 4″ strip of cardstock and stamped the sentiment on.  The sentiment is actually isn’t a straight line sentiment, it’s actually stacked on top of each other in three lines of text.  To get the straight line I selectively inked up sections of the stamp and stamped it one at a time.  I started with the bottom text (Be Solid).  Next, I inked up and stamped the next line (Your Chocolate) and continued on until I had it all stamped.   I attached this to the bottom 1/3 of the card front.   Next I stamped the Chocolate Bunny on Whisper White Cardstock (thick) in Early Espresso Classic ink and then I colored it with the Watercolor Pencils, and softened the pencils with a blender pen (both of which are currently on backorder until April 10th or so.)  After that was all nice and dry I cut it out using the layering square framelit dies.  The bunny image was cut to 2″ x 2″ and afterwards I decided that it needed a little more color to it.  So I added a little Daffodil Delight watercolor pencil in the background.  Once this was dry I mounted it on a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 piece of Early Espresso.  I mounted this on Stampin’ Dimensionals, before It was placed I put a double flagged banner in Early Espresso.  To finish everything off I added some retired neutral candy dots.

Alternative Version:

When I created this weeks card I actually created this card first.  I had used the Playful Background stamp set for the background and did everything else the same.   When I created it I didn’t care for it, something just wasn’t working.  So I tried a couple different versions,  but still nothing was working the way I wanted.  Until I came up with the multiple stamped background.

Basket Bunch, Playful Background, Watercolor Pencils, Candy dots (retired), Layering Squares framelits, Stampin' Up!, Easter Card, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

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Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you give this weeks sketch challenge I try, I look forward to seeing what you create.  You can see all the other great projects that the other design team came up with by clicking here or by clicking on the sketch image at the top.

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