Friday, June 5, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge

Are you ready for our second sketch challenge? In addition to learning to make simple and fun cards, play along this week and you might end up in Stamping 411's stampers showcase!

Inspiration can certainly come from anywhere. This sketch was thought of during breakfast. I shared this week where the idea for this sketch challenge came from with the operators, and everyone was laughing! Since it was a chuckle for all of them, we thought we should let you know where the idea came from! Yes, we're all making cereal boxes! More specifically, we're making cheerios boxes!

I also want to take a moment to let you know that if you follow the links to our "operator" blogs, you will find a host of tutorials and more detailed information about how each card was constructed. There is some amazing talent on this team and I hope that you check out all of the blogs if you have a moment or two. You may find some surprises out there!

Now, let's get down to the basics! One possible set of measurements might be listed as the following measurements. Please note our design operators, may have taken certain liberties outside these measurements and we encourage you to do the same. If you're new to stamping, or you just don't have the time to figure it out, here's some measurements that not only will save you time, but will help you to get the most out of your coveted Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Base Layer : Take a piece of regular "computer sized" paper and cut it in half at 5 1/2". Fold this same layer in half at 4 1/4", To get a nice crisp fold, you can either score the cardstock first, or use a bone folder to smooth the line.
Second Layer: Cut your cardstock to 5 1/4" x 4" (if you are using designer series paper, (which is 12 x 12) and you cut your paper at 5 1/4" first, You will get 6 second layers out of one sheet of DSP.
Third Layer: is 1" x 4" This time, if you are using DSP, you would cut on the 4" marker first. If you use an entire sheet of DSP, you can get 36 pieces out of one sheet! That's so amazing!
Focal point: A wise designer (or two) once told me, to get the right measurement for your focal point, measure the block of wood for your stamp and cut it to that! Whatever you use to "matte" your focal point, should be 1/4" larger on two sides. So if your wood block is 2"x3", your matte would be 2 1/4" x 3 1/4". That should make putting this simple sketch together as easy as 1~2~3~

The operators are waiting excitedly in the wings, waiting to see some more awesome creations this week! Thanks so much for visiting and for playing along!

Saturday Sketch Challenge Participants
1. Cindy Rio
2. Tracy
4. Janice Rosenthal Rock
5. Barbara Joyce
6. Erna Logtenberg
7. Elizabeth M. Harris
8. Krista Visser-Driessen
9. Tami Black
10. Janice Webb (Aloha Jan)
11. Janice Webb (Aloha Jan)
12. Sharon Maranich
13. Susan Shields
14. Zigzag
15. Diana Eichfeld
16. Joan Ottevanger
17. Germaine Ferrao
18. Tiffany Bauer
19. Germain Ferraco
20. Karen Bernier
21. Deb
22. Monika Davis
23. robynann
24. ~Andrea Thompson~

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  1. I just posted a challenge card on my blog. Good luck, gals!

  2. Great challenge again ! This is my entry :

  3. This is a fun challenge!!! I love all the samples! I've made two on my blog at:

    Thank you!!!

  4. I just added my challenge cards on my blog. The post is More Heartfelt Thanks and it is the last two cards that are from this sketch. The last one is not as obvious - and it is flipped. I hope you like them.

  5. This is my first time playing with one of your challenges, am not sure how to submit mine so hope I am doing this right. I uploaded it to my blog, which you can find here:
    Thanks for the spark of creativity!

  6. I'm a day late (and always a dollar short LOL) but still wanted to share my card with this great sketch. I'll try to be more timely this week!
    Cat’s Creation

  7. for some reason my blog is not showing up with my name on the list - Sharon Maranich -

  8. I'm a little late, but here is my sample:

    Lisa M.