If you haven't checked out the Paper Craft Planet yet, you're missing out on some really great stuff! It's the new Go-To place for everything paper crafting! There's groups of all kinds to join, a classroom with online classes to take part in, a chatty forum to join in on and more! Lots of great project photos, too!
Besides all of that, there's also a weekly Sketch Challenge that you can participate in.
This week, I created the sketch and challenge for Paper Craft Planet. There's still plenty of time to take part in this challenge. You can check out the details here: Erika's Sketch Challenge
I chose to do an 8x8" scrapbook page as my sketch challenge, but the sketch is easily adapted to card designs if you're not a scrapbooker. But....it's also a good opportunity to try your hand at scrapbooking if you've never done it before. A small page is a very non-intimidating canvas to work on if you've never scrapped before.
When I got a bunch of pictures printed at the drug store in town, they put an extra in with one of their custom borders as a freebie. I've been holding onto this one, not really knowing how to use it. When I took out my pictures to decide which one to scrap with, I thought of the sunflower image in the Year of Flowers set (from GinaK Designs) and knew I'd finally found a way to use this picture.
The Year of Flowers set happens to be one of my favorite sets by Melanie Muenchinger. I know I've said that before, but it bears saying again. I started with a piece of Mellow Moss cardstock and stamped one of the leaf images all over the cardstock with the same color of ink. I swiped my Whisper White craft ink pad around the outside of the page. I didn't have to mount my picture on anything because it already had the nice border around it, which matched the cardstock and the stamp images perfectly.
I stamped the sunflower image on More Mustard cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed them them with black embossing powder. I used my Copic markers to give them a little bit of shading. I did the same thing with the leaves on Old Olive cardstock. I cut them out and mounted them to the page. The stems were hand cut from a piece of scrap cardstock and I outlined them with a black marker.
My journaling (a Muhammed Ali quote) was also done with the black marker.
I'd love to see what you come with, both card or scrapbook wise, with this sketch! Play along!