20 February 2019

Create a Smile Stamps Challenge: A sketch

Hi Everyone,

It's time for another challenge over at Create a Smile Stamps - how exciting! This time, we have a sketch that we would like you to follow. 

Personally, I find the sketch themes really and truly challenging - as they should be, of course, that's the whole fun part of it! I find myself struggling at times with coming up with a design that would follow the sketch, and at the same time be my own... And, truth be told, I quite often end up with an exact replica of the suggested layout or design. 

Every now and again, however, I really like to try thinking outside the box, and this is where the real fun starts!

Let's have a look at the sketch from this week's challenge, shall we?

I had quite a few ideas for that one, but almost all of them followed the sketch exactly, and I wanted to do something slightly different... And then, suddenly - wham! A totally mad idea came to my head... I went with it, and here's the result:

As you can see, it's a VERY loose interpretation of the sketch, but you can still see it there, can't you? I hope you can, haha! :o) 

I must tell you, I am pretty chuffed with this idea, and of the whole design, too! All I used were two stencils (Blossom for the "pine branches" and Huge Polka Dots for the "baubles"), and an add-on stamp set (Vinyl Christmas greetings), some Distress Inks, and a bit of heat embossing. And voila! My first Christmas card of the year! :o)

Hope that you like it, and that you'll play along. Will you follow the sketch more precisely, or rather loosely? I can't wait to see!

Have a great day,

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Satin gold paper - from my stash (I want to try the Tonic one when my supply is finished)

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