Let me start with a kind thank you to Cécile Ribon, our incredibly talented and very artistic designer at Freshly Made Sketches, has created an interesting sketch for us this week. I say interesting because it has my nemesis, multiple circles. Sigh. All things considered, I think it turned out okay. Despite my phobia with circles, I got so involved in those that I missed a couple important points of the sketch, the division of the panel with a top and bottom and the sentient in the lower left corner. So, I’m not a very good example; don’t forget to take a good look at the actual sketch below.
I saw this really cool video by Becca Feeken on adding foil borders to die cuts and I really wanted to try it. It shows how to use a Mini Minc and Circle Dies to create these foil bordered circle cutouts. NOTE: I used Nestabilities Dies for this project; the dies have the cutting edge in the middle of the dies and therefore, leaves a border on both the main panel and the cutout. I’m having some issues with my toner pritnter and that makes issues with the foil sticking solidly. I still have lots of learning and practicing to do with my Minc.
Anyway, for easy placement of the stamped images, I drew a circle with pencil around each hole onto the cardstock that would be behind it, stamped the images in Smoky Slate (exception: sentiment in Garden Green) and colored them with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils. No water. Sidenote: It’s soooooooo relaxing to stamp it up and take it out on the lanai to color while enjoying this glorious weather.
Here’s the sketch that you really should follow more closely than I did!
I hope that you look at this sketch and say “Oh, cool!” and run to your craft room with an overabundance of ideas! But, first, don’t forget to jump over to Freshly Made Sketches to see awesome designs that follow the sketch! I hope I see you in the gallery this week! Remember, stamping is therapeutic, so make sure you get lots of stamping time throughout the holidays!