Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Layering it On

Here are my cards for the last two April Viva la Verve sketches. Both of these sketches have a lot of bits and pieces and layers and that was a real challenge to me.

I’m using this cheery card for week 4’s sketch as my entry for Verve’s current Diva Dare, too. I made sure to incorporate bright colors and a butterfly die cut to fit the challenge!

The yellow striped and orange starburst patterned papers are from an Echo Park paper pad. They seemed to fit the definition of “bright!” I layered each patterned piece on an orange mat before attaching them to a yellow panel. Once they were in place, I added an oval for the sentiment. Instead of stamping the sentiment directly on the oval, I attached a notch-ended strip to the oval and stamped the “you make me smile” sentiment from the Love Notes set on that in orange ink.

I die cut the butterfly shape from orange cardstock and again from vellum. I layered the vellum butterfly on top of the cardstock one, then adhered the butterfly at the end of the sentiment strip. A row of tiny pearls along the center of the butterfly hides the adhesive I used on the vellum.

Materials Used:
Love Notes stamp set (Verve Stamps); Vivid Butterscotch ink (Clearsnap); Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White cardstock (Stampin’ Up!); white vellum (The Paper Company); Scoot 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park); Fishtail Flag Layers Stax die (My Favorite Things); oval dies (Spellbinders); silver brads, small self-adhesive pearls (Michaels) 

This one uses a cooler color scheme, but still has lots of layers going on. I thought the blues and greens were a good match for the “missing you” sentiment from the Always on my Mind set.

I used the sentiment with a pair of patterned papers from a My Mind’s Eye paper pad. I picked a smaller scale pattern for the background strips and used a bolder one for the panel in front. The panel in front has an avocado green ribbon strip across the top, edged with a few little pieces from Verve’s Pennant Trim die. The sentiment is at the bottom of the panel, layered over a large blue-green circle and accented with a green notch-ended panel.

Materials Used:
Always on my Mind stamp set, Pennant Trim die (Verve Stamps); Simply Chartreuse ink, Ocean Tides and Ripe Avocado cardstock, Ripe Avocado satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink); Indie Chic “Citron” 6x6 paper pad (My Mind’s Eye); circle dies (Spellbinders); Fishtail Flag Layers Stax die (My Favorite Things); copper brads (Michaels)


  1. These are both wonderful but that first one is so sunshiney and happy!

  2. Loving the orange and yellow on the first card and the great papers on the second. Well done with the sketches too :) Thanks for taking this month's Diva Dare!


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