It’s all about Card Ideas for Paper Crafters this week, and I hope you’ve been enjoying the tour of this issue.
One of the things I love most about sketches is their versatility. You can use them as an exact pattern for a card if you’re trying to chase away a nasty case of creative block or, when you’re feeling especially inspired, you can stretch the sketch into many variations.
To see where that creative journey would take them, I asked a few of our Paper Crafts Go-to Gals to really s-t-r-e-t-c-h the boundaries of the cover sketch, not only in the design but also applying it to a non-card project.
Windy Robinson turned the sketch 90 degrees to the left and used decorative tape strips for the design elements in this stunning journal:
Julie Campbell used the idea of the sketch, also turning it on its side, with the mini-clothespins on this adorable note tin:
The other thing I love most about sketches is that they are timeless. Collect sketches and refer to them over and over again for design inspiration. Apply new product or a fresh technique and what was old is suddenly new again!
So, in a combination of old and new in the world of sketches, I hunted down a few treasures for today’s giveaway. Not only do I have a copy of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters, but I also found a copy of Go-to Sketches (which has been sold out for a year!) AND a collector’s edition (hardcover! 222 pages! 92 sketches!) of The Joy of Card Making. And then, just in case you want to try out that fun cover sketch yourself, I found two Mat Stacks from the Lemon Flower collection by DCWV that are perfect for trimming into strips.
Leave me your thoughts on sketches (Do you use them? Do you stretch them? Where do you find them?) and I’ll pick one winner of this sketch prize package. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Now go on, get sketchy!
P.S. Another day, another sketch challenge…hop over to Moxie Fab World!