Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Dashing Sketch {PP74}

Hiya friends! I hope my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that everyone is enjoying the weekend. It's another week at The Paper Players and the lovely and talented Lesley is bringing us a sketch:

Lesley always comes up with the best sketches--ya know she's the creator of Freshly Made Sketches--and this week is no exception!  One look at that tilted panel and I knew what I wanted to do:

Since titled panels are a challenge for me, I like to tilt the paper but stamp the image straight.  It's a sneaky way to embrace the tilt!  For this card, I paired some Mocha Morning DSP with some Brushed Gold cardstock cut with the Two Tags die.  I did cut it down a little to better fit my image.  Dasher was inked in Versamark, then Early Espresso, stamped onto the Brushed Gold and heat set with clear stampin' emboss powder.

The background was stamped in Early Espresso with the En Francias stamp and I added a little fussy ribbon treatment with vanilla seam binding, linen thread and a glimmer brad.  You might notice that the tiny tag was sponged with Champagne Shimmer paint to dull the brightness of the vanilla a bit.

I did the same with the Northern Frost snowflakes--the vanilla just seemed too bright next to the gold.  A little bit of shimmer paint sponged right on gives it instant sparkle with an aged look.

I went to town with the shimmer paint using it to ink up Dasher again on the inside.  Applied directly to the stamp gives it a shimmery watermark appearance.

And there you have it!  I hope you like today's card...please let me know if you have any questions.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players:

The Paper Players Design Team
Tara Bilbao
  Susan Joyce (November GD)

If you decide to play along with Lesley's fabulous sketch, please link up your creation to The Paper Players by Friday, December 2nd at midnight (PST).  I can't wait to come visit you!


stamps: dasher, seasonal sentiments [retired], en francais, tiny tags
paper: early espresso, very vanilla, brushed gold CS; mocha morning DSP
ink: early espresso, versamark, soft suede
xtras: northern frost die; two tags die; very vanilla seam binding ribbon; linen thread; glimmer brad; basic pearls; champagne shimmer paint


Kim S said...

I don't do "tilt" either! I love your tip to keep the image straight. Maybe I can stop just flipping past challenges with a tilted panel!!

Kristi said...

I love this! I have trouble with the tilt too so your tip will be tried out today.

Jen said...

I love this! All those shades of brown and gold are so festive! Thanks for the tip about the tilted layer!

Debbie Henderson said...

Dasher sits so perfectly on the tag shape and I love the shimmery snowflakes!

Marisa said...

Love the Dasher image and this card is fabulous! Great neutral tones and those snowflakes are gorgeous. Darling touch with the tag!

Linda Callahan said...

Love the tag - I struggle when things are askew as well! I am going to try your tip on keeping the image straight! Love the neutrals here as well - so classy!

LeAnne said...

This is lovely---I just love Dasher anyway---and that sentiment on the inside is beautiful. Why do they retire the good stuff? Very serene; another A+++++ in my grade book!

Julie Marshall said...

Gorgeous card Nance! Your tag is just fabulous. It works so perfectly with Dasher. Love the colors you chose and the snowflakes are the perfect finishing touch.

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Nance! I love the shimmery Dasher on the inside! And those snowflakes are absolutely awesome!

Margaret said...

I love the warm brown tones and the shimmer from the gold and champagne together! You made a wonderful card using the sketch! I really need to use my shimmer paint!

Diane - said...

Nance what a great card and love the colors. The DSP looks fab as a backdrop to that wonderful Dsaher..(love Dasher) and I really like your shimmer snowflakes and 'inside' dasher. The way you tied the bow is cool!
PS: I haven't used that shimmer lately, so Now you make me want to get it out! Hugs

Susan Joyce said...

Gorgeous Nance, love your colour choice, the tag and the pretty detail you have added on your design.

Anne Marie said...

Nance, I have one word for this beauty...DASHING! I struggle with the "tilt" as his one was a bit of a challenge for my OCD, but your tip about the tag is a great way to make a "feel-good" tilt. Love the Brushed Gold card stock I'm sure the shimmer is even more glorious "in-person". This is just gorgeous, my friend! Big hugs your way! :)

Lesley said...

Oh wow Nance, I adore your tilted tag and the dasher done straight...good tip! Love the shimmery snowflakes and the sentiment on the inside is one of my favs...I have it too. I agree with LeAnne, why do they retire the good stuff! Thanks for your sweet and lovely words too.

Tara Bilbao said...

Nance - This card is just stunning. I love the color combination with all the soft sparkle. I REALLY REALLY like how you topped off the tag - Perfection!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card Nance! Love the elegant reindeer and shimmery snowflakes! Thanks for the inspiration!

Noelle said...

This is a gorgeous card, Nance! I really love that little deer, the tag shape and those glitzy snowflakes! Thanks for popping by my blog, have a great weekend! :)

Dawn Braun said...

Nance, Your card is simply beautiful inside and out! I'm in LOVE with the shimmer paint too, can't get enough and I seem to always get it all over my fingers. (guess that just means I'm having fun!) I adore how you applied the shimmer paint directly to your stamp on the inside little deer. The watermark effect is a real treat! Thanks for your kind words on my blog.