Paper & Ink Sketches #16

I’m playing along with the Paper & Ink Sketches again. This isn’t really a challenge, per se, but just a fun source of inspiration. It started last July and will run through the end of June. New sketches are posted twice per month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday. By the end, there will be a total of 26 sketches released which can be used over and over as a starting point for creating cards. Here’s a peek at the new sketch (#16) which debuted on Wednesday. If you would like to download a PDF of the sketch, click here. If you would prefer a version with measurements, click here instead.

Mel's Card Corner | Paper & Ink Sketches #16

I absolutely love the simplicity and CAS (clean and simply) style of this sketch. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be an awesome sketch to showcase the beautiful Inside the Lines designer series paper (DSP) available as one of the current Sale-a-Bration items from Stampin’ Up!® Since there’s no stamping on this card, it’s a super quick and easy project, too!

Mel's Card Corner | Paper & Ink Sketches #16

I started by cutting a piece of the DSP to 3.75 x 4.25″. This is a slight modification from the original sketch which calls for this layer to be 3.5 x 4.25″, but the nice thing about sketches is they are just jumping off points for a design. They aren’t set in stone, so feel free to make any changes you like while still remaining true to the basic sketch design. I just decided I wanted to show off as much of this gorgeous DSP as possible on my card.

I also cut two pieces of cardstock. I cut a piece of Basic Black to 4 x 4.25″ and a piece of Real Red to 4.25 x 4.25″. Before adhering all the layers together, I die cut the word congrats from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies once from the center of each of the two cardstock colors. Since all the pieces were going to be layered together anyway, this was a great way to conserve some cardstock for the die cuts.

Mel's Card Corner | Paper & Ink Sketches #16

After I completed the die cutting, I adhered the DSP and cardstock layers together using tape runner. Next, I adhered the red congrats die cut over the black congrats using some liquid glue. I offset them slightly allowing just a peek of the black cardstock to show. This allowed me to create a drop shadow effect with the black die cut which added a bit of dimension to the die cut.

To complete the card, I created an A2 top-folding card base from some thick white cardstock. I adhered the paper layer piece to the card base using tape runner centering it vertically on the card base. I then adhered the stacked congrats die cut to the center of the card using some liquid glue and that finished the card. I really love how the red pops on the black and white DSP.

If you would like to earn the Inside the Lines paper for free, simply place a $50 order (before tax and shipping) in my online store. You can earn a free product for every $50 you spend with no limit on the number of free items you can earn. Don’t wait too long though! The Sale-a-Bration promotion ends  March 31.

I’m entering this card in the following challenge:

Until next time …

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  1. Anita says:

    Gorgeous monochrome background highlighted by your red and black.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, Anita x

  2. Chrissie says:

    I love the simplicity yet bold statement this fab card makes!
    Thanks for joining in the fun with HLS CAS challenge this time!

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