Creating from a sketch challenge – Casually Crafting April Blog Hop…

Creating from a sketch challenge can be an incredible way to get your crafting ‘mojo’ going again if it is taking a little holiday for any reason. Just grab a stamp set or two and use the layout as inspiration for a design. You can stick to the sketch rigidly or use it more loosely, as I have done here today!

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The Casually Crafting Design Team have been busy this month creating loads of project ideas for you to hop through – how exciting! We are a group of Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who want to share our take on Casual Crafting with you, keeping things fun and achievable for all.

A handmade card with dragonflies in grey, turquoise and yellow, showing how easy and fun it can be creating from a sketch challenge

I have used the gorgeous Dragonfly Garden stamp set and punch for this card today, I am so glad that it is carrying over into the next catalogue, because it is so nice to play with. I suppose I had better let you have a look at the sketch graphic for the hop this month, so you can see what my card was based on!

The sketch that was used for this blog post, creating from a sketch challenge.
Creating from a sketch challenge

You really could interpret this sketch in many different ways. Look at the outer lines, you could do some embossing with a ruler and an embossing tool onto cardstock, or use paper to create a similar look as I have above. You could keep the papers straight or go off-piste and misalign them as in my example. And the circles and ovals? Stick to the sketch and use some punches or swap out those for other elements, such as the dragonflies. So you see, creating from a sketch can lead you anywhere really!

A close up of a handmade card with dragonflies in grey, turquoise and yellow, showing how easy and fun it can be creating from a sketch challenge

I coloured my dragonflies in using Stampin’ Blends, Daffodil Delight Dark, Light and So Saffron Light too. The circles are punched using a soon to be retiring 2″ circle punch, one from Whisper White and one from Smoky Slate DSP. I have used a lot of the Colour Families DSP in this card, as it is such a staple product and has so many different designs.

The bow has been tied with some white twine too, to give a really interesting effect. The polka dot ribbon can get a little lost against a busy background, but the white twine helps it to pop out a little bit. I hope that I have shown you how fun creating from a sketch can be, and how much it can inspire creativity. Why not take this sketch and have a go yourself!

A handmade card with dragonflies in grey, turquoise and yellow, showing how easy and fun it can be creating from a sketch challenge

Don’t forget to come back after you have finished the hop to purchase any of the products that you may want to create these projects, but for now, enjoy hopping and seeing what the rest of the Casually Crafting Design Team have been creating this month. I can’t wait to see what projects they have for you!!

Until next time – Happy Stamping xx

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