Thursday, September 15, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #2

Well, my blog name was truthful when it came to this card.  I saw the second sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, a card just appeared in my head, and I could NOT wait to get home from work and put ink to paper.  I was very much obsessed.  :-)  Then it didn't quite live up to expectations, so I made it again.  I ended up making the entire card twice, and a few pieces 3 times.  That isn't really like me, I'm not usually a perfectionist stamper.  But without further ado, this is what I ended up with:

The chocolate chip layer is lifted on double thickness Dimensionals.  The first card had only one layer, and it wasn't enough.

The shaped layer is a Top Note run through the Big Shot twice.  I first saw this done on Mary Fish's popular blog.  I took it up a notch by layering Marina Mist behind.  I achieved that by layering a piece of Whisper White onto a piece of Marina Mist, and running them through at the same time.  This ensured that when I flipped them and ran them through again, I would end up with 2 of the exact same shape.  I also trimmed the bottom edge of them while they were still together, so I would have a straight line to make the ribbon placement easier (didn't do this step on the first card).  Then I trimmed the Whisper White layer along the perforated edge.  I also sanded because you can end up with a bit of a bumpy edge from the perforations.

The snow scene was achieved with a torn piece of paper, a couple sponges, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, and Marina Mist ink.  Dasher is embossed with copper embossing powder (non Stampin' Up!, and purchased on my way home from work because I didn't want to use gold on the perfect card in my head!).

The ribbon is 1/8" taffeta Marina Mist layered onto 5/8" organza Whisper White ribbon.  I used a sponge dauber and Marina Mist ink to add some color to the edges of the 5/8" organza (also not done on the first card... it needed something "extra").

And finally, the snowflake.  That's Whisper White and Bashful Blue card stock covered with 2 layers of clear embossing.  I had to switch to Bashful Blue because the Marina Mist was far too dark after it was embossed.  The snowflake is non-Stampin' Up!, but of course you could easily replace it with the Stampin' Up! version.  I layered the two pieces, intertwined the arms, and added my very last Chocolate Chip glimmer brad to tie the colors together.  And it is adhered with more Dimensionals.

And if you made it to the end, I applaud and thank you!  I was so obsessed, I just had to tell the card's whole story.  :-)

Supplies Used
Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Merry Moments DSP
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, VersaMark
Stamp Set:  Dasher
Other:  Big Shot, Top Note die, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, snowflake punch, glimmer brads, copper EP, Dimensionals


  1. Blue and brown together is beautiful - love it on your card! And I love how you shaded the horizon behind Dasher :)

  2. I <3 Dasher and he looks super on your pretty card. I love the layered, altered Top Note; very cool shape! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. Dasher always looks fabulous embossed and this is no exception! And he looks fabulous against your lovely snow scene too. I had a little chuckle when you said you stopped on the way home from work to get the embossing powder. How many times have I done something like that!! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. Love that sponged ground under Dasher's feet! This card is a work of perfection and I share your obsession...can't wait until the weekend, when I get to stamp!!! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  5. Gorgeous card! Dasher is one of my favorite stamp sets. I love the sponging that you adds so much! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  6. Oh my CJ ... what a lovely lovely card ... how super dashing is Dasher all embossed and looking fabulous ... your sponging and snow scene is superb, the perfect backdrop!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  7. This is beautiful! I love the scene you created for Dasher, just gorgeous!