Monday, August 22, 2016

4 Sketches, 1 Digital Stamp!

Hello Power Poppy Peeps and welcome to another Inspire Me Monday -- a quick fix of inspiration to jump start your creative week! I thought instead of showing you a technique or sharing a tip, I would share four sketches and show off four different, yet color-coordinated cards using Power Poppy's  Leaping Trout digital stamp set. I just love this image for "man cards." It's also perfect for my neck of the woods, where fly fishing reigns "King." Use these sketches in your own stamp rooms or see how the gentle mix of decorative papers can bring about a positive visual vibe in a set of cards!

Here's a peek at the four cards I'll be sharing today!

So let's get to it! 

I will say that all of the trout were colored up exactly the same way. I used some warm grey tones (W01, W03), a few vibrant blue green shades (BG000, BG11 and BG72)  and some lighter rose shades (R81, R83 an R14) to color these up as rainbow trout. There are also some olive green bits in there as well (YG91 and YG93.)

Here's Sketch #1

Here's Card #1

And here's how I put this sketch in play using some stitched edge dies, a wooden button adorned with a little bit of natural cording and a mix of blue decorative papers to try to pick up on the fish's fresh colors!

Here's Sketch #2

Here's Card #2

When it comes to card layout, I have always been a fan of the fishtail pennants. I thought since my main image was a fish, why not use one of my favorite accents? I included the same stitched rectangle die and some of the same decorative papers from card #1 to let these two designs play off of each other. I accented my image with the same twine but added a few extras with some gold brads and even an honest to goodness fly. I picked this little guy up at the fly shop and had fun choosing this little "Woolly Bugger!" :-)

Here's a little close up for you so you can see just how that trout is colored up! 

Here's Sketch #3

Here's Card #3
I love wonky sketches, when one piece of paper or two are at an angle. So, this sketch takes on that flair! I added some distressed edges, wood grain paper and even a wee bit of paper piecing. See those same bits of paper from the othe two cards? Yep, they're there! I also added the twine and a bronze brad. See?

Here's Sketch #4

Here's Card #4

Okay, which one of these does not look like the others? I admit, this one is a bit of a stretch when it comes to creating a cohesive set of cards. The decorative paper here has the same beige tones in card #2 and card #3 and then I picked up the denim decorative paper that is in card #3. After I photographed this one, however, I see it doesn't gel as well as the other three. That's okay though! My intent was there! Here I layered up a bunch of decorative paper, added a ribbon border with some silver paper dots and some fun decorative shapes. 

There you have it peeps -- four sketches, four cards, and just one digital stamp image! I hope you like the designs and even more, I hope you take these sketches for a test drive in your own stamping spaces! Most of my cards are on the simple side so why not add a few more embellishments or put a twist on these layouts to make your own mark on them! If you do use one or all of these sketches, please share a link to your creations so that I can see your take on them!

Have a fabulous week & thanks for stopping by!



Heidi Stamps said...

Lovely cards, I definitely will save this card sketches for later use!

Tricia T said...

Love these! Great coloring and sketches!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Great way to use same stamp and make 4 different cards using sketches .Thanks for the inspiration :)

Pauline said...

Julie love your sketches and card samples. I love that you used the same images for all 4 cards, and you get 4 completely different looks. I will pin the sketches for future use. Thanks for the inspiration today! :)

Linda Carson said...

Wow Julie! These are fabulous! Thanks for the creative sketches and inspiration!!

Donna Phelan said...

Nothing fishy about your fantastic cards! Love the sketches and every little detail on each of your creations! WOW!!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Julie, what fabulous cards! I love this digi, and you've really colored these trout so beautifully! I love it, and what fabulous sketches! I will be pinning these! I hope Power Poppy adds more sketches. They are wonderful. Thanks so much for this fabulous inspiration! Hugs, sweet friend! You are amazing! xoxo