Monday, August 4, 2014

HOC: Sketch Challenge - One Stamp Two looks!

Good morning and welcome to the House of Cards challenge this month.  We had some amazing entries last month for our challenge so congratulations to everyone who entered.  Believe me the choices were endless and the decision for the Top 5 was VERY difficult.

This time we have a sketch challenge for you.  This is one of those sketches that you make sure that you hang on to because there are soooooo many possibilities.
My card today started out as a Birthday Card for my Dear Husband but it actually ended up being two cards from the same stamp set.  The stamp set I used was Postage Due from Stampin Up.  
I started my inking up a scrap piece of CS using various colours and blending them as I went down the CS.  Then I used water and spritzed the CS, hoping to give it a watered look (but it didn't happen).  I think I should have used alcohol with the water to make the water droplets appear - any suggestions welcome!

I added a little stamp onto the envelop to give "my 2 cents worth" and then stamped over that again with a cancellation stamp.  I had another bicycle and stamped that on the other side of the envelop as well.  On the inside I found this great little sentiment which truly says it all, only wish I had come up with it on my own, but thank you to whomever did come up with it.
After I had completed the first card I could clearly see another card from the remaining CS that I had stamped on so here is my second card using the same sketch. This card was more feminine, but I always love surprises when they happen like this.

I know that my Dear Hubby will love his birthday card and I think I have a recipient for the second card as well so I hope that she will love it too.  

Now it's your turn.  Use the great sketch from HOC Sketch Challenge and see what you come up with.  Can you manage to make two cards from the same stamp set like I did?  If you can, make sure to enter both of them and don't forget we have lots of styles to choose from.  

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  1. Nancy, these are both beautiful!!! LOVE the great colors and the texture you added--awesome! HUGS! Mynn xx

  2. Hi Nancy! You first card has such a great masculine vibe and your second one has such a beautiful feminine look. Gorgeous cards both of them. Have a great day.

  3. Both are great, the same but different! Awesome job!

  4. Beautiful cards, Nancy! Like those score marks on the first card and the colored scalloped border on the second card!

  5. Both are fab! I like that you could do both a masculine and feminine card from the same bits!

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  7. I love that you 'saw' the second card, Nancy! Both of them are wonderful. (As for your water droplet technique, it may be your inks. If you were using SU! inks, they dry too quickly and the formulation is designed not to bleed much, so the water droplets will only really occur (and not reliably so) when the ink is wet. You may have better results using a coated paper such as glossy card stock. Tim Holtz Distress Inks are formulated to 'bleed' when wet, so when you flick water over it, the color will migrate and leave water droplets. Hope this helps!)

    Making Mayhem | Because Life is Messy

  8. Two fabulous cards! I love the clean lines of the first, but I also like the beautiful embossing and the softness of the second .
    Rosi x