PCC356 Vertical Sketch Challenge

Happy hump-day, otherwise know as Wednesday! I’m here today to share with you the PCC356 Vertical sketch challenge. This is for the Paper Craft Crew – I hope you’ll join us! Let’s have a look at the sketch (and this time I got it right – it is vertical!)


PCC356 Vertical Sketch Challenge

As part of the challenge ‘rules’, you’re allowed to flip the sketch sideways, backwards or upside down. Of course you choose the stamps, colours, etc. that you want to use for your project.


For that tall focal area, I reached back into my Stampin’ Up! stash of stamps, and used one of my favourite nature sets. It’s called Rooted in Nature. I just used the one stamp from the set, and none of the dies.

PCC356 Vertical Sketch Challenge

I kept the colour palette neutral, to go with the  tree image.


Set up a panel of white cardstock in your stamp platform. This makes it easier for inking & stamping multiple times, which is what you do for this image. First, ink up the image with Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress inks. Stamp onto the panel. Repeat the inking & stamping, if needed. Next, use a brown marker to colour in the trunk directly onto the stamp. Now stamp down onto the panel; again re-inking if needed.

When finished with the tree, use the large dots stamp from the SU! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. Stamp them across the bottom of the panel, in Tea Dye Distress ink.  For the sentiment, use the Picket Fence Studios Exhale Worry set, and stamp in Versamark ink. Cover with white embossing powder, and heat set. For fine lettering like this, I really like the WOW Superfine powder – it doesn’t ‘fill in’ the areas between letters.

Now you’re all set to layer the pieces together, as shown in the sketch. The patterned paper at the bottom is from a retired pack from SU!, as is the wood patterned paper strip. I cut a strip of burlap ribbon, and attached it with double-sided tape, underneath the panels.

PCC356 Vertical Sketch Challenge


For more inspiration on working with the sketch, check out what the rest of the Design Team created! Click over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge blog; that’s also where you’ll find the link to add your project. Who knows – you may be our next Top Pick!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “PCC356 Vertical Sketch Challenge

    1. This particular tree in this set is my favourite, Susan. (any idea what kind it is??) Thanks for your kind comment – you should play along!

    1. Thanks, Buffy! I love the variety of trees in this set 🙂 The sentiment from Picket Fence Studios is one of my favourites, as well!

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