Sketch Challenge PCC315


Welcome back! Our last challenge was 2 weeks, and it seems like y’all needed the break! Only a few submissions, but they were all fabulous.  I hope that you’ll join in this week’s sketch challenge PCC315.  Have a look; I think you’ll like it.


Sketch Challenge PCC315

Remember that the sketch is your starting point. You can flip it sideways, upside down – or even upside down and sideways! You can change the circle shape to something else; just keep the basic layout the same, and take it from there.


My friend and talented demo, Susan of Susan Stamps, recently shared a card where she mixed the Frost White Shimmer Paint with Balmy Blue ink refill to create a background. Well, it was gorgeous (see her card HERE) so I just had to try it out!

Sketch Challenge PCC315

I think I could’ve used a bit more Balmy Blue ink, but it came out okay! The shimmer is hard to photograph – I’ll add another picture a bit further down.


Start with a card base of Real Red cardstock, then add a panel of Garden Green. Attach a panel of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper, then a smaller panel of Real Red cardstock.

To create the background, I put some Balmy Blue ink from my ink pad onto a large Clear Block, then added some Frost White Shimmer Paint. I mixed the two together with a damp Aqua Painter, then applied the paint to a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Hindsight says I should’ve used Shimmery White cardstock! Oh well – my hindsight is always 20/20; what about you?

After the pain had dried, I used my Stamparatus with a Penny Black stamp Season’s Marvel. Because of the paint wash, it has to be stamped several times, first in Pear Pizzazz ink, then add Garden Green ink for some shading. Finally, stamp the tree in Versamark ink, cover with Clear Embossing Powder, and set with a Heat Tool.

Next, stamp the sentiment, also from Penny Black set called Peaceful Season, in Memento Black ink, then again in Versamark ink. Repeat the steps above with the Clear Embossing Powder.

Sketch Challenge PCC315

In this picture, above, you can see more of the Frost White Shimmer mixed with the Balmy Blue ink.

To finish off the card front, add a strip of Garden Green cardstock across the bottom of the stamped panel. Use the Big Shot with the Blizzard Thinlits Die and some non-SU! light blue glimmer paper, to die cut 2 snowflakes. You could also use a Sponge, the Balmy Blue ink pad and some Sparkle Glimmer Paper to create your own blue glimmer paper.


I do hope you’ll join this week’s sketch challenge PCC315 – I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll create! For more inspiration, go to our Paper Craft Crew challenge page, to see what the rest of the Design Team created. That’s also where you’ll find the link, to add your card.


You can click on the product images below to order the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used on my card. Thanks for spending some time with me today; I hope you enjoyed my card. If you have time to leave a comment, I’d love to  read it.


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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 “Sketch Challenge PCC315

    1. Thanks, Susan! I think I used a bit too much of the shimmer paint…oh well! It’s fun playing 🙂

    1. Thanks, Buffy! I agree – I hope the shimmer paint stays in the catalogues. We all need shimmer year ’round, not just holidays 🙂

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