Friday, March 30, 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge #86

Hello fellow card makers.

Today I am sharing with you my project for the Your Next Stamp challenge #86. Your Next Stamp has a biweekly sketch and/or color combination challenge and it's time for a new one. Here is a look at this week's sketch and color combo.

I wanted to test myself to see if I could create a card around this week's sketch. Although the color combination is very beautiful, I wanted to see if I could do it. So, I grabbed one of the new stamp sets by Your Next Stamp and started planning. I used the Puddles of Fun stamp set and coordinating dies to create my card.

I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb cardstock. I used Darice's Chicken Wire embossing folder to emboss the paper. This was the start of my hexagon theme for this card. I cut this panel down with the second to largest Stitched Rectangle Die and adhered it to a piece of white craft foam using double sided tape. I also used double sided tape to adhere it to my Simon Says Stamp Fog card base.

To create the bottom portion of my background, and in keeping with the sketch; I grabbed some patterned paper. This honeycomb or chicken wire type patterned paper is from an older My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad called Quilting Bee. I cut it down using the same Stitched Rectangle Die I used on the embossed panel. I adhered it to the embossed panel using double sided adhesive.

I moved onto the centerpiece of my card, that being the center most rectangle in the middle of the sketch. I chose to use a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth White cardstock. I used the smallest rectangle from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 1 Die-namics die set.  For this part of the card, I ink blended a sky and some hills using Distress Oxide inks and the My Favorite Things Drifts and Hills stencil. I used Iced Spruce and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks. Once I was done ink blending, I spritzed the background with Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray. It is hard to tell in the photos, but this gave the panel a shimmer and also lifted some of the ink from the blending in classic Distress ink fashion. I wasn't sure if I was done with this panel but I adhered it to the card front with double sided adhesive. I also added a piece of washi tape to the top left corner as shown in the sketch.

I stamped my image in Your Next Stamp Black Olive Ink and used my Copic Markers to color them.  For a complete list of which colors I used, see the Copic color map I created below. I used the coordinating dies to cut out my image. I then adhered it to my drifts and hills background using Scotch 3M foam tape.

The sentiment which is also from the Your Next Stamp Puddles of Fun stamp set was stamped on Stampin' Up!'s Basic Gray cardstock with Versamark ink. I used Hero Arts Ultra Fine White embossing powder to heat emboss it. I used the Stitched Window Rectangles by My Favorite Things to cut out my sentiment. I adhered it to the card panel also with foam tape.

As I was creating this card I noticed that the chick was holding an umbrella which is typical for Spring, but he was also wearing a scarf. Considering we just had about 8 inches of snow here 3 days into Spring, I got the idea to add a little snow to my card. It's about as unexpected at the snow we just had was. So I used my white Gelly Roll pen to add tiny dots of snow all over my background and my image. I think it helps document the weather we have been having and hopefully says good bye to colder weather for the rest of Spring.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoyed my project. Please (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Your Next Stamp blog to play along in challenge #86 or to see what other inspiring projects the design team and others are creating with the sketch and color combo.



  1. A beautiful take on the sketch. Love the gorgeous sky and hills you created!

  2. Absolutely adorable! Love the soft grey, I consider it your signature style.