Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #144

This week AHSC had given us a classic sketch! And feeling the retro vibe, I decided to use a few much loved but less seen techniques on my card.

Technique #1, Sanding.  I love exposing the white core in CTMH's cardstock and giving my projects just that little bit more dimension.  On this card, I sanded the flowers and the embossed dots on my piece of sweet leaf cardstock.  I also sanded the edges of the sweet leaf piece and then inked it.

Technique #2, Inking the edges.  I swiped my Slate ink pad around the edges of my floral paper and sweet leaf card stock to not only frame them but to draw the eye in and give continuity between the two pieces.

Technique #3, Stamping directly onto the final piece.  What if I mess up? It is this worry that keeps so many people from stamping directly onto their work.  But you just have to keep reminding yourself; 1. I can get another piece of paper, 2. a "mess up" is not necessarily a mistake, and 3. if I don't try how will I ever get better at it?

Products I used for this card are:
La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 
Slate Ink
- January's stamp of the month Beloved Bouquet (S1601), 
Cricut Artiste for my flowers cut in Ruby and Hollyhock cardstock 
- and from my stash a Durables round pewter stud for the flower center.

Thank you for stopping by, and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Simply gorgeous! Your card makes me so happy, I keep coming back to it to admire it. I might have to make one of my own. ;)

  2. The floral design paper has an elegance of it's own, but you took the elegance a step further using your techniques and the sweet leaf embossed cardstock. Beautiful card. And agreed about stamping directly on card, maybe messing up but there's almost always a fix, a favorite expression from my daughter too.


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