I'm so excited that it's Friday and the weekend is just about here. We've got a really exciting weekend ahead of us, Aidan is taking is pre-test for his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and he needs to pass it in order to take his Black Belt test in two weeks. He's been working really hard at this for the past 3 years so I'm excited but also really nervous so please keep him in your thoughts. Anyway, today I want to share the card I made for this weeks Retro Sketches Sketch Challenge. I was using the new Soho Subway designer series paper on another project this week so it was siting out on my desk so I decided to try to come up with a more masculine card. The cardbase is Crumb Cake and I stamped the background with the Clockworks stamp set and Crumb Cake ink (love the swirly, geometric images in this set). Next I added a piece of Soho Subway designer series paper that is matted on a piece of Island Indigo cardstock (I used the Finishing Touches Edgelits and the Big Shot to cut the decorative border along the bottom.
The next layer uses the Early Espresso coredinations cardstock (love this stuff) that was embossed with the Big Shot and the new Alphabet Press Embossing Folder before sanding the cardstock so the images really stand out. This piece is matted on Summer Starfruit cardstock. I added two neutral brads to the top right corner (they're retired but I don't have any of the new candy dots to use which would have been perfect). I also added a piece of Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon and a matching bow that's accented with a Basics 3/8" Glimmer Brad. The greeting is from the new Yippee-Skippee stamp set (one of my absolutely favorite new stamp sets!!!!) and I used Stampin' Write Markers to add the ink directly to the rubber before stamping, punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch and then sponged around the edge with Crumb Cake ink. As usual, I used dimensionals to attach the greeting to the card so it pops up.
I really like how this card turned out and the colors are so fresh and different from what I normally use, I love how when you use our designer series paper it provides you some great color inspiration and a means to step out of your comfort zone while knowing that the colors will work together since Stampin' Up already planned the images and colors to work together.
Hope you enjoy and happy stamping this weekend!