Saturday, June 19, 2010

Diva Sketch Challenge

Welcome to my blog and another Diva Sketch Challenge! Pictured below is the sketch Carol gave us to work with. My card uses one of the sneak peek stamps sets that demonstrators could order on June 1. Customers will be able to purchase this stamp set and see the new catalog on July 1!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings. En Francais background
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray
Ink: Black Staz-On, Basic Gray
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Oval Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads, 1/8" Basic Black Taffetta Ribbon (new!)

I absolutely love Paris, and this image of the Eiffel Tower is just amazing! It looks like a beautiful etching. Below is a detail of the accent piece. I think this stamp looks just like an antique pin.

I'd also like to share a tip for using background stamps. (It's on my mind since I did a variation of this card for a new catalog swap and I had to do 24 cards!) I always use a brayer to ink my background stamps. It goes much faster than using your ink pad and you get a very even coverage! Of course, you all know to leave your background stamp rubber side up and place your cardstock on top of the stamp. I work on a sheet of Stampin' Up grid paper, keeping my inked stamp on the right. I take the left side of the grid paper, flip it on top my cardstock, and rub over the stamped background to get an even inked image. No mess on the hands and a perfect imprint every time!

To see the next card in the Diva Sketch Challenge, just click here to see what my lovely and talented daughter, Becky, came up with.


  1. Barbara, this is fabulous! I love it! It's so sophisticated!


  2. Beautiful elegant card. Love the detail (the "pin" on the side).

  3. So beautiful!!! I just love it!

  4. So pretty.. may have to case this one for my club meeting!! Elegant!

  5. elegance at it's best. stunning, barbara. xox

  6. WOW!!! This is so elegant!!! Great job with this stamp set and thanks for the tip on using the brayer with the background stamp!! Never thought about using that!!

  7. Gorgeous!! I love the embellishment in the corner!!

  8. Ooooohhh Laaa Laaaa, what a gorgeous card! Love what you did. :O