At a previous stamp club meeting, the gals asked about the Stampin’ Blends and indicated that they would like to try them out. I typically don’t create projects that require coloring for a group setting because it can be very time consuming. Also, I hate for people to be hanging out waiting for colors to free up (if they’re sharing the coloring media). But I wanted to honor their request, so this is the card that I designed. I selected an image that isn’t too large, and can use many colors to alleviate those bottlenecks. There is also a stamped and colored image on the inside of the card, too. The gals shared the Stampin’ Blends markers like champs, and there was no problem with people waiting for colors. In fact, this was one of the shorter stamp club meetings that we’ve had! I think that they had fun experimenting with the Stampin’ Blends, and hopefully they have gained some confidence to experiment some more. This is definitely one of those things that you need to keep practicing to find what works for you.

I used this sketch as the basis for my card design. I took the general idea and turned it into a landscape card layout. I’ve been wanting to pull out my doilies to use them on a card, and the partial circle on the sketch seemed perfect to me for that element. Our doilies are larger than the scale of the shape on the sketch, and the panel for the bird needed to be longer to accommodate the greeting. When I rotated the sketch in my minds’ eye, it all came together so that the sizing of the elements worked. Fortunately, what I envisioned in my brain also worked out in the real world. Believe me, that is not always the case!

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