Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This one has some interesting banner shapes that can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

I just received some new stamps in the mail on Wednesday.  As I was trying to figure out what to make for my design team sample with this sketch, I had a lightbulb moment and saw the vertical strip and the banners as a sort of tree shape.  And bingo – I decided to make a tree with branches for the little birdies to sit on.  To give myself enough space to carry out the idea, I stretched the sketch into a rectangle.  I used a background stamp on the brown cardstock to help it resemble tree bark.  Then I cut the tree trunk shape and stamped and fussy cut the branches.  I took artistic license and trimmed one branch shorter so they wouldn’t all look identical.  The tree trunk was edged with a black pen to help it coordinate with the black outlines of the stamped images.  I’m not sure how well it shows in the photo, but I snipped into the top edge of the green strip to help it look like blades of grass.  The birds were stamped on yellow cardstock, and I colored their beaks with a marker before fussy cutting them.  The leaves were also fussy cut after they were stamped on a scrap of the green cardstock.  So yeah – there was a lot of fussy cutting involved in creating this card, but I think it’s still clean and simple in style.


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS – Colours and Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 1:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, October 1 to link your card at the challenge website.

Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn); Weathered (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: marker (Copic)

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