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Midweek Media: Sketches for inspiration

Hello crafty people! Today’s Midweek Media focuses on sketches. I didn’t really realize that these existed until about two years ago myself, and now I find it hard to create a card without some challenge.

This post features one specific challenge–Kendra’s Card Challenge which runs for three months (the current challenge started October 1st and will go through December 31st). This challenge provides you with 15 sketches and directions to use up multiple pieces of patterned paper in my stash. And did I mention that there is prizes and Facebook group where people share their work for more inspiration? It is really amazing.


I am currently working through the current challenge and am focusing on Halloween-themed cards and I have finished the first 8 cards in the challenge. In this post, I am sharing the cards I made for sketch 7 and 8.

Card #1

This sketch takes a lot of the leftover pieces of patterned paper created when cutting out the pieces for the rest of the card.

This was the card my interpretation of the sketch using those strips.

This car was made by cutting a piece of watercolor paper and watercolor smooshed the paper with some blue shimmer spray, marker mixed with water, and some black ink mixed with water. After it all dried, I glued strips of patterned paper diagonally across the watercolor paper panel as indicated by the sketch. I then trimmed all of the paper strips and then distressed the edges before ink blending the edges with black ink.

Then I went to work on the smaller rectangular panel in the middle of the card sketch. I stamped some small Halloween images multiple times on another piece of watercolor paper with more of the black ink before heat embossing them and then watercolor smooshed the watercolor paper with more of the same spray I used on the larger panel. I then used some white gold watercolor to paint the skulls and ghosts. After they dried, I trimmed the panel down to the required sized and then ink blended the panel with more of the black ink. I then stamped the sentiment, heat embossed it, and then die cut it before gluing it onto the smaller panel.

Sequins were glued onto the panel and then the whole thing was glued onto an A2-sized white cardbase.

Card #2

Then it was onto sketch #8.

This card features what looks like 2 circles of patterned paper, but it really is only one patterned paper and a leftover piece of a second patterned paper (paper b). I cheated a little and substituted a thinner piece of washi tape for the horizontal strip on the card.

Again, I watercolor smooshed some watercolor paper for the background panel, and then used some black watercolor paper behind the front (white) circle and the matte layer of the card.

After assembling the sketch, I glued it onto an A2-sized white card base.

I hope that these sketches or other challenges inspire you to create!