Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Autumn Blessings

This is my second post today.  Card Concept 
Forest Friends is just below this!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Rita Wright.


I'm always amused at the "phobias" of the various people on the Freshly Made Sketches design team. The most well-known is someone who gets quite distressed when there is a circle on the sketch. We've started apologizing in advance to her if the sketch we create happens to have a circle.  My phobia isn't well-known, but I'll tell you now - I can't do things that are all centered.  To put that big banner on my card, I had to put something off center on the banner. And that little banner gave me an extra headache because it really made everything look centered.  I might have stretched things a bit - but here's how I dealt with my problem.

FMS Blessed

Do you like my little leaf pretending to be the tiny banner in the sketch?!

The big leaf is actually the die cut to a stamped leaf and as such, it's a little "thick" to stand alone. After struggling with a number of methods of getting a variety of rich fall colors on the stamp, I finally gave up, puddled some Distress Inks on a block and laid the die cut right in the colorful puddle. Had I been thinking clearly, instead of acting out of frustration, it would have occurred to me to switch to a stand-alone die!  Having said that, the chunky leaf led me to the sentiment.  I'd actually planned a more "delicate" stamped sentiment but it didn't match the leaf.  I like how it ended up.

I hope to see you playing along with this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I would guess that by the time I look at everybody's card, I will have gained some understanding of how to center things!

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15 comments:

Amy O said...

Ahhh! Now we know your greatest fear -- centering. haha! You appear to have conquered it quite successfully this time as you've made a beautiful card. I love the Fall colors and the multi-colored leaves.

Linda Callahan said...

I love how you dealt with your fear.....so creative.....and so beautiful! Gorgeous card in every way! And I like things askew myself!

Nora N. said...

Oh how lovely!!! I like how the leaf die cut came out and that chunkier sentiment looks fabulous!! Great card!!

Lisa said...

I love the way you have conquered your fear of centered things!! This is terrific Kim and the coloring on your leaves is pretty!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

I need to get some more picture dies! You have inspired me! Hugs xxx

Cindy Lovell said...

You card is fabulous,Kim!! The colors are perfect and i love the leaves!!
Ok,have to keep this in mind...NOT centering!! ;) But i love how you made this work,so beautiful!!!

Jen Mitchell said...

I think you've handled your phobia perfectly! The leaves look great colored that way. I can never get that to work for me!

Happy Dance said...

I hope it's alright that I chuckled at your phobia...I have so many that I couldn't keep track of them if I tried. (Lots of coloring, good watercoloring, lots of layers, mixed media...you get the idea, lol) But you've overcome yours and made a delightful card, Kim. The colors and textures and how wonderfully you've followed the sketch has made for one nice card. Full of Fall goodness. I like it too! Bev

Karren said...

Great way to get something on this symmetrical sketch that's off-centre. I've been admiring those big leaves and I only just realised when I saw your supply list that I've actually got those dies! Doh!

Holly Stene said...

The leave is so perfectly colored for fall - great card!

Jen Brum said...

As a person who may have a circle phobia I do not believe for a second that you have a "centred" phobia! your card is gorgeous! I love those leaves! Such rich colours! This will definitely delight someone!

Jen Timko said...

"Centered phobia".....you crack me up! I had no idea and would never have if you hadn't confessed. I just love your off center leaf and all the beautiful color details on it!

Cindy Hall said...

Wow, perfectly centered and oh-so-pretty! I love the paper colors and DSP you choose for this beauty, and the enamel dots are the perfect accent for those gorgeous leaves.

Rita Wright said...

LOL I think we are opposite; I freak out if things aren't centered! You did an amazing job with sketch. I am loving the gorgeous fall colors you used too.

Narelle Farrugia said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I am loving your take on this weeks sketch and I especially love those multi-coloured leaves.