While I worked at the Glitter Pot as a class tutor I designed and ran a few 'One Layout, Four Cards' classes where I'd prepare a sketch and use it to create four cards for the class. A few of my card group ladies came along to those classes and they wondered if I could do something similar for card group. Well, I was happy to give it a go and everyone seems to like the idea so I'll be doing more of them. I've CASEd Rachel's design and used the layout as the Card Group Layout #1.
For me, a sketch is a starting point and while you can choose to interpret a sketch faithfully, it's great to be able to make some changes such as rotating the sketch and changing any shapes. You can interpret strictly or loosely - just as long as the basic layout is recognisably visible on your completed card it's all good!
Here's my CASEd version of one of Rachel's cards. I loved the look of the wonky panels on Rachel's cards - such a fun, quirky touch! I adore the medallion image and I just had to stamp two images, one in Rich Razzleberry and one in Bermuda Bay ink so I could fussy cut the Bermuda Bay medallion and pop it up over the top of the Rich Razzleberry image. I used Pool Party CS for the card base and Rich Razzleberry CS for the mat layer. Rachel has a fab method of cutting a rectangular panel in half so you end up with a triangle which you use as the wonky mat layer. I glued the Rich Razzleberry triangle in place, glued the white image layer on top of the mat layer and then trimmed off the excess as per Rachel's instructions. I completed the card front by stamping the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink.
Here's the inside and the envelope. There's a lovely doily image in the 'Frosted Medallions' set too!
For card two I've rotated the sketch and used a landscape oriented design. I spritzed water on a panel of Pink Pirouette CS and embossed it using the fabulous SU! 'Hexagons Dynamic' embossing folder. Wow, this folder is really impressive, the embossing is SO deep! I matted the pink embossed panel onto a Basic Black CS mat. I stamped and die cut two leaves, stamped and punched three flowers, shaped them and positioned them on the pink panel, popping up the three flowers. I stamped and die cut the sentiment oval and popped it up on the pink panel - so instead of having a sentiment on the sentiment part of the layout I used an embellishment - black ribbon tied in a knot - instead.
Here's the inside and the envelope.
I love it when a sketch can be used on both rectangular and square cards and I made sure to include a square card using layout #1! My ladies occasionally have to prod me to create masculine cards for card group but I took the opportunity of playing with some new SU! goodies to make a masculine birthday card - well, the stamps and dies were still out on my desk after I'd made a card for Owen!
For this card I kept fairly faithful to the layout - albeit using squares instead of rectangles - and I didn't position the image and mat layers right up against the top and left hand side. I made a 4 3/4" square Crumb Cake card base, stamped the sentiment and adhered a panel of Pool Party CS. I stamped the t-shirt onto a piece of Echo Park patterned paper, stamped the 'Vintage', die cut the t-shirt and popped it up on a Night of Navy panel. To complete the card front I added three silver nailheads to the Night of Navy panel.
Here's the inside and the envelope. After I'd glued the strip of diagonal striped paper to the white panel I drew a line above it with a Night of Navy marker - a simple trick to get a neat, finished look! I then glued the white panel inside the card. I used a couple of fun stamps from the 'Custom Tee' stamp set to decorate the envelope flap.
As the sketch idea went down so well I set the ladies some homework! I've asked them to create a card using the layout. I think it will be really interesting to see the different interpretations!
Supplies for medallion card:
Stamps: SU! 'Frosted Medallions' & 'Birthday Blossoms' sets
CS: SU! Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay
Tools: SU! 1 3/4" & 2" circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals
Supplies for floral birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flower Shop', 'Petite Petals' & 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' sets, Stampendous 'Sending Wishes'
CS: SU! Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! 'Hexagons Dynamic' embossing folder, 'Pansy' & 'Petite Petals' punches, 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die set, flower shaper tool & moulding mat, water spritzer bottle
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals
Supplies for t-shirt birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Custom Tee' & 'Perfect Pairings' sets, Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Night of Navy & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Echo Park teal
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'T-shirt Builder' Framelits die set
Embellishments & accessories: silver nailheads, SU! Dimensionals