Friday, June 13, 2014

Poppy Sketch.......with a pop of pattern

I'm entering the Poppy Sketch challenge for the first time.  Their requirement of using something harlequin (translation to me "argyle") made me remember this extra panel I colored recently for the Father's Day challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog.  I had been seeing so many lovely examples, mostly from Karen, using embossing folders that have been inked first to make backgrounds, that one day I pulled out a bunch of folders that I thought would work for this technique (thanks so much, Audrie!) and had a fun day inking them to see what I'd get.  This main panel was one that I put away for future, and I didn't think it would be used so soon, but I'm thrilled to have another play with it.  Here's the sketch we are to use:

and here's what I did:

Poppy Sketch Harlequin

supplies: white, faded jeans, and peeled paint Core'dinations Distress cardstocks, Darice's Argyle embossing folder, faded jeans and peeled paint distress markers, Hero Arts Upperclass Alphabet dies, stamped sentiment from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold, and the Happy, Hero Arts Navy ink, American Crafts blue grosgrain ribbon

I trimmed my argyle panel, framed it up in faded jeans and peeled paint papers, then added it to the card base, following the sketch.  There seemed to me to be way too much white space to the right, until I added that "bow tie" ribbon, which served to somehow pull everything together!

Thanks for visiting today, and for your kind comments.


  1. Well done, Lin! Your watercolor look with the Distress Inks and embossing folder is awesome! What a HANDSOME card! Please tell Denny that we wish him a Happy Father's Day! HUGS!

  2. This is wonderful Lin~such a great technique!

  3. Very pretty,Lin. The softness of the Distress Colors and the sentiment you chose just seem to be perfect . You're right, the blue ribbon brings everything together.

  4. This is such a sweet card, perfect for dad! Thanks for playing at Poppy Sketches!

  5. Great masculine design! Love the look of the background made from the inked embossing folder. Thanks for joining us at Poppy Sketches!

  6. Awesome Father's Day card! I LOVE the results of the technique you used to create the harlequin panel!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Poppy Sketches!

  7. What an amazing and perfect masculine card!! Love that harlequin bg!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Poppy Sketches!

  8. oh love this! Thanks for playing along...

  9. Lin, this is wonderful!
    Thanks for joining us at Poppy Sketches!


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