Freshly Made Sketches 500 & Color Throwdown 657

Freshly Made Sketches 500 & Color Throwdown 657


Hello friends! I didn't want to try to come up with a funny or corny title for this post as the card I am sharing was sent to a coworker who has cancer. I took extra care with it as I hope that it gives her reason to smile. I thought that it came out really well and am proud of it. As I was creating the card, I was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #500 and Color Throwdown Challenge #657.



Supplies used: 

  • Stamps: Honey Bee Stamp's Bloom, Simon Says Stamps Butterfly Kisses stamp set

  • Dies:  Concord &9th's Fresh Cut Florals Dies-edition 3, Simon Says Stamps Butterfly Kisses coordinating dies,  Gina K's Master Layout 2 set, Honey Bee Stamp's Bloom die set, Altenew's Leaf Mix Die set, Tim Holtz's Garden Greens dies, A2-sized stitched rectangular die

  • Paper: Yupo paper with green, blue and gold alcohol ink (as close as I had to turquoise) as well as more Yupo paper with red and gold aocohol ink, different green patterened papers, granite paper from Concord & 9th's Formals Foil Paper pack, white card stock, and a piece of cardstock that I had earlier colored with The Crafter's Workshop Poppy Field (small) Stencil and some Miami Vice Shimmering Bliss Spray from Technique Junkies

  • Ink: VersaFine Clair Ink in Morning Mist

  • Embossing powder: Ranger embossing powder in Holographic (sentiments) and Gold (butterfly)

  • Sprays: Miami Vice Shimmering Bliss Spray from Technique Junkies,
    Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz

  • Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set

  • Foam tape and liquid glue 

To make the card, I pulled out a few of the elements I already had in my stash from previous projects: the poppy background paper and the turquoise succulent/flower. I die cut out part of the blue and white poppy background paper with the larger rectangular die (the third largest die in the set). I decided to have the flower be visited by red butterflies to add red to the color challenge requirements, so pulled out the stamp and die set. I die cut both butterflies, and heat embossed some of the gold powder onto the top butterfly. I heat embossed both butterflies to melt the embossing powder but also to melt the Yupo paper a little so the wings of the butterflies curled up. I die cut out the two leaves for the flower and then sprayed them with both with the Frost spray and set them aside to dry.

I then stamped both of the smaller sentiments with some Morning Mist ink and heat embossed them with the Holographic embossing powder. Then I used both sizes of stitched flag dies from the Master Layout 2 set to cut out the two sentiments. (I had to extend the larger flag to accommodate the length of the bottom most sentiment.) Then I die cut out the main "bloom" sentiment 6 times: once with the granite foil paper and 5 more times with scrap cardstock for dimension. When I glued them together, I started by gluing three layers together, and then went back and trimmed the rest of the layers so that I only glued the last two letters o and m behind the sentiment so that when I eventually glued the sentiment down, it accommodated the extra layers behind the letters b, l and the first o. Then I die cut out a piece of white cardstock with the A2-sized rectangular die and then used the embossing folder to add some texture to the paper. 

To assemble the card, I added foam tape behind the blue poppy paper and added it to the card to mimic the sketch. I then glued the two leaves behind the flower and attached the whole thing to the blue poppy paper with foam tape. I added three sequins to the center of the flower. I then added the butterflies with more foam tape (in places one layer, and in some places two to help the butterflies stay level). Next, I added the main bloom sentiment with liquid glue and the two sentiment stitched flag dies with glue and foam tape. Three opal gems from Honey Bee Stamps were lined up on the bottom of the larger, bottom flag. To finish the card, I flicked gold splatters across the card and added the whole thing to a top-folding A2 sized cardbase with additional foam tape. 


 Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading!



  1. I love the beautiful colors you created for each die cut! Thank you for playing along with our 500th sketch celebration at Freshly Made Sketches.

  2. What a gorgeous card. So much to look at. Thank you for celebrating Sketch 500 with us at FMS!


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