Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #145: Unlock Your Future

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It's Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge time, again! This week is our judged challenge with a twist: use die cut(s).  Stamping Scrapping is our generous sponsor, and our own Kathy Curry has come up with a fantastic sketch for this challenge.

I'm using the CR84FN53 color palette of pink, aqua, and neutral:

My niece is graduating from high school this month, and I wanted to make her a card, but I wanted it to be something soft and feminine, rather than academically-themed. 
I turned the sketch sideways, and made it rectangular rather than square. Then, I layered several different die cuts, sponging Distress Ink on the edges for a vintage look, and topped it off with a lock stamp from Our Craft Lounge. I used a deckle ruler to tear the edges of the stamped layer, cut the lock openings with a craft knife, then further distressed it with ink. I used a brick design embossing folder for the bg paper, which I sewed along the edges before adhering to the card base.

Here's a peek at the inside:

The "unlock" sentiment is one I created in Word, printed onto a transparency, then rubbed onto the cs. I used three different Our Craft Lounge stamp sets for the key, flourish, and congrats sentiment (they're listed below). 

Okay! Ready to play? Well, head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog, where you'll find all the rules, the linking tool, and lots of fab inspiration by the rest of the DT! Then get all creative with your own project--remember this is our judged challenge! I can't wait to see what you create!

I'll be entering this card in these challenges:
CR84FN Color Challenge 53: Pink, Aqua, Neutral
Great Impressions Rubber Stamps Challenge #3: Anything Goes
The Emerald Fairies Challenge #23: Anything Goes

Stamps: Under Lock & Key, Say It Big, In Flight (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper: Cafe Mediterranean (DCWV); Love Next (My Mind's Eye); Just Chillin' (Making Memories); kraft cs
Ink: Distress Ink; Memento
Dies: Fair Isle Pendant, Ironwork Accents, Bird Flourishes (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Scallop Dot Edge Punch (Martha Stewart); Bricked embossing folder (Sizzix); ribbon (Michaels); Stickles; Enamel Accents; sewing thread; foam dots
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Cheryl! I love the color combo and vintage style! Wonderful details!

Unknown said...

Wow this is definitely feminine Cheryl what a stunning card and such a fabulous bow Hugs Elaine

Maria said...

Very pretty and feminine! Great use of dies and lock stamp! Am sure your niece will love this gorgeous card, take care, hugs!!:-))

Stacy Morgan said...

very pretty and feminine. I like the sketch that you used with this too.

Angela said...

I'm loving the vintage flair here...so pretty!

Shannon White said...

Wowzers Miss Cheryl! This is so Beautiful! Love the Wonderful lacy edges and die cuts! they all layer so Wonderfully together! And the flourishes and Fab bow are such Perfect touches too! Love this lady! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CR84FN! 8-)

Sue Lelli said...

Cheryl, LOVE how you made the lock on the outside with the key and FAB sentiment on the inside! LOVE the brick embossing and the distressing and the stitching! GREAT card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Kathy said...

So pretty, feminine and elegant! Your niece will love it. Really like all the details inside, too.

Dawn said...

So beautiful Cheryl! Love the distressed look. Great graduation cards.

Jessica G. said...

Beautiful combination of dies cuts -- so soft and elegant! Wonderful coordination with inside sentiment, too!!

Debbie said...

What a beautiful card!! I love the colors and the die cuts!!

Jenny said...

What an original idea...very creative! Love the shabby chic look! So glad you joined us at Great Impressions Stamps!

Pauline said...

Stunning! Lovely mix of papers and fabulous die cuts!
Thanks for joining us at CR84FN this week!

Angela said...

Love the card - great idea using the key holes on front and the key inside!

So glad you could join us in our May Challenge - Anything Goes! - at Great Impressions Stamps!

Shelby said...

Great take on the sketch. Love all of the different textures you've used combined with different shapes. Makes for a gorgeous design.


Melissa Craig said...

Super gorgeous! The colors are so soft and romantic. You're so awesome!

Shanna Shands said...

I love the colors and all the cutouts used to make you card. The ribbon is wonderful. Thanks for playing along with Great Impressions.