Hello there and a happy Saturday to you! Welcome to this week's Paper Craft Crew Mid-Week Inspiration!

I would love to thank my fellow DT member, Mr. Rick Adkins for filling in for me last week. We will be tag-teaming it a lot. California is on fire, like burning fire, and not in a good way. This is my 2nd one in 6 weeks.

Today I made my 2nd Christmas card of the season using the Stampin' Up! Star of Light and Starlight Thinlits Dies. I love this fabulous 10% off bundle. There are so many images and sentiments. This is another perfect year-round product suite. 

I'm really into gold, rose gold, pink and black right now and this card definitely reflects that. I even broke out my sewing machine and added some lovely gold stitching to adhere my banners to the card. Do you think I should have added 3 gold sequins around the same area that the sketch shows us? Do you think it would be too much? If so, what color? I'd love to hear your answer. As I was writing up this blog post and looking at my card, I had every intention of adding them, but just forgot. 

I wanted to chat about sketch interpretation today. With our sketches, they are a jumping off point, but the rest is left up to your imagination while keeping your final project recognizable to the sketch. There are a lot of great elements on this week's sketch, such as the visual triangle rule of odds sequins, twine or thread behind the sentiment banners, washi tape, star and the 2 strips of card stock. 

Your sequins could be small buttons or any other embellishment, like rhinestones or pearls. In my card to mimic the twine, I used a stamp instead and added machine-stitched detail to my banners. I used 3 banners since my card is fairly monochromatic and I needed to break up the gold. The perfect way to do that is by using vellum or acetate. I also have several retired items on my card too. Again, if I like something, I keep it as I know my investment will pay off with years of use. I will write a separate post about knowing what to keep as it retires. I chose last year's Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack. The gold circle in the vellum coordinates perfectly with the star and dot swirl image in Star of Light that was heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The vellum also ties the card together while breaking up the gold a bit allowing you to see all of the gold elements that I chose for my card. I also used the gold glitter tape and washi tape from last year too. The Brushed Gold Card Stock was perfect to use with the Gold Foil Card Stock and glitter. It toned down the bling factor yet worked cohesively with my card. I layered on 4 different stars from the Starlight Thinlits Dies of first using the open-faced large star with Gold Foil, Brushed Gold, Gold Foil and then Gold Glimmer Card Stock for the smallest star. My star dies were meant to layer perfectly together and they did. I had a hard time not wanting to top the star off with a little something. My favorite part of my card is my banners and gold machine stitch detail. It looks like a lot of time went into this card, but it took less than 30 minutes. The majority of the time was spent die-cutting. 

One thing I like to do too is to look in the catalog to see how I can mix and match products together. I found the perfect banner die-cut in the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies. I just trimmed the banner ends to get mine staggered.

I hope that you enjoy my card today and we look forward to your participation in our challenge. I have a full supply list of products that I used below. 

Also, many of the retired items that I used are in the Clearance Rack at 60% off! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today to visit us and God bless. Have a great weekend!







Versamark Pad



Embossing Buddy



Gold Foil Sheets



Brushed Gold 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock



Big Shot



Stampin' Trimmer



Simply Scored



Bone Folder



Glue Dots



Heat Tool



Mid-Week Inspiration + Sketch Interpretation #211

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