Lovely Elephant

Following a sketch

Have you ever followed a card sketch? I bet you have, even if you don’t realize it! If you’ve copied another card, or copied the layout of a card, you’ve followed a sketch. Most of us have done this, especially early on, when we were first introduced to stamping. It’s a great way to learn and to create gorgeous cards without knowing anything about ink and rubber.

There’s another fun way of copying great layouts. There are websites that are dedicated to producing wonderful layouts, also called sketches. One of these sites is called the Paper Craft Crew (

My card for today (and every Wednesday) follows the sketch from this site. I am one of the designers for the Paper Craft Crew, which is fun since I get to see the sketches early!

I love following sketches because when well done, you learn from them. They take your stamping to the next level because the cards are balanced in their layouts. Below is the sketch for the Paper Craft Crew sketch #210 (PCC#210).


You can see balance in the sketch at the top, with the banner and ribbon. There are also several layers on the sketch, which adds interest to a card.

Watercoloring using the Loads of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

As you can see in my picture, you don’t have to follow a sketch exactly. For example, my sentiment is higher up then is shown in the sketch. Also, I used a doily for the round layer.

I encourage you to follow sketches! They are fun and you can learn so much! After you follow a sketch, you put a picture of your card onto the sketch website and it’s fun to see the comments people leave on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, you can link to Facebook, Pinterest, wherever you have a digital copy of your card.

Creating the Card

This card was created exactly opposite of my norm. I usually start with a stamp set, and then pick my colors, paper, etc. This time I designed the entire card (I even glued the layers down) and then decided on a stamp set! I picked the cute Elephant from Loads of Love because I thought gray would go nicely with the dark blues shown in the card.

Watercoloring using the Loads of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I stamped the image in archival black ink onto a scrap piece of Shimmery White cardstock. Using an aquapainter, I then watercolored the elephant using Smokey Slate ink and the mouse using Early Espresso ink. The paper looked like it needed a little something else, so I grabbed some Emerald Envy and watercolored a little grass under the animals. So cute!

The card came together FAST because of the sketch – so that’s always a plus.

I hope you give sketches a try! If you have a favorite sketch site, leave a note in my comments! I love a good sketch.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Loads of Love
Paper: Moroccan DSP, Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon
Ink: Archival Black, Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy
Other: Delicate Doilies, Brights Enameled Dots

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