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MFT Sketch Challenge 364

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous day with your family and friends! Thank you for choosing to spend some of it with me, I truly appreciate it!

I took the plunge this week, and used some of my alcohol ink panels to create some cards. I was really suffering from a creative block, I think a hangover from all of the Christmas cards. I took an afternoon to make some more alcohol ink panels, just to create something. I still feel like a one trick pony with alcohol ink, but I think I”m ok with that 🙂 I don’t need to be an alcohol ink artist, I just need to make pretty backgrounds!

ok, enough about my creative ennui, on to the challenge! Here is the sketch for this week:

And, here is my card:


I used MFT’s Mod Rectangles to cut out a base panel from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. Then I took the Mod Squares and cut out four squares from a purple alcohol ink panel and added it to the  white base with foam tape.

I decided to use images and sentiments from MFT’s Cool Cats set, and grabbed the princess cat I had previously colored with Copic markers. I add the kitty to the squares with Scor-Tape and a little bit of foam tape. The sentiment from the set was stamped on more Neenah cardstock, with MFT’s Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I cut a stripe out of MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock with the larger sentiment strip and layered the two strips together. I adhered the sentiment to the card base with foam tape.

For the card base I used Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender. I added clear Wink of Stella to the cat’s necklace to finish the card off. I decided to keep it simple (a trend I am trying out right now). Despite what you see from my Instagram feed, adding jewels and sequins does not come naturally to me. I usually add them a couple hours after I finish a card, or because I feel like I am supposed too.

I love the color variations in the sections of alcohol ink panel I die cut. This panel wasn’t so great on it’s own, but pieces of it were gorgeous. It’s almost like marble. I’m going to continue to work the panels into my card making, now that I have gotten over the initial stress of cutting them up. Well, honestly, I’m still only cutting up the panels I feel were “duds” on their own. I still have a few panels I can’t bring myself to touch.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!!





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