Saturday, August 18, 2012

Knowledge is the key - 2 challenges

Hello, it's Saturday and we have beautiful the mid 70's.  What a blessing! 
I'm sharing a card today that I made for a co-worker.  She's leaving to go back to school.  So, I wanted make a card and a bit of a gift, too.

I'm playing along in two challenges today.
The Play Date Cafe Challenge #145.  I loved these colors as soon as I saw the graphic, below.  And, seeing the book & that heart garland made with book print?  Yeah, that sealed the deal for me.  You'll see why.

RetroSketches rs#25.  I play along with their sketches every chance I get, because they're just fun!

I created these ~

A card and 2 coordinating bookmarks.  I already knew that I wanted to use my book print impression plate for this set...that's just one of the reasons that the PDCC graphic caught my eye.  I used the impression plate on both the card and the bookmarks.
If you click on any of the photos, I think you'll be able to see the words from the impression plate.  It's subtle, but really adds so much texture.
For the stamped keys behind the sentiment, I stamped off onto scratch paper once before stamping onto my panel.  On my first try it was just too dark.  I wanted a softer look, so that the sentiment wouldn't be overpowered. 
Oh, by the way, I used one end of a Spellbinder die to cut the top of my bookmarks.  It took a little experimenting, since I couldn't remember exactly how I've seen it done on a other blogs.  It wasn't too hard to figure out and I really like the results. 
I'll list my supplies below, but if you have any questions...let me know.

Thanks for taking a look!

card stock: white (PTI), really rust, going gray, more mustard (SU)
ink: more mustard, really rust, going gray (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
stamps: lock & key (PTI)
other: more mustard grosgrain ribbon (SU), lock & key dies, book print impression plate (PTI), labels six die (Spellbinders), vintage button, twine (from my stash)


  1. These are fantastic Susie! Do you know that I *need* a bookmark and have been 'meaning' to make one, thanks for the reminder and inspiration!

  2. Such thee perfect card and giftie....she'll love it! thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

  3. Wow! A perfect friendship card with bookmarks! Perfect take on the sketch, Susie! Your use of colors are perfect! Love those keys and sentiment...great job!

  4. Your card and book mark gift set are WONDERFUL! I loved the way you used the PDCC colors! Thank you for playing along this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  5. Way to combine challenges...AND book marks too? you overachiever. Your stamping is flawless.

  6. What a wonderful set, Susie! I love the keys and the sentiment! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe this week!

  7. adorable set!!!! Thanks for playing with us at the PDCC!!

  8. I love keys and you've used them perfectly on these. TFS!


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