I'll be honest: I love making cards, but sometimes the logistics (yikes! That's a math-sounding word!) of where to put different elements can slow me down. The GREAT thing about sketches is that someone's already been the logistical genius for you! You still have a blank canvas (creatively speaking), but it's a blank canvas with oomph, with an outline, with direction. A sketch gives your brain a break and leaves you free to simply make it pretty.
So without further ado (though I've already thrown in plenty of ado), here is the first card I created for SOUS:
And here is the sketch that I was given to create it from. It's designed by Sandi, who is one of SOUS's Designers/Co-Creators (and quite brilliant, I might add):
SUCH an inspiring sketch! It was very easy to build from!
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Prima
Die cuts/punches: Thread card (Papertrey Ink), 3D flower (Sizzix), butterflies (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments: yarn, vintage tape measure, ribbon, flowers (Prima), twigs (Holiday Inspirations)
Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Tim Holtz, Colorbox
As listed in the supplies, the "twig sprig" is from Holiday Inspirations. When I bought it, it was a clump of brown twigs with white buds, which was snowy and winter-esque, but didn't work for this card. So I simply rubbed some pink ink onto the white buds to achieve the "Spring" look I wanted. Always helps to have season-changing techniques up your sleeve!
I'm excited to be a member of SOUS Design Team and I'm telling you-- if you're looking for a blog that never ceases to provide plenty of sketches and amazing examples of those sketches in use, check out SOUS!