Freshly Made Sketches 255

Wow! It’s Friday! We had a nice day at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store. I worked on some projects and Renee rearranged things! She does that every once in a while. My Parent’s stopped in for a visit which is always fun! After work I stopped home and chanegd into jeans before heading over to Heather’s. She had some pizza and a glass of wine waiting for me, she’s the best! Stephanie came by and we left to go to the Softball game. We had a nice time even if they did loose. We laughed and I chased Stephanie around the field! Here is a picture of the three of us on the bleachers…


We look like we are having fun don’t we?! Today I have to get a little more organized at the store, I have started to create piles on my desk and that is never a good thing!

I have a bunch of new Hero Arts goodies from the last release that are just begging to be played with so I used one of them for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge…


My card base is Ivory 110lb Card Stock. For the background I heat embossed the script from the Hero Arts Vintage Post Stamp & Cut Combo Set in Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder onto a piece of Black 110lb. It’s adhered to the card with Black Fun Foam and E-Z Runner. My cardinal, poinsettia and pine cones, all from the same set, are all double stamped onto Arches 140lb Watercolor Paper in Hero Arts Intense Black using my Mini MISTI. The pine branch and holly are stamped in Hero Arts Pine Hybrid. I used Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Mowed Lawn and Gathered Twigs Distress and a Waterbrush to color them in. They are all cut out with the Coordinating Dies and adhered to the card with Black 3D Foam Squares and Dot Runner Adhesive. My greeting is from the same set and is heat embossed in more Brass onto a piece of Chinese Red and adhered with more Black 3D Foam Squares. Yup, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Rose Gold, Concord & 9th Birthday Bash Mix and Christmas Mix Sequins to the card to give it a little bling! I love that Vintage Post Set, so many nice images, great for collage cards! I hope that you enjoyed my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge! Thanks for visiting me today! Have a fun Friday! 🙂


Products used:

Stamp Set: Vintage Post Stamp & Die Combo (Hero Arts)

Ink: Intense Black and Pine Hybrid (Hero Arts) Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Mowed Lawn and Gathered Twigs Distress (Ranger-Tim Holtz)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Brass (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Ivory and Black 110lb (Recollections) Chinese Red (My Colors)

Specialty Paper: Arches 140lb Watercolor

Dies: Vintage Post Stamp & Cut Combo (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Rose Gold, Concord & 9th Birthday Bash Mix and Christmas Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner (Home & Hobby), Dot Runner (Tombo) 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Artisan X-plorer (Spellbinders), Heat Tool (Hero Arts), Mini MISTI, Crystal Katana and Fun Foam

15 Replies to “Freshly Made Sketches 255”

  1. Very nice card Justin. I like everything about this card . . . the different colored sequins you picked out, the gold and the coloring too.

  2. You are killing my wallet, Justin! I haven’t even inked up the Hero Arts cardinal that I got at Stamp, Ink, Paper and now I am lusting for this set! Gorgeous card! This winter card goes into my Top 10 favorites– right along with yesterday’s autumn card!

    1. LOL! Sorry Linda! Thank you so much! I like the cardinal in the other set too but I think the elements in this set are fun! 🙂

  3. One of your best! The intensity of the colors is gorgeous. Love your tableau too. You always sound like you have so much fun with friends and family. I am so glad you have fun going to work too. What stamper wouldn’t enjoy what you do?! Have a Wonderful Weekend! Hugs, Nancy B

    1. Thank you very much Nancy! I think that a black background really makes things pop! I do have a lot of fun with my friends and family! And yes, my job is pretty awesome too! You have an awesome weekend! Hugs to you! 🙂

  4. Beautiful….Cardinals are my favorite

    LOL, no photos necessary, I believe you are starting to build piles everywhere.

    Thanks for the email and invoice, YES I NEED! LOl. I have just gotten home from a long ight of scrapbooking with my BFF. I will pay invoice tomorrow. Thank you so much!!!!!

    1. Thank you Linda! I love cardinals too!
      He he! Yes, there are piles all over! Need to get and organize them, package them and get them into the store!
      You are welcome! Thank you!! Yay for your scrapbooking with your friend!! 🙂

  5. Hi Justin,
    I just love this card!! I love birds – especially cardinals. All the gold and black and sequins…. awesome!

    1. Hi Gerri!
      Thank you!! Cardinals are lovely birds! I love it watercolored! Hope that you are enjoying your weekend! 🙂

  6. I love that you have a picture to go along with your fabulous stories!! Your card is lovely. The black background is a great backdrop to the cardinal and greenery. I love the brass embossing and the sprinkling of sequins. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

    1. Thanks so much Kim! I love to use black on a card, I think it really helps make the elements that you want to pop! Have a great week! 🙂

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