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The past two days the Turtles added a twist to shark week and introduced you to Mr. Whale. (here’s a link to yesterday’s post if you missed it. ) Today, whales are shark week’s twist.  I’ve created two cards using the same layout to show you how by changing the background and some of the non-essential elements you can completely change the look of a layout.

It starts with a Sketch

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Do you ever get stuck for card layout ideas? Then Card Making Sketches can get you over this creative block. These layouts can be used over and over again can make all the difference, and save you hours of head-scratching wondering what to do next. The sketch above is the basis for today’s two cards.

Whale Card Number 1

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This card utilizes the Whale of a time DSP and to add interest to the background, I glued some whales punched from vellum to the background and a “shadow” behind the stamped whale. I “cased” this background idea from page 94 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue. The Petal Pink Banner was also cased from the same card.

Whale Card Number 2

The Takeover of Shark Week with a Twist continues and this time whales are in the spotlight.- Learn how a simple sketch can be used to create fabulous different cards #sharkweek #whaledone #whale #cardmakingsketch #sketch #whaleofatimesuite #whaledone #stampinup #birthday #thecreativeEclectic #chrissyGraham #stampinupdemonstratoraustralia

As you can see even though I used the same basic sketch/layout this second card looks completely different from the first one.  A layer of vellum embossed the High Seas Embossing Folder (retired) was added over a balmy blue layer. The strip of vellum under the Calypso Coral heat embossed sentiment element was embossed with the Seabed Embossing Folder.   The Whale was stamped on smoky slate cardstock rather than basic white to add more interest.

Side  by Side

Here’s the two projects side by side

The Takeover of Shark Week with a Twist continues and this time whales are in the spotlight.- Learn how a simple sketch can be used to create fabulous different cards #sharkweek #whaledone #whale #cardmakingsketch #sketch #whaleofatimesuite #whaledone #stampinup #birthday #thecreativeEclectic #chrissyGraham #stampinupdemonstratoraustralia          The Takeover of Shark Week with a Twist continues and this time whales are in the spotlight.- Learn how a simple sketch can be used to create fabulous different cards #sharkweek #whaledone #whale #cardmakingsketch #sketch #whaleofatimesuite #whaledone #stampinup #birthday #thecreativeEclectic #chrissyGraham #stampinupdemonstratoraustralia

Both cards have a Pacific Point base and a Petal Pink banner stamped with Pacific Point ink. The Whale and sentiment across the middle of the card feature on both projects.

Who would have thought that a few small changes will make so much difference?

Don’t think you can’t use this sketch with other stamps – you totally can! In fact, I’d love to see how you use this sketch with products in your stash!

Well, that’s it for today!  Check back tomorrow for the return of the sharks. If you have any any questions about how to use skteches or any of the products used in these projects, comment below or use the contact me button at the top of the page.

Until next time… happy creating!

Chrissy

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