In the Moment – What a Beautiful Day

Our current challenge at HANDSTAMPED SENTIMENTS (#377) is a Sketch Challenge.

Today is a lovely sunny and warm day here in South Carolina.  Even though the Autumn colors are gorgeous at the moment, I just couldn’t bring myself to create for the current season, nor the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving or Christmas.  So, I chose to make a Birthday card. 

The sketch circle maybe interpreted as a wreath but I selected to use the circle for my focal image.

I do I hope you decide to join us and I look forward to seeing what you will create!

Here is the result:



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Basic Black cardstock.
  • Split Background Panel: (4” x 5¼”) Two Black and White pattern pieces from the Hostess Pattern Party Designer Series Paper pack.  Left and Right sides cut (2¾” x 4”) and (¾” x 4”) with the Center piece cut (1½” x 4”)
  • Sentiment Label: (3⅛” x ¾”) Basic White cardstock.  The truncated sentiment, What A Beautiful Day, from the upcoming Jan – Jun 2022 Mini Catalog stamp set Blessings of Home was stamped in Versamark ink and heat-set with Black Embossing Powder.  The Label was hand flagged with Paper Snips.
  • Focal Image – Girl with Wine: (2⅝”) Basic White cardstock.  The Girl with Wine image is also a sneak peek from the upcoming Jan – Jun 2022 Mini Catalog stamp set In the Moment.  Several Techniques were employed to create this scene. (1) Fussy Cutting: The image was stamped on to another Black and White piece of patterned paper from the Pattern Party DSP pack with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The Dress and the Hat were then cut out and set aside.  (2) Masking: The image was stamped again on to a piece of Basic White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Using a Fluid Masking Medium, the Railing, Wineglass, Arms and Hair were masked with a small utility paint brush.  The Fluid dries to create a thin layer of protection that can be easily rubbed off when masking is complete.  (3) Sponging: Using Sponge Daubers, Balmy Blue, Pale Papaya, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake inks were lightly sponged over the Masking to create the Sky, Horizon and Ground. (4) Coloring: Once the Masking Layer was removed, the image was colored with Stampin’ BlendsWine – Cherry Cobbler, Hair – Cinnamon Cider and Arms – Ivory.  I left the railing White.  (5) Paper Piecing: The cut Dress and Hat were pieced in to place over the colored image.  Shading was added with the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend and lastly, (6) Die-Cutting: The completed image was die-cut with the (2⅝”) circle die from the Layering Circles Dies set.
  • Circle Accent Mat: (2⅞”) Basic Black cardstock also die-cut with the next sized up Layering Circle Die.

All of the pieces were added to the card base to resemble the sketch.  I chose to tuck the sentiment label under the popped up (with Dimensionals) focal image instead of over because I did not want to cover the bottom of the scene I created.

What better way to celebrate a beautiful day and a precious friend’s birthday than with a glass of wine?  I am in!

Two additional Theme Challenges: Time Out (#200) and Seize The Birthday (#227) This card fits…

I hope you like my interpretation of the Sketch.  Cannot wait to see what you will make! 

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

Need a card? Ask me and I can create one for you.  Want the supplies to create your own, let me know and I can help you with that too!

Like this card? Want to make one similar?
I would LOVE to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you live in the United States, you can order your paper crafting supplies from my on-line store.  It is so easy. THANK YOU!

If you choose to shop with me today, please use HOSTESS CODE: GKVF4FKZ (November 2021) if you spend less than $150.00.

Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

6 thoughts on “In the Moment – What a Beautiful Day

  1. Love your card, Jolanda! The two backgrounds look fabulous with that great image! Thanks for playing along at Seize the Birthday and for using the topping!


  2. What a lovely image! Beautifully colored and love that background paper too. Very artsy…and wine. 🙂 Thanks so much for playing (and drinking!) with us at the Seize the Birthday blog Jolanda!

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  3. The combination of the different black and white backgrounds is stunning and let’s the beautiful coloured image pop so beautiful! A beautiful card! This is such a sweet and festive card; a joy to look at! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

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