Simple & Stepped Up | Sketch Starters #015 + Winner + New challenge

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Are you ready for a new Sketch Starter Challenge? As you might know, I host a monthly Sketch Starter Challenge GIVEAWAY each month. All you have to do is use one of the current sketches and upload or link to your project using a sketch. You could win a $15 gift certificate from Altenew!

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october 2020 sketch challenge winner

Of course, we can’t start a new challenge without announcing the winner of the previous challenge! I used a random number generator to select the winner. Drum roll please!

The winner is #1: Sue W.!!

Congratulations, Sue! Please email me ( with the subject line October 2020 Sketch Challenge Winner and I’ll have your $15 Altenew Gift Certificate emailed over.

Now, on to a new Sketch Starter and new challenge!

sketch #15

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start simple

For this duo, I wanted to show how I could use the same exact elements to create both a simple design and a stepped-up version. Just because a design is “simple” doesn’t mean it has to be plain. I chose a contrasting color scheme, focusing primarily on the yellows, with aqua as a supporting color. That’s the beauty of paper flowers, you can create any color scheme you like! Adding a soft glow behind the flowers keeps the simplicity, while adding just enough interest to move away from being plain.

Be sure to watch the video for my tips on curving the sentiment to match the curve in the banner!

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simple additions for a step-up

For the second take, I did three simple step-ups that really highlight the simple look, but add a little bit of texture and refinement to catch your eye.

The first step-up was adding embossing paste to the blended background. I used the Feeling Dotty stencil for the perfect texture. An interesting feature of the Altenew Embossing Paste is that it will take on the color that is underneath. Once dry, any of the dots that were in the aqua area took on an aqua hue. This helps it to blend into its surroundings for a more subtle look.

The second step up was adding clear embossing to the last layer of the flowers. It’s really simple if you’re using a stamp positioning tool. Just stamp the last color, then re-stamp that layer with embossing ink so the clear embossing powder will stick.

The last step-up was adding some sketchy detail to the banner. Adding a few flicks in the shaded areas helps give more movement to the banner. Simple!

sketch starters with nicole #015

Here’s the companion video that will walk you through creating both designs!

on to the latest challenge!

I have a $15 gift certificate to Altenew to give away to one lucky winner! I would love to see what you come up with using this latest sketch. The giveaway is open today through the month of September, so get out your craft supplies and enter in a project!

You can enter as many times as you like during the month. One winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. International entries welcome! The InLinkz will close at 11:59 US Central Time October 31st. Winner will be announced on November 5th during my Running with Scissors episode on YouTube.

You can choose from any of these sketches for your entries! When you’re ready, you can add your project in the linkup below, or head over to the Challenge Page to review the rules and linkup there!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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Simple & Stepped Up | Sketch Starters #015 + Winner + New challengeSimple & Stepped Up | Sketch Starters #015 + Winner + New challengeSimple & Stepped Up | Sketch Starters #015 + Winner + New challenge

1 Comment

  1. Inkin' Chickie

    Great video on the process. I like the two showings of the design and how it can go from a simple stamping to the touches to make it more complex. Hoping to work on this and share.


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