Saturday, November 5, 2016

Virginia's View Challenge #25 Stripes and Plaids

I am excited to be the Guest Designer today over at Virginia's View Challenge
The theme this month is stripes and plaids - how fun is that?! 
There are so many ways you can go with this challenge, but I finally decided I wanted to create my own plaid using a stencil.  It was way easier than I thought!
I learned a lot along the way:
1)  There are many ways to create a stencil.  I used the straw die from MFT's Cool Cup Die-namics.  Even if you don't have a stripe stencil, you might find something with straight lines in your stash. 

2)  I needed a way to keep my lines straight.  I have used a 12x12 see-through quilt ruler since I started scrapbooking fifteen years ago (grid paper would also work well for this). 

I taped the panel on the diagonal and created the stripes using the vertical and horizontal ruler lines. 
I used a finger dauber and Distress Ink to create the stripes

I also used a ruler and a marker to make thinner lines.

3)  Since I just used regular weight cardstock to create my stencil, I learned that I needed to change out the stencil once it became too saturated with ink.  You can see on one of the red stripes below that it was time to change the stencil!  The line did not stay crisp (not a bad look, though, for another project).
This plaid design worked well as a backdrop for these adorable pups!  They were a Stamptember exclusive for Simon Says Stamp from Art Impressions called Terrier Stackers.  So adorable!!  I used the MISTI to stamp them on kraft cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I stamped them several times to get a nice, dark impression.  I colored them with Copics and used a white Gelly Roll pen to whiten their eyes.  I gave them a Christmas spin by adding a Santa hat to the top dog, and heat embossing a sentiment to reflect the scene.  The hat is from MFT's Jingle All the Way.  It is one of the Santas' hats with the brim trimmed down to fit the dog.  I drew a slit on the hat and cut and colored an extra ear for the dog so it could "poke" through the hat.  The sentiment is from MFT's Gift Tag Greetings.  The dogs were then partially fussy cut and the panel was popped up with fun foam overlapping the plaid panel.

I really hope this encourages you to try this technique.  There are so many ways to change it up with different widths, patterns, and color combinations!

Supplies Used:
Stamps - SSS/AI Stamptember Exclusive Terrier Stackers,  MFT Jingle All the Way (hat, altered), MFT Gift Tag Greeting (Sentiment)
Dies - MFT Die-namics LLD Cool Cup (straw used to make plaid stripes)
Ink - Distress Ink Fired Brick and Spun Sugar, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Markers - Sakura White Gelly Roll, Zig Writer Spring Green, Prisma Brush Tip, Copic Multiliner 0.3,
Copics - E30,31,33,35,37,39, R22,24,27,32,35, Y04, YG 06,09, C00,1, W00,1,3
Paper - Neenah Solar White 110lb. (card base), white panel and kraft cardstock are scraps of unknown origin
Tools and Extras - MISTI, Omnigrid rulers, SSS Fine Detail White embossing powder, brown fun foam

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you will stop over to see me at Virginia's View Challenge blog and play along in the challenge.  I would love to see what you create!  Have a wonderful day!

Addition:  Entering the SSS Flickr Challenge #58 - Thanks, Barb, for the head's up!

Kara Lynne


  1. Congrats with the GD spot at Virginia's view!
    Your plaid looks fantastic and your card adorable!

  2. This is adorable Kara! The plaid is lovely and the dogs are so cute with the Santa hat. The colouring is great on the Kraft card and surgery with the hat and the ear is so creative. Congrats on your GDT spot too💐

  3. Absolutely fabulous!! Your attention to detail really paid off with your beautiful plaid and those pups are fantastic!! Wonderful card and amazing colouring! Congrats on your GD spot too!

  4. What a cool idea and cool card too!

  5. Kara Lynne thanks SO much for sharing this method! You are amazing, and I adore pink and red together! and I LOve your stack of puppies!
    =] Michele

  6. Congrats on being a GD. Your card is -again- brilliant. Your plaid looks perfect. ( Thanks for the tutorial!) and your colouring is stunning. Your card is amazing!

  7. Oh my...those stacked puppies are just adorable Kara Lynne, and absolutely LOVE your stenciled plaid!! I will definitely have to give that a try! And congrats on being GD...totally deserved!! :0)

  8. Awesome card with the plaid and the stacked pile of CUTE!!!

  9. These pups are so fantastic Kara, and your choice of design and colours for your plaid is perfect!

  10. Whoop whoop! Congrats on being guest designer and on rocking this card! Your plaid is awesome and those pooches are the cutest little guys ever. Love this!

  11. wohooo congrats on being GDT my dear
    your card is stunning
    I adore the coloring and the Plaid and the tutorial
    oh you made it looks like so easy but its not I know
    I love that red looks so tidy
    Kara I am sorry was absence cause busy looking for a new job and my son has Operation too at his nose
    Kara if you have time to see my Blog I would be so happy
    Biig hugs
    PS: Try to catch up now I know some ladies got no notify if I leave comment on their email :(( thats why I tell you :) will leave you some love on next post...see you soon

  12. Congrats on guesting!! Your card is SO MUCH FUN!!! Love that stack of naughty little pups!!

  13. I never could get the first photos to load, but the stacked pups and your tutorial on plaid making was fabulous! Adorable card!!!

  14. Congratulations on guest designing, Kara!! Your card is adorable and thank you so much for the photo tute on how you (magically!) created your own plaid PP! (Just FYI, the first two photos in your post didn't publish.) Hugs, Darnell

  15. Congratulations on your GD spot with Virginia, Kara! What a cute stack of pooches ... they're so fun against your amazing plaid! Thanks for the great tutorial! Hugs, Anita :)

  16. My sincere thanks to you, Kara Lynne! Your work is absolutely awesome and inspiring! I am so happy that you are our guest designer for "Stripes & Plaid"! I really appreciate your informative tutorial! I love the super creative approach to the paid design! Your card is SO adorable and festive. Hugs!!!

  17. This is over the top fabulous. Just love all your incredible dogs, so stinkin' clever!

  18. super fun card, kara!!! your coloring is outstanding... love the fun little pups!!

  19. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous take on the challenge, Kara! I love how you created your plaid and your puppies are absolutely adorable!!! Beautiful Copic coloring, too!

  20. This is absolutely precious, Kara Lynne! Love those plaid stripes, and your fussy-cut pooches are too, stinkin' cute!

  21. So much work but what a wonderful result! I love the unexpected mix of the browns and the pups with the pink plaid!