Focus: Sketchy Cities America

Hey there, everyone!  Today we are featuring our Sketchy Cities America stamp set!



Design Inspiration:  Boston, Manhattan, skyscrapers

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I wanted to show a somewhat unconventional way to use the images in this set, so I stamped Boston onto white cardstock, then die cut circles from it.  I colored them in with Copic markers (please excuse the bit of smudging....I neglected to let the ink thoroughly dry!), then adhered them to my card base at varied levels using foam tape.  The black stripes are strips of cardstock, and the finishing touches include a sentiment and a white enamel dot.  I didn't feel as though my card was properly balanced, so I sliced about an inch off of the side- it worked like a charm!


I actually created this card from a formerly rejected watercolor experiment.  Last week, I painted the edge of some watercolor paper using shades of blue, green, and yellow, and it wasn't quite working for my project.  So I set it aside on my craft desk, where it stayed until I was able to give it new life last night through this card!  I simply stamped the New York skyline over the watercoloring, and mounted it to a black card base.   The sentiment is from Label Love, and I adhered it to the card with foam tape.  I love how these two stamp sets look together!


This card is loaded with dimension!  It's actually so thick that I think It won't even fit in a standard envelope!  I stamped the New York skyline onto blue, teal, and green cardstock, then selectively cut out different sections.  They were adhered together with foam tape- I love how each layer stands out!  The sentiment (from Super Script) is embossed in white.


Tasnim wanted to keep things simple to let the skyline image shine- she started by stamping the New York skyline onto white cardstock in black ink.  Then, she jazzed things up with gold splatter- I love how elegant, yet edgy it looks!  It's a cool contrast :)  Finally, the sentiment was embossed in white onto a lovely shimmery gold vellum.  Gorgeous!


Thank you so much for stopping by, and we can't wait to see what you create with Sketchy Cities America!

Comment on this post (16 comments)

  • Drider says...

    Thanks, Kath! My challenge blog roll is gntiteg almost as long as my other blogroll!! And I have only yet once completed a challenge outside of the Trimcraft forum! Not sure I will be able to resist this one, though.. Penny Black stamps are my faves.. next to my Rhonna Farrer flourishes, of course!! ;o)Heather xx

    March 13, 2015

  • Irina says...

    c5e5e5h se5 vackert kort med me5nga fina blmomor och detaljer!! :)Se5 tre5kigt att du har data problem, hoppas det lf6ser sig snart.Ha en skf6n fortse4ttning pe5 dagen och ha en trevlig vecka den som kommer min ve4n!Kramar fre5n Lena

    March 08, 2015

  • Cris G. says...

    Love the look of sketched images… they are so difficult for me to do because I usually go with the very realistic style when drawing something, I can’t free my hand to make something like this… but I adore the kind of loose lines seen on Urban Sketchers, for example, the same kind of these skylines. The first card is my favorite, I love that Jen has stamped a few details in circles.

    May 19, 2014

  • kmatel says...

    It is a shape you focus on a stamp that is npot available and there is nothing posted when it will be available

    great stamp and cards

    May 18, 2014

  • Mary-Anne V. says...

    This is a great skyline stamp and I like how you stamped them in the circles on the first.

    May 17, 2014

  • Judy McMullen says...

    Cool city scapes! How about creating one for Seattle?!!

    May 17, 2014

  • Sarah G says...

    Wonderful cards – the cities look amazing whether treated with colour or in black and white! I have got a wish list for when things arrive back in stock :)

    May 17, 2014

  • Hazel Hodgkins says...

    Just awesome! Love the impact of a good skyline! It’s brilliant when something so intricately detailed can pack a powerful CAS punch!

    May 16, 2014

  • Shona Chambers says...

    Wow, so many different ways to use one set..your amazing! I really like the card where you cut the image into 3 circles, I think its genius!!!

    May 16, 2014

  • MaxMak says...

    Bought this stamp the instant I saw it. Love the creativity from what looks at first glance as a one type of use stamp.

    May 16, 2014

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