witticisms by Jess Witty

April 07, 2010

A Go-to Confession

I have a confession to make. You see this? In my house, that is what we affectionately refer to as My First Cover. With capital letters. Yup. Only took 5 years. I kid you not. I have to say, I've been extraordinarily lucky in paper crafting. The first two cards I ever submitted to Paper Crafts appeared in the Stamping Royalty section one fall and it's been all good since then. But the cover... it's always eluded me. And so... I really like this one. It means a lot. Can you tell? {My card is the tall Congratulations card, by the way. A little funny to me seeing as how this issue is being released smack in the middle of my family's big move to a new house!} And the fact that it is THIS cover... on the issue that was my first big project with Paper Crafts and with my Go-to friends... well, that's just icing on the proverbial paper-crafted cake. It's sweet. Very, very sweet.

Thank you for all of your sweet comments yesterday!

I thought it would be fun to show you the card my sketch from yesterday was originally based on. Here's the sketch again...

and I don't think it will be hard for you to see that I took it directly from this card that I made shortly before the idea for the sketch book came about.

And, I thought you might also like to see one of my personal favorites from the issue...

This card was based on one of Teri's sketches and I love the sketch because it is *so* Teri! I used a Recollections brand stamp set (the brand manufactered by Michael's) and I chose it because it is so completely different than anything I already owned. I totally love the bold comic book sentiments.

It might look a little complicated, but I'm tellin' ya... this card is SUPER! simple. {Get it? Super!}

I cut one yellow panel and one red panel in the same size as the card front. One full panel for each. Then I laid the panels down on my cutting mat, one directly on top of the other. I drew light pencil lines with a ruler where I wanted the rays to be, then cut both panels at once with my craft knife and metal ruler. Doing both panels at one time is the key. {You also need to make sure that you have an even number of panels so that the colors will alternate correctly.} Then you just start at a corner and glue a panel down to the card. Then pick up the other color for the next panel. In the end, you'll be able to do 2 cards. Sweet, right?

All righty, folks... thanks for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with even more Go-to Sketches goodness with all of my fellow Go-to Gals!

14 comments:

Lori Craig said...

Congrats, sweet pea! :)

Chelle (hanwayink) said...

congrats on your first cover!!

iScrapNxs said...

Loved your post - too funny! Congrats on your first cover! It's cute seeing one of the pros get giddy, and rightly so. Don't have my copy of the special edition yet, but I absorbed my May issue of PC mag from the mailbox yesterday, and you gave me much inspiration! Thx!!

lillianchild said...

SUPER cover design - and ver deserving - your art rocks!

Kathy W said...

Congrats on making the cover. Thanks for the tip on how to make that very cool alternating color ray card. I love this!

Jenn Copeland said...

Very cool cards! Thanks for the instructions on your Super! card! You are a hoot! Congratulations on your first cover!

mary said...

Congratulations! A COVER, WOW! You did awesome!
mks

Jenn Greeley said...

Fab pic! Congratulations! I have my copy and I'm loving it! I read that your in Texas...I am too! Where, if you don't mind me asking?

NatQuebec said...

Congrats !

Charlene Austin said...

It happens to be one of the most gorgeous covers ever!! I can't wait to get my copy and see it all in person.

Brooke said...

Congrats on your first cover! Can't wait to get a closer look at your congratulations card.

And your other card from today, well that's just super = )

jen said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I know, not at all original- but the sentiment is so true! I can't even imagine the thrill of having something you've created ON.THE.COVER!!!!!
Fun cards you shared today- and great tip on the rays!

Sharon Harnist said...

Oh, WOW -- congratulations, sweetie!! I always knew you were destined for fame!!

Sylvia said...

Such a unique colored card. Fun Hop so many unique ideas. Great Job. Thanks and Congratulations on being a "Cover Girl"