MFT sketch challenge #400

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a card I made for the latest sketch challenge over on the My Favorite Things challenge blog. Sketch #400! Check it out below:

I’ve been wanting to play with The Greatest Show stamp set for awhile. Now, I’ve never actually seen the movie that inspired this set (gasp, I know!) – I tried to watch it on the plane home from Amsterdam this summer and I just couldn’t do it. I have a hard time with musical movies. There. I said it. Please don’t hate me.


Ahem. The stamp set evokes that vintage circus vibe, which, while I’m not a big fan of circuses now, there is a bit of nostalgia there. When I was little, my parents took me to Circus World, a short-lived theme park in Florida where I grew up.  Besides being a theme park, Circus World was also where the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Combined Shows, Inc., would have their off-season headquarters and supposedly would home Clown College (that was a thing!). From the looks of the surviving photos of our visits, I was in it for the face painting and ice cream.


Back to the card. I chose to interpret the stripes in the sketch as circus tent stripes. I googled images of vintage circus posters for inspiration and chose a pink and muted red for my stripes. I used Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple. I taped off an area on my card base and blended the Worn Lipstick all over. Then I taped off stripes and blended the Candied Apple over it.

On a separate piece of cardstock, I stamped the bear on a unicycle stamp using Grout Gray ink and colored the image with Copics (see the supply list at the end of this post for specific colors). I cut the image out with the coordinating die and adhered it to the card base with foam tape. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set and trimmed it down into a banner; I also used foam tape to adhere the sentiment banner to the base. Finally, I used Nuvo crystal drops in black to add embellishment.

That’s it for this card. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

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