Trendy Tuesday – Cityscapes
by Katherine Elliot

Images of city skylines are trending in the paper craft world.  Whether you live in a beautiful city, the countryside, or suburbia, the iconic imagery of high rise buildings make wonderful backgrounds or focal points on your projects.  City skyline scenes are terrific for memorable urban destinations in your scrapbooks and perfect for cards to send to loved ones living in faraway places.

Card by Laura Bassen, featuring stamps and Super 2 dies from Paper Smooches, image source Paper Smooches blog

Cut cardstock with metal dies of cityscapes that include tiny, high rise windows, like the skyline dies from Paper Smooches, My Favorite Things, Kelly Purkey, and Memory Box, and layer to add dimension and show off any colors or backgrounds behind the scenes in your projects.

Card by Lisa Carroll featuring My Favorite Things Skyline border die, image source INKlinations

 3Project life insert from Kelly Purkey, image source It’s Me, KP

*Kelly Purkey Wafer Thin Die SKYLINE SMNS-004Kelly Purkey Skyline die, image source Simon Says Stamp

 Card featuring Memory Box Cityscape Nightline die, image source Doodlebugs

Mix and match coordinating solid skyline dies, such as those offered by Memory Box and My Favorite Things.  The solid skyline images look terrific on their own, too.  Try using the negative of a die cut as a stencil or mask like Debbie Carriere used in her fun birthday card shown here… Card by Debbie Carriere, featuring images from My Favorite Things, image source A Simple Diversion

 MFT Skyline Die, image source Frantic Stamper

You can also achieve beautiful results by stamping a city skyline.  Freshly Squeezed Stamps,  Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps, and Mama Elephant,  are just a few stamp companies with some terrifically trendy city scenes.  Check out these wonderful creations using cityscape stamps from these brands…

Card by Lynn Mangan featuring Freshly Squeezed Stamps, On Trend, stamp set, image source The Mango Boys & Me

Card by Diane Zechman, featuring Landscape Silhouette stamp from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps, image source Paper Cookies

Card by Cheiron Brandon, featuring stamps from Mama Elephant, image source Cheiron’s Crafty Life

 Central Park stamp set from Mama Elephant 

Papertrey Ink just released some new stamps with some places you may recognize.  Catch glimpses of some famous landmarks in their City Scene stamps and coordinating sets.

Card by Danielle Flanders, featuring City Scene stamps from Papertrey Ink, image source Homespun with Heart

 Check out more urban vibes in these projects featuring products from Stampers Anonymous, Penny Black and Unity Stamp Company.

Cityscape tag by Patti Behan, featuring Tim Holtz City Scape stamp from Stampers Anonymous, image source Ranger InkCard featuring Penny Black Skyline stamp, image source Penny Black


Card featuring City of Love stamp, stamp and image source Unity Stamp Company

Last, but not least, check out how a city scene looks on this beautiful Halloween card.  I love the spooky vibe created by Deborah Frings on her witchy Halloween greeting card.  I hunted for this project and even though it was made for last year’s trick or treat season, I was so glad I found it to share with you…

Halloween Greeting card by Deborah Frings, image source Deborah’s Gems

City dwellers or city dreamers, I hope you were inspired today.  Happy crafting, everyone!

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