When I first started stamping and wanted to learn how to layer, I played along with sketch challenges. It's a great way to learn. You don't always have to use the same shapes you see in the sketch photo. The sketch serves as a guide. Take a look at the card I created for the challenge:
Although my card is clean & simple, I used quite a few layers to make sure all of the elements lined up with the sketch and stamped on the bottom with tone-on-tone Basic Gray Ink over Basic Gray Cardstock. I love how the In The Meadow stamp set had the perfect sized image for the strip layer. I lightly sponged in some color and also added a sun by sponging around a 1" circle and then filling it in with So Saffron Ink. I added Stampin' Dimensionals between the stamped layer and the Old Olive Cardstock layer:
The Tea Lace Doily was cut using only 7 of the scallops and glued in place tucked under the stamped layer. I then added a layer of Soft Sky Cardstock that was cut with the Bloomin Hearts Thinlits Dies and sponged on the edges with Soft Sky Ink. I completed the card by adding a solo So Saffron Cardstock flower with a Rhinestone Jewel added in the center.
I really enjoyed creating this card using the beautiful sketch challenge. Make sure you visit the Global Design Project to see what else you can find for inspiration. There's lots there!