TSG46: Smell The (Sketchy) Flowers

Monday, March 15, 2010

Good Morning Everyone!

Did you have a great weekend? We did end up taking a trip over to Bennington, VT on Saturday and I'm glad we went early because the trip home was a little sketchy! We had to go over the Appalachian Mountains and we were hit with everything from rain to sleet to heavy snow. It was bad, but luckily we left early in the evening. We heard they got 4-6 inches Saturday night and not a drop hit Keene! Phew!

And speaking of sketchy, this week's There She Goes challenge happens to be a sketch! I love sketches, don't you? My Friday night and Saturday morning ritual is scouring my favorite blogs challenges for sketches so I have a starting point for all my cards for the following week. Anyway, you can hop over to the TSG blog to check out the sketch, but before you do, here's what I did with it.

Since I kind of had a bit of a run in with that 'white stuff' again, I thought I needed to 'think Spring' some more, so I used the Beautiful Spring mini set! (Hopefully Mother Nature gets the message!) To create my card, I channeled a bit of Trendsetter Kim's favorite technique and embossed the Bo Bunny patterned paper for some added texture. I then used the matching scalloped paper to add a bit more interest for the center panel.

For the stamped panel, I first cut out my circle panel from some Strathmore Bristol Vellum with my Nesties, then I stamped the image onto the paper while the Nestie was still in place. This way, the Nestie became a mask and protected the edges from the stamped image. Then it was just a matter of coloring up the image (with reinkers and an aquapainter brush) and sponging around the top for the sky and watercoloring in and around the flowers with the same sky color (SU's Soft Sky). The sentiment was stamped last.

If you click on the image, you might be able to see where I goofed up. I forget that red ink takes a VERY long time to dry (12 hours is still not long enough) and accidentally transferred some of it onto other parts of the panel! Hate having to learn the hard way! I carefully tried to scratch the red ink off, but I still left a nick in the paper. :( I don't know if I'll ever learn this lesson!

If you play along with this week's sketch challenge, just leave a link to your card on the TSG blog post and you could have a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the There She Goes store! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: There She Goes 'Beautiful Spring'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Old Olive, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Morning Marigold, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - Bo Bunny
Access: Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Spellbinders Large Circle Nestibilities, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Machine Stitching, Sponging, Paper Piercing, Dimensionals


Denise Rand said...

I visited the USA a few years ago and part of my trip was a stop at Bennington I went up the Tall tower there, its a lovely place. I love your card, i'm relatively new to card making and i think its takes a while to develop a 'style' your cards are the type i would especially like to make, i just haven't quite got there yet but with inspiration like this i'm sure i will

Unknown said...

this is outstanding, sandra! beautiful coloring, dp, and i love the square layout of the sketch!

Pam Varnell said...

This is just gorgeous Sandra. Love that image and your coloring just knocks my socks off. Beautiful card sweetie.

Tasha said...

This is beautiful SSandra, what a goregous image! The papers are lovely and the layout is super
love tasha xx

Juls said...

wow this is amazing!!! I love the scallop detail! Hugs Juls

JenRaff said...

This is a lovely card -- I will have to try that technique leaving the nestie in place -- I really love that look!

Imke said...

Love all the embossing and your coloring of the flowers-awesome !

Crafty Math Chick said...

As always, beautiful coloring job on the flowers (especially the tulips - I still can't believe you use reinkers and a watercolor bursh!). I never thought to have a scalloped border on only two sides - looks great!


Unknown said...

I mean this in the nicest possible way...But sweetie do you EVER make an ugly card!! Sandra...This is just amazing!! You are so inspiring...I have decided when I grow up I want to just like you!! Xx

kadie said...

This is beautiful! I really love the texture from the cuttlebug and that the image is encircled and off to the side. Another beautiful card!

WickedPixie said...

I love your paper/color choices for this card - it is luscious! I am always falling in love with 12x12 die cut paper and never thought to use it like this in my cards! Thanks so much! :-)Traci

Lisa H. said...

seriously-wow! love the scalloped layer you used and your coloring is wonderful! great card!

Danielle L. said...

Wow! *blink blink* Double wow! The texture and coloring are fantastic on this card! Beautiful!

Jamie Lane Designs said...

This is lovely!

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