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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday Sketch Challenge

I honestly didn't think I was going to have time to play with this week's Sketch Challenge at SplitCoastStampers. But I managed to sneak some time in. It's just not the same if I don't get to play. I've been doing it for a couple of years or so now and I rarely miss a week. I printed out the sketch and thought I was going to have to leave it at that. Just add the sketch to my album of sketches and move on. But I was able to play after dinner. And this playing created an even bigger mess in my workroom. I have got to put stuff away! I'm such a messy stamper.

Anyway, this sketch was fun though I didn't stick with it to the end. I just couldn't find anything that would work in that #5 spot that wouldn't cover the tree up too much. I was going to redo the tree and stamp it as close to the bottom as possible but I liked how it turned out and didn't want to make it again. SO I just decided to do what I needed to do there and call it done. Had that been the focal point of the card it would have been easier to do that square. But I just couldn't make it easy tonight!

I colored the tree in with a Sage Shadow marker and a blender pen. I also used the blender pen to color in the tree trunk and grass. For the sky I just sponged in some Bashful Blue. I sponged it right over the tree. I sponged the edges. When sponging I like to create a "glow" on the piece. To achieve this I sponge the edges and I also sponge the corners. I don't just sponge to the corner and turn and sponge the next edge. I acutally sponge the corner as though it were it's own edge. If that makes sense. Sponging the corner creates more of a circle on the edging and it gives the illusion of glowing.

This sketch was right up my alley too. It has LOTS of layers. You know me and layers!!

I did like the sketch and I do like how my card turned out. My friend's husband is dying and I knew I would be needing a masculine sympathy card in a few days. SO this sketch fit well with the image I wanted to use. And I just LOVE the "To the Nines" decorative paper by Stampin' Up! Oh and don't forget the "Lovely as a Tree" set. It's been around for a while and I am hoping it remains in the next catalog. It's such a wonderful set and it covers a lot of events and holidays.

Thank you SO much for visiting today!
I'm off to clean up my messy workroom. Anyone what to help? LOL


Julie - Kewlstamps said...

Simply perfect.... tfs!

Anonymous said...

Very lovely sympathy card, Wanda. I too like the To the Nines paper alot, but I do not have it, as of yet! I too, love layers.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I love all of your Wednesday Sketch Challenge cards.


lisa808 said...

Your tree image is beautiful. Love your coloring and sponging.

JenE said...

Love it! the colors are great :)