I just love this weeks Sketch Challenge. The panels were very fun to work with. I spent a lot of time deciding what I was going to use for the focal point of my card. I started out with the "Studio Sketches" but then I set it aside. I then took out "Hello Again, "Pocket Silhouettes" to be used along with "Oval All" and "Friends 24-7". As I looked at each one I kept leaning towards the "Studio Sketches" and obviously that's the one I ran with.
I knew what colors I wanted to play with. I just LOVE the new Cherry Cobbler, it's SO rich looking. I was going to use the Daffodil Delight for the panel #2 but once I got the piece cut and set in place it was a bit too bright. And after realizing that the pears were going to be green, I thought I'd better go with a green. I opted for Garden Green. I used it in the pears too but use a blender pen to wash out the color a bit more. They are not exactly the colors of pears but that is what I ended up with so I left it. Same with the pitcher. I am not thrilled with how dark it came out. I used the Cherry Cobbler marker only. I think I may have been happier with it had I used the Cherry Cobbler color with a blender pen.
I did get to play with the Smooch Spray. I sprayed it on the #1, #2 and #1 panels. Plus I sprayed it on my key board, mouse and worktable. I swear I looked at the nozzle before I went to spray!!! It was easy enough to clean up but cleaning up wasn't on my agenda. I just wanted to stamp. But I had to stop and clean because I didn't want that mess on my cards or the side of my hands, oh and fingertips from my keyboard!!! And yes, I did spray into the new "Color Catcher". It's designed to place your work inside and spray away with no mess. Just make sure you aim your sprayers right!!! LOL I am SO loving those Smooch Sprays and I can't wait to have the gals play with them when they come to stamp next month!! They're just TOO fun!
Ok, back to my card and me! It's all about "me" you know!!! On the #3 panel I used the Smooch Spray on the Cherry Cobbler card stock. The Smooch Spray does moisten your card stock so while it was still moist I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it. I like the texture it gave that panel. On panel #2 I just left it with the Smooch Spray only and same with the #1 background piece. I sponged the edges of some of the panels with Chocolate Chip.
I had the card all put together and was about to take the photo of it when it caught my eye that on the left side of the #3 panel there was a lot of empty looking space. What to do??? I lifted the panel off the background piece without ripping it. Then I slid the foamy mat pad under it and punched holes in it for brads. I used black brads but brown would have been nicer since the base of the card is the new Early Espresso card stock. But no one will notice if I don't tell them!!! LOL
I do like the card, except for the darkness of the pitcher. I especially like the Sketch and plan to use it on some other cards I need to make. I need to make a masculine card. I think I'll try to make this sketch work with it. It's for my nephew's birthday (on the 26th - I'm late with it!!!).
If you have time play with this sketch. It's something you can work with for your Christmas cards. Yup, it's time to start thinking about what you are going to make this year for your Christmas cards. Get them started early so you aren't rushing at the last minute to get them done. I love to start mine in September. I get them all stamped and I get one made up. Then I cut all the parts and pack them up in a box to take with me when we go up to Duluth for a few days in the fall. I am fortunate that I can work on things in the car. I get a lot of stuff done that really hate to sit and do at home. I have a great set-up in the car. I'll have to have hubby take a picture of it this fall. It's kind of comical too. But it's what I like to do and it doesn't bug him while he drives so it's all ok! I promise I'll have him take a picture then you'll know what I'm talking about.
Thank you SO much for visiting today,