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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Split Coast Sketch Challenge 153

As you can tell it's Wednesday because this is the Split Coast Sketch Challenge for today!!! I try to do these every week. I like to have new layouts for my samples. This is a layout I think I will get a LOT of use out of. I may even do one more with this layout later in the week before I move on to your fun upcoming project!!!

For this card I used Basic Black and Always Artichoke card stock and watercolor paper. I used Black Staz On ink for the image because I was planning on using a blender pen. And I used Always Artichoke for the remainder of the ink used in this card, including sponging.

I blended the tree in using Always Artichoke. I added some Ruby Red bulbs and Summer Sun on the garland. After that dried (blender pen takes a couple of minutes to dry on watercolor paper. I then came in with the metallic Gelly Roll pen. Such a fun little pen! A gem of a find when I was up in Duluth. With the blender pen I added some Bashful Blue around the tree and a touch of Bordering Blue just below the trunk. The trunk was blended in using Close to Cocoa. I sponged the edges and added the black layer. I sponged the edges on all pieces here except for the black.

I used the Canvas background stamp on the large Artichoke piece. I used the Flannel Plaid background stamp on the Sahara Sand card stock. Before I assembled the card I wrapped some gold cording around the Always Artichoke piece. It just needed something there. I was going to tie a knotted piece of cording on each side of the top piece but it appeared to be just too much so I left it off. Less is better in this case!!! And here you have it! My finished Sketch Challenge from SplitCoastStampers!!!

You may want to join in these challenges. It's a great way to learn to play with new layouts. There's a different challenge every day of the week. I fell into the Wednesday one and have not ventured out to the other ones. I may try the color challenge but right now I'm sticking with the Sketch Challenge. It's not like you can't join them all. By all means you sure can, if you have the time! I probably could find the time but it's those brain cells that may be more of a challenge to me than the challenges SplitCoast has to offer!!! LOL Click here to see the other Sketch Challenges I've done.

Thank you for stopping by!


Unknown said...

My goodness this card is wonderful, I did not play along yesterday but now I need to give it a try you have really inspired me with your card.

Pat S. said...

Very cute...I love that little tree!

I find myself reaching for that little metalic pen too. Have you tried their glaze's like Crystal Effects, but you can make a much finer line.

StampMom said...

The detail on this card is amazing -- thanks for taking the time to write it all down for us, it's very helpful. Not to mention that it's just a really beautiful card!

Anonymous said...

beautiful card! Love the colors and the blending! TFS

Dorothy said...

Very Pretty. I liked that layout. Will have to try after the new year -right now I'm up to my eyeballs in my Christmas cards, dominoe ornaments, gift tags, candles, etc. Please try and post another card with this layout after the holidays so I remember to try one! Thanks Wanda! You must be so busy like the rest of us but still manage to find time to keep your posts coming!!!

June Houck said...

This is beautiful. I love the colors you chose, but I especially love the expertly colored image!

Rosella said...

WOW! Love your card. It's just PERFECT. The colors, the images,...TFS! Now I have to try this sketch too!

Anonymous said...

I just love this card! I would have never thought of using those colors for a christmas theme card.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I would have never thought of using those colors in a christmas theme. Thanks for the inspiration.
It will worth trying.

Anonymous said...

Elegant finished card, Wanda! Thanks for sharing ALL of the details of the coloring.......that's very helpful. You are WONDERFUL!

Debbie said...

Very cute...the layout is really neat.
Have a fantastic weekend!