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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday Sketch Challenge

This week's Sketch Challenge at SplitCoastStampers was a lot of fun. I liked it a lot because it had a lot of pieces to it. Layering is one of my favorite things to do on a card. Notice I mentioned "a" card. If I am making a bunch for a swap I don't use as many layers!

I used the Stampin' Up! "Bella Bleu" decorative paper along with Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla card stock. The image is from the "Thoughts & Prayers" stamp set and the words came from my computer. I print out a whole sheet of them in white and vanilla so I have them on hand when I need them. I didn't have any of these on hand so I had to print them out today. But now I have a bunch of them and hope not to need another one for the rest of the year.

I'll share a tip with you when I stamp images that have slid parts to them. I have found way too many times that the image didn't stamp as solidly as I had hoped it would. So now I huff on the stamp after I've inked it up and then immediately stamp it on the card stock. I stumbled on this by accident. I had inked up my image and got distracted by something and it had sat for a few minutes. Instead of re-inking I huffed on it and found that I got a very nice solid image. Then I thought it was because the ink had dried so I tried it again with fresh ink and I got the same fabulous results! So now I huff on my images when I want to make sure I will get a solid print. It's amazing that something as simple as that can make or bread an image.

Now I'm off to get my tax papers together. It's time to report sales tax to the state and I have entered nothing in all year last year. SO I will be chained to my computer in my spare time playing catch up and being grumpy because I had promised myself that I would tend to this stuff right away. *sighs*

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


Deb Neerman said...

I love your card!! Love the DP and the beautiful image from "Thoughts and Prayers." And that sketch is wonderful; great take on the challenge!

bensarmom said...

Wanda, this is absolutely gorgeous!

Charlene H. said...

I disovered the huffing on stamps when I was trying to stamp the word "enjoy" from Enjoy Every Moment in black Stazon. No matter what I did - sanded the stamp, used an eraser on it, cleaned it - it would not give me a solid image. So I inked it up one last time and (i'm not sure why) but I huffed on it and holy cow did I get a solid image. I couldn't believe the difference in the way it stamped. It is a great tip.

Anonymous said...

I always love your Wednesday Sketch Challenge cards that you make. Thanks for sharing them with us.


Ret said...

This is really beautiful!!!

Unknown said...

wonderful sketch this week, another great way to use awesome dp. Great job!