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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 Leblanc 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 :)