I hope you are having a great week! I am slowly coming back to reality after a week vacation. Our family took a wonderful trip to San Diego last week…what a treat! The boys both had some real favorites events. Oldest loved seeing the USS Midway and all the airplanes while the youngest enjoyed both the zoo and Sea World. I love a vacation that can allow everyone to see something that feeds their interests!
So I finally got back into the craft room yesterday and that always seems to be a slow process for me. Fortunately, Karren created a fabulous (and really workable) sketch for Freshly Made Sketches that made it a bit easier. I knew I wanted to use these pretty flowers from Altenew (Botanical Garden) and also pulled inspiration from Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge. I loved the blue and the yellow and also the bokeh styling of their photo.
For my flowers, I wanted to try a new to me technique. I have some sneak peek Petal Point inks from Clearsnap that are pigment inks so I tried this technique from Jennifer McGuire. It is a little bit messy but I agree with Jennifer that using your fingers to apply ink is easy to control. It also allowed me to have a bit of a splattered look on the flowers per the inspiration.
The fun part with pigment ink is that it stays stickier for a little longer and that allows time to be able to come back and emboss the whole image. The effect gives a bit of shine and depth to the card that is hard to capture in a picture. For my center panel of the sketch, I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White and embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (SU). It adds a subtle texture without pulling attention from the flowers.
I hope you are off to a great week. I’m back to stamping today and a bit of gardening too. I love this time of year in Virginia and my youngest is still off this week for break. We are getting the gardens all ready for planting our vegetables and re-mulching to get things tidy after the winter. I’m lucky he is such a great helper! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon! Supplies:
Stamp: Botanical Garden (Altenew), Sentiment (Paper Pumpkin by SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Petal Point Pigment Inks; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF (SU), Dimensionals, Basic Pearls (SU), Black Sharpie Marker
Ever see a sketch and know that whatever you make with it will be awesome? That is how I felt the minute I saw this one from Freshly Made Sketches. The incredible Linda Callahan created this beauty and the possibilities are endless!
I thought these gorgeous images from the Botanical Garden would be great for the sketch. I stamped them onto Canson Watercolor Paper using Versafine Ink. Then I colored using Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paints. I just got these and was swatching them when I thought I should just break them in and see what happened. I kind of love the possibilities!! Once I was done coloring the images, I cut them out to see how they looked for the sketch. I felt like they needed a little bit of a background so I added a little more color behind them before stamping the sentiment. I love this one!! And it is perfect for my friend that will receive this card.
Our design team has done their always excellent job this week and you will be so inspired. I hope you will have as much fun with this sketch as I did. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Botanical Garden (Altenew), Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Designs) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Canson Watercolor; Accessories: Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paints, Silver Brush Round 4
As a programming note, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook February Release it will be up in a second post. For this card, I’m working with another fantastic sketch for Freshly Made Sketches created by the queen of layers, Narelle. The way she has layered this sketch speaks to how she always has the most lovely details.
When I saw the scallop, I immediately thought of this flower from Altenew’s Botanical Garden set. I pulled out my Zig again and this time focused on Peacock Blue. Love that blue! I aded a little yellow in the center and combined greens for the leaves but generally some super quick coloring. With the blue being so striking, I chose this pale background, Fog from Simon Says Stamp. Using the scraps from where I colored the flower, I cut two banners and colored one with the green and left one plain. Finally I added this little Paper Pumpkin sentiment and some Basic Pearls. It was nice to stretch into a different set of colors this week and I think this sketch is going to be fun for everyone.
Back in just a few with today’s release card. You will be “egg-cited” to see it! Thanks for stopping in today.
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Botanical Garden (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Fog (SSS), Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Accessories: Basic Pearl, Zig BrusH2O