I hope your week has been wonderful and full of summer fun! We are still finishing up some school things with one of my sons so it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet…but soon! Just a few more days! And that anticipation was definitely on my mind as I worked on this card for today. Our hostess, the wonderful Jennifer Brum, has created a wonderful sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.
I started with this pretty little butterfly from Mama Elephant and did a quick coloring with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink. I love butterflies and I’m finally started to see some around here. Always makes me happy! I created a watercolor background using a couple of yellow Distress Inks and the “smoosh” technique (apply the ink to acetate, spritz and ink the paper). I this the two tones of yellow add a nice contrast. This gorgeous sentiment comes from Studio Katia and it was an extra treat in our supplies that came for last week’s collaboration hop with Newton’s Nook Designs and Studio Katia. LOVE this scripty font, don’t you?! I thought a couple of the Clear Round Drops from Studio Katia to finish. Quick and easy and perfect for summer (and it let me get back outside on a beautiful day)!
I hope you have fun with this sketch. You can use designer paper, background stamps or keep it simple like it did. Tons of ways to use this one! The DT has shown you that, as always. Love those gals! I hope your week has time for some crafty fun. Until next time, thanks for stopping in!
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant), Thank You (Studio Katia); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper: Fabriano Extra WhiteWatercolor, Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Misti, BrusH2O Water Pen, Clear Round Drops (Studio Katia)
With this time of year, so many graduations are upon us and I’m always looking for ideas to create unique and special cards to celebrate. I thought this sentiment from Mama Elephant was absolutely perfect for a special graduate I know! And the flower image from the same set (Butterfly Kisses) is really pretty too.
I used this card as one of my samples for the Chameleon Color Tones Pencils review over at Splitcoaststampers. The pretty coral and green pencils (double sided!) create the perfect shading and no stress over coordination. I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I love this particular paper the best with the pencils. It has a smoother feel that a watercolor paper but enough “tooth” to allow light coloring and layering. The key with most colored pencils, it seems, is layering. Lots of layering. And patience! I colored for bit and then moved on to a different section. Eventually I came back to each part and layered some more, and so on. I had never used wax based pencils so I definitely had a learning curve…but not an overwhelming one. Success came quickly and the colors on these just match! A light touch was definitely the key to success. As a background for the image, I used this brand new DSP from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures DSP. It is a MUST HAVE from the catalog that goes live today. I promise you it will fly off the shelves so take a look and order it quickly!
That’s it for today. If you want to see more about these pencils, please go over to the review (linked above) there are amazing videos from both Lydia Fiedler and Kathy Racoosin….two extraordinary stampers!
Back tomorrow with a collaboration blog hop that I know you don’t want to miss. Hope to see you then! Have a great day!
So is it acting like spring where you are? Well, it certainly has been in Virginia and that inspired my card for today. I’m the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you will love the sketch I created for you. It is also the beginning of Kathy Racoosin‘s 30 Day Coloring Challenge (The Daily Marker 30 Day) which is a month of amazing inspiration that fills IG feeds with lovely art. It reminds us, as crafters, to take a little time every day just to make a little something that is pretty.
I kept my coloring pretty simple for today and used this gorgeous flower from Mama Elephant. Inspired by some of the cherry blossoms that are sure to be popping out any time here in my yard, I chose a soft pink for the flowers. The sentiment comes from the set too and I think it is a favorite of mine. The image and sentiments were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and the flower was coloring using Tim Holtz Distess Inks.
I hope you will join us with this sketch. I tried to make one that is open to techniques, large images or even pretty DSP. The team, of course, used all of these ideas and I’m sure you will come up with even more! Thanks for stopping in today. Remember….YOU make the world a better place! You certainly make mine better! Have a great day.
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