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FMS262 Basket of Wishes

Hi!  I have a fun sketch challenge and my design to show you today.  The sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge was created by the super sweet and Über-talented Jen Brum of Ladybug Designs.  I loved working with Jen’s sketch and I had many more ideas for using it as I was creating today’s card.

fms262-su-basket-of-wishesI’ve been using so many photo-unfriendly products on my cards lately, and editing is making me crazy!  Ooh-la-la. The background of dots was first masked, then inked, then mask removed before stamping onto the card base to leave white space for the ribbon and sentiment.  Then I quickly and lightly added Wink of Stella to the yellow dots.

The basket of sunflowers from Basket of Wishes stamp set is wonderful for simple coloring.  When coloring small images like this, I control how much ink I’m adding by using a blender pen and picking up color from my ink pad.  TIP:  When you intend to color an entire image, try using a light-to-medium gray for stamping the image.  It turns into a wonderful addition to your shading.  I forgot to use the gray for the basket, but remembered for the flowers.  For my image, I traced over some of the main lines with appropriate colors (fine tip of Stampin’ Write Marker).

fms262-basket-of-wishes-cirI built up some texture/dimension to the basket with Crystal Effects.  When I want a “painted” or “varnished (shiny)” wood look, I use a super-cheap synthetic brush that has coarse bristles.  Just lightly brush the areas that you want to look a little grainy.  I used a super-fine tip bottle to apply Crystal Effects to the narrow vertical pieces and the strips on the handle, as well as the centers of the sunflowers.  Looking at it now, I will be going back and adding a few more dots of Crystal Effects to the little berries.  You know, most of us are our own worst critics, and it’s prettier rare that I {love} one of my own cards, but this is one of my favorites.  Maybe it’s the dots, because one of my other all-time faves had them, too!  See it here.

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I think I’m going to head straight back into my craft room and use this sketch to design more cards.  I encourage you to visit Freshly Made Sketches; be sure to check out the fabulous cards that the ‘Clean Team’ has designed to inspire you, and I welcome you play along with us.  I’d love to read what you think about working with Jen’s awesome sketch.

Happy Stamping!

 

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  1. Kim S

    Amazing dimension!! What a wonderful technique!

  2. KarrenJ

    Wow, that basket looks so three-dimensional! Fabulous job, Cindy and a gorgeous card!

  3. Jen Brum

    This card is so pretty. I love all the accents! That basket is beautifully coloured and I’m sure in person it’s absolutely fabulous. Photos never do our cards justice!!!

  4. Jen Mitchell

    This is so beautiful! I love the colors and the dimension on your basket of flowers.

  5. Jen Timko

    This is so pretty, Cindy! I love your coloring. And what is it about the pictures. Always makes me nuts!

  6. Lisa

    ❤️❤️❤️ This card!

  7. linda callahan

    Whoa this is beautiful! And I agree anything sparkly or glittered or crystal effected is a nightmare to photograph!

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