Here we are, at our 199th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Our fabulous Karren Johnson has the honor of presenting her sketch design this week and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this one. I know it’s going in my stash of favorites.
Sometimes when there’s wide-open spaces on a card sketch, I see it as a canvas. I think it comes from my very early years of drawing and then the later years of painting. Isn’t that one of the great things about making cards? You can use all of your favorite crafting skills to make something really special. I’m still working on replenishing my Man Card stash, so this week is a masculine thank you card using the Wetlands stamp set.
I did something on this card that I’ve never tried before. I wanted to do a watercolor background, but I still haven’t mastered that yet. I have a round stiff-bristle paint brush that lives in my desktop storage carousel. I think I originally bought it for stippling, but it now mainly serves as a brush to get the glitter off of my work space. For some reason, that brush caught my eye and suddenly I thought of using it to color the background. Because it’s not flat on the end, not all the bristles touch the surface, so it creates a lot of fine lines. Hmmm. Worked out pretty well. 🙂 The best part was that I was able to color the water background (Pool Party) with horizontal lines and the ground and reed portion (Tip Top Taupe) with vertical lines. It was so easy and I like it way better than my water coloring!
After doing the background and stamping the reeds, I stamped my duck with VersaMark and heat embossed with Early Espresso and then colored him with a blender pen and Tip Top Taupe. No masking necessary! Don’t you just love it when things come together?
I hope you were inspired by my card and are ready to go over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out my team members awesome creations. Use Karren’s fabulous sketch to play along this week and to get for next week’s big party for our 200th Sketch Challenge!
You won’t want to miss this celebration! We’ve got lots of awesome stamping companies sponsoring us, so if you don’t have a blog, make sure you have a Pinterest or Splitcoast Stampers account ready to go so you can upload your card and link to our challenge!
Happy, happy stamping!