Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday.
I actually have two cards for you tonight. They are both made using sketches from (a new to me) sketch site called Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I made one for the challenge last week, but missed the submission deadline. However, I do want to share it with you - so you can see it further down this post.
In the meantime, here is this week's sketch:
When I saw the shape at the top, I decided to bring out my old Memory Box branch die and combine that with the cardinal from Christmas Toile. I die cut the branch and then colored it with my pencils. I stamped the cardinal and used my pencils to color him, too. I sketched the outline of the branch as it would be placed on the card base and then used my blending brushes to blend a blue background around the top of the bird.
When I die-cut it, it was just a little too white against the blue background. So, I took a pencil and tried to match a similar color to the background and used that around the edge of the die-cut so the white wouldn't stand out as much. For the bottom of the bird, against the white background, I left it alone:-)
Here's my card:
I just love this stamp set and this branch is one of those things that is never likely to leave my collection!
Now, I want to share last week's challenge with you. This was a pretty challenging sketch... but isn't that the reason to do CHALLENGES! It took me a little while to work out what I wanted to do with it, then I had this idea to use my sunray stencil and the lighthouse from Sailing Home. I loved the way it turned out.
Here's my take on the sketch:
For the lighthouse, I used my Copics to put down a base color and then added all the detail in with my pencils. I fussy cut it and then popped it against the sunrays.
I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card - and some wildlife shots! In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Christmas Toile, Sailing Home - Stampin' Up!
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White