I’m still pretty new to this sketch-challenge thing, and sometimes I’m just not sure how literal I should be with the inspiration piece. That, plus not really having a ‘style’, means I can come up with some pretty unusual combinations sometimes. I think this card falls into that category! (The sketch I’m loosely following is from the new TE Share Joy Challenge – see what I mean?)
I like layers and depth and interest in cards, so I’ve been reading up on starting with a background piece first. I used SU! Night of Navy and Pool Party, blending them together with lots of water. I added several layers of ink, drying in between each.
So, in my head the background was light at the top and dark at the bottom. But because I’m er, ‘creative’, when I used Night of Navy and Stampers Anonymous School Desk alphabet stamp to add another layer I stamped the alphabet upside down… OK, time to set that aside for a while!
I wanted to add in the ‘sprinkles’ color pop from the inspiration cake as well, so used Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed to stamp WPlus’s Fanciful Feathers onto watercolor paper. I used my trusty “paintbrush and water” technique to blend the ink a bit for a more watercolored-y look. These are one of the few stamps that I have the matching dies for, so it was a breeze to throw them into the Big Shot and cut them out. I also cut two more feathers from some watercolor paper that I had colored with Pool Party, left over from some of the early background attempts.
I layered a vellum banner over my background, and bunched the colored feathers at the top in place of the square shape on the sketch. I secured the feathers with a wee staple, and hid some glue underneath to stick down the vellum. The feather sticking out sideways is a ‘design element’ that in my mind is kind of like the wee side banner! I diecut Simon’s darling “Sending” from Night of Navy cardstock, and embossed it with Versamark and clear EP. The ‘you’ and ‘love’ stamps are from the SU set “Crazy About You”, and the tiny feather is another gem from Fanciful Feathers.
Overall, I think that having the navy at the top of the background layer makes the feathers pop a bit more than the original plan – funny how the universe works, huh!
Sending you wishes for a fabulous day