Happy Friday!!! It’s time for a new TGIF sketch challenge, and this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day! The sketch is clean and simple, leaving lots of room for interpretation and enhancements. That’s my kind of sketch.
Go to the TGIF Challenges website to see all the amazing projects this week.
My project includes an eclectic combination of products, but I really love how it turned out. Usually, I try to stick with one stamp set or suite of products to make it simple, but I guess I got a little carried away this time. I just started grabbing my favorites and somehow it worked.
I love the central heart from the Heart Happiness stamp set. I was in the mood to color, so it was a perfect starting point. I stamped and embossed the heart in white on Shimmery White cardstock. Then, I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor the flowers, leaves, and even the background.
Tips: To watercolor with ink pads, squeeze the pad when it’s closed to pool ink on the lid. Then, add a little water to the ink by squeezing your Aqua Painter and you’re good to go. I like to start with a light wash with little to no color. Then, I go back and add more saturated color for definition. Also, I like to paint in small sections so the area stays wet until I’m finished.
When the heart was dry, I cut it out with a Sweet & Sassy Framelits Die.
I wanted to use some of the new Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon. You can get this ribbon for FREE when you make a purchase of $50 or more between now and March 31, 2018. It was a little thick to tie in a bow like the sketch, so I opted to put it behind the heart instead. Then for my bow on top of the heart, I used some dies from the Sweet Cake Framelits. I just ADORE this set of framelits dies!!! I even added a little shimmer to the top bow with a Wink of Stella pen.
To add just a little something to my background, I embossed it with one of the Petal Pair Textured Impression Embossing Folders. Subtle but nice!
I had the whole card put together when I decided I needed a greeting. I stole one from the Petal Palette stamp set that was PERFECT. I don’t necessarily advise adding an embossed greeting when you’re completely done with a card, but luckily I didn’t choke and it worked out. Whew!!! (I even stamped it straight! Yay!!!)
Supplies used on my card: