#TGIFC142 Sketch Challenge

By | January 11, 2018

It’s Friday and that means time for a new TGIF Challenge!  This time, we have a sketch challenge.  The template is clean and simple, so there’s lots of possibilities for interpretation.  You could add your favorite stamps, coloring technique, designer paper, and/or embellishments.  Just have fun!!!  Click on the template below to go to the TGIF Challenges website and see all the designers’ projects for this week.

For my project, I decided to play with my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, with a few little twists.  First, I stamped directly on Wood Texture Designer Series Paper, so a little bit of the wood grain shows through my coloring.  Additionally, I embossed my stamps in gold, instead of using Memento ink, which is what I would typically use with Stampin’ Blends.

To color the flowers and leaves, I used Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I like to start with the darker color and then add the lighter color on top to activate the blending.  Here are a couple tips I’ve learned through trial and error:

  • Try not to color over the embossing.  It will dull the shine.
  • Color in small sections.  The darker color will blend easier when it’s still wet.
  • For small spaces, as in this card, I colored over the lighter areas very quickly.  The more ink you add, the less contrast there will be between light and dark colors.  There’s also a little less blending, but I actually liked that on this particular card.

I needed a birthday card, so I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set.  After all the time and effort I put into coloring, I didn’t want to cover up my work, so I decided to use vellum paper.  Plus, I think the vellum adds a nice soft touch to the card.

Vellum is a little challenging to adhere.  Therefore, I placed glue dots behind some of the letters, where they would be hidden.  Then to anchor down the ends, I added some small pearls.

The Petal Palette stamp set coordinates with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies, and when you purchase them together in a bundle you can get a 10% discount.  There are some REALLY beautiful die cuts in that set!  This is my first project using the bundle, and I’m so excited to work with it again.  I used one of pretty little dies as my accent strip behind the main layer.

Supplies used on my card:

I hope you can join us this week at TGIF Challenges!  Go to the website for instructions on entering your own design using the sketch.  If you need help or have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  I’m looking forward to seeing your take on the sketch 🙂


2 thoughts on “#TGIFC142 Sketch Challenge

  1. Nora

    This card is so elegant!! I love the little gold edge and the pretty way you painted those flowers!!


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