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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #1 Beach Chair

There's almost nothing I love in stamping as much as a sketch challenge, as I struggle most with layouts and sometimes I just like to have one handed to me! :o)

This is from a sketch challenge on Mary Jo's blog. There is a list of participating designers just under the sketch so you can go look at some blogs for inspiration before starting, if you want. I had to move my image panel to the other side to accomodate the direction the elements were facing, but otherwise stayed true to the original as best I could.

The one panel is a TechniqueJunkie technique from the current newsletter called Brayered Spots. This is the same technique I used on the time card (in pink) a few posts ago.

(click photo for detail)

Card measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

After I had brayered the spots panel, I realized the three colors had mixed together and caused some pretty hard-to-match tones!! LOL This card is better seen in person as the scan had a hard time picking up some of the more subtle tones. The grass is actually green but it doesn't show here.

All stamps used on this, except the alphabet which is PSX, the Antique set, are Stampin' Up! from the Along the Shore set. Ink colors are Adirondack Mushroom, SU True Thyme (last year's In-Color), Distress Weathered Wood, and Sea Shells Sea Grass.

The upper left corner was stamped with the shells in Mushroom, the text in True Thyme, and then swiped with a white pigment pad and the Sea Grass, to tone it down and better match it to the brayered panel. All bkgd panels were edged from the inkpads.

The main panel was colored in with a blender pen, adding the horizon line by hand, and stippling Sea Grass around the edges to add some yellow tones. I wanted to collage it up a little so I stamped the phrase over it on one side, and added an antiqued rope-border disc with a stamped insert as shown. This main panel was backed with a piece of True Thyme cs, and then a hand-cut frame using some super wide woven ribbon I picked up at Joann's.

If you have ribbon edges you worry about fraying, grab some Ranger's Matte Finish glue. It won't dry shiny :o) This tip was first brought to my attention by Debbie on her amazing blog, Thinking Inking.

Then I just pop-dotted the image panel and I was done.

Thanks for looking!


leenda said...

This is one awesome card Nancy! I feel like I'm there on the beach relaxing.

Shirley (Shirleyone) said...

Nancy, your card is gorgeous and that isn't enough. It is just beautiful. Now.....that said. I have been thinking about joining a challenge group. How do you do it?

MJ said...

This is just beautiful! I love the switch. Those colors are perfect for your design--very serene feeling. Love the whole card. Thanks so much for playing.

Desert Stamper said...

I just love the seashore and this I was awed by your card... one of the best I have seen on this challenge!! Love the rope border..really sets the whole card off. Connie, NM

Donna said...

As usual, an awesome creation, Nancy.
You can make any stamp/paper/ink/embellishment look great!


Manna said...

This is as lovely as to be expected! Love the colours!