WPlus9 Get Sketchy Challenge

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Hi Everyone! Guess what? Two days in a row I’ve posted cards for you! So proud of myself. LOL! This card makes me happy, because I’ve been working on creating a night sky with distress inks for weeks now. This is the first card that I’ve liked enough to post…And I think this Winter Wonderland stamp set from WPlus9 is lovely! It worked very well for the  WPlus9 Get Sketchy Challenge.

First, I cut the snow banks using Lawn Fawn’s stitched dies and taped those onto the card base to mask . Also, I traced around a circle and used my new Molotow masking marker to mask a moon. After that dried, I used Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks to sponge the sky. I don’t know about you guys, but I have problems getting a soft, non-stripey looking background with my distress inks. I’ve watched countless videos, tried numerous techniques, and practiced too many times to count. I still get streaks, swipes, and skids. Eeeeeeek! What is the secret? I know it’s not the ink, but I’ve got to figure this out.

I rubbed/peeled the masking from the moon, and it pulled some paper up. It actually isn’t noticeable, but I’ve obviously got to practice using this masking fluid a little more. It would show on something bigger or more prominent, but actually it gives this moon texture that I kind of like.

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Then I pulled the two bottom snowbanks off the base, and distressed the top one using broken china at the bottom as snow shadows. Next I stamped the trees using my Fiskars stamp. I followed this process with each snowbank, because I was worried that I wouldn’t get a clear tree stamp with multiple layers. I just had to line the stamp up perfectly each time to the previous tree stamp. Now that I think about it, I would probably stamp everything at the same time and just fill in with a pen or marker afterward. I’m still learning day-by-day!

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I added the sentiment using VersaMark and silver tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. Next I stamped all of the animals using black Archival Ink, and used the coordinating dies to cut each from Neenah cardstock. After placing each animal, I used glossy accents and white glitter to add snow to the ground, and stamped the snowflakes using a water and Perfect Pearls mixture. Finally, I used foam tape to add the top layer to a Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock silver trim and black Simon Says Stamps base card.

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There’s so much that I like about this card! The glow of the moon in the night sky with distress inks. The stark contrast of black shadows with the soft glitter snow. The quiet feeling of peacefulness from the imagined scene… It all makes me smile. What do you think?

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Thanks again for joining me! I can’t wait to see how you interpret the Get Sketchy Challenge. I’m always inspired by WPlus9 stamps and the amazing design team. Love and sketches!

Erin

6 thoughts on “WPlus9 Get Sketchy Challenge

  1. I really love the inking on this card! The way the moon brightens up the blue in the sky and transitions to dark is gorgeous. The silhouettes of the two animals is gorgeous too. Love your take on this sketch challenge!

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  2. I saw your card in the Line up over at WPlus9 and just had to come here and tell you that this is incredibly stunning! Your blending looks perfect to me. Do you use sponges or those little felt things for your blending tool? I used to use the felt things but got streaks and lines as well. The sponges work much better for me. Just a thought to share. Beautiful card!!

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    1. Hi Birgit! Thank you soooooo much for stopping by, and especially for leaving me a comment. I’m so excited!!!!! Yes, I use the sponges, but I still struggle. I even pat a little ink off on scrap paper, and start off the paper before moving onto it. I just work at moving everything that isn’t perfect so that it’s hidden. LOL! I’m beginning to think that having full-size ink pads (and not the mini’s) would make a difference. I have a few full-size and I think it’s better when I use those. What do you think?

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