Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Fall Y’All… SFF100110 Sketch Challenge

I love the holiday season… especially Christmas, it’s such a happy and decorative time, so full of eye candy!  I suppose that’s why I often jump right into making Christmas cards… EARLY.  Not that they are mailed any sooner… but I do enjoy making Christmas cards (could you tell?) 

So… it wasn’t really that much of a surprise when a few of my customers asked me when we were going to do fall cards… Yikes!!  That, said, today’s Sketch Frenzy Friday card has a fall theme… uses a fall stamp set, fall designer series paper, and coordinating cardstock and ink as well…

So Happy Fall Y’All… or Awesome Autumn!  AND… I’m sharing a happy creative discovery I made while making this card… scroll down to see TIPS and TECHNIQUES… so grab your cardstock, paper, and ink, I’m sure you’ll want to play along!

Today’s Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team Sketch has very clean and simple lines, so it was very easy to come up with a card using this sketch!  I hope you’ll play along with the Design team and upload your cards to the Sketch Frenzy Friday Team Blog!


And in keeping with my (new:) Fall Theme, here is my card using fabulous, awesome and fun Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper, Autumn Harvest, En Francais, and Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets!  Here’s my card based on the sketch challenge:


Lots of fall colors going on here… Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla Cardstock… I know, lots of layers… but don’t you think it really pulls everything together?  I use Multi Liquid Adhesive by Tombow to attach my layers, so they’re not moving, coming apart or going anywhere once attached.  The Multi Liquid Adhesive is best applied in tiny, thin lines or small dots… a little goes a very long way, which makes it very a very cost effective adhesive for today’s economy as well.

I have to tell you I did something very different on this card.  Can you tell by looking at the photo?  Hint:  It has to do with coloring the pumpkin and leaves.  Or maybe you just don’t want to know? 

Of course you do… that’s why you’re still here, right? 

TIP:  I decided to be a bit lazy when coloring my pumpkin, take a little shortcut.  Instead of grabbing the stamp pad or marker and aqua painter with which I would have traditionally colored in the pumpkin and leaves, I grabbed a sponge dauber… hmm. 

TECHNIQUE:  After stamping the pumpkin onto a scrap of very vanilla cardstock, I simply inked up my sponge dauber and began swirling on color from the outside edges of the stamped image towards the middle… similar to how you would use a stencil brush or sponge.  When doing this, you really want to leave a lighter shadow or highlight towards the middle of the image and sponge darker along the outer edges… kind of simple and easy to do, and it doesn’t matter if you go outside the lines… you’re going to cut the image out anyway!!

RESULTS:  See photo (above)

So… that worked pretty well, thinking to myself… I wonder if it would also work for a bed of leaves?

TIP:  Cut cardstock to size, and use a sponge dauber and Old Olive Classic Ink to color your bed of leaves!  The first I did the background bed of leaves as shown in the photo/card above… it worked perfectly, so I decided to do it again… Yikes… didn’t achieve the same results… so I backtracked and did it one more time…

TECHNIQUE:  Ink sponge dauber with Old Olive Classic Ink and LIGHTLY sponge ink in a swirling motion from the bottom edge of the cardstock upward and outward… you will automatically achieve light and dark areas, so no need to press hard, you can always add more.  A little goes a very long way, and the pumpkin will cover areas you may have colored too high.  Next:  Stamp the leaves in alternating directions, partially on/off the cardstock and over the Old Olive sponging.  It’s OK if the edges are not colored in totally… it’s ok if there are light and dark spots… that’s really what leaves look like anyway!

Isn’t that fun?  Can’t wait to share it with my Club Members next week, I know they’re going to love these tips & techniques for coloring images!

The next blog on the Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team Mini Blog Hop and Tour is Tammy Baldwin… can’t wait to see what she does with the sketch!  If you get lost along the way, you can use the blog roll list on my sidebar…. or go to the Sketch Frenzy Friday Blog where you can also upload your sketch based creation and play along with the Design Team this week… I love visiting your blogs and leaving comments on your beautiful cards!

See you tomorrow with another Super Saturday Tutorial… hmm, wonder what it will be this time?




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Memories by Brenda said...

Nice card Sharon!!

Anonymous said...

oh very nice!!!! Love it!

lisa808 said...

Love your card!!! Thanks for the sponging tip.

nana_cindy42 said...

Love this! You know how I love anything to do with Fall! And of course I love learning & doing different types of shading! Looking forward to Christmas card class!!!