Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A sketch challenge card ~ on time!!!

Good morning!! It's Wednesday, & that means it's SCS sketch challenge day!! This has always been my favorite challenge, because layouts do not come easily for me. I swore once my kids started school that I would do each one ~~~ on the day they are posted!! Well, I think this is the first week that has actually happened, & I probably only got it done because I colored the image last night.


I got something fun in the mail yesterday ~ my new Peerless watercolors!! I first saw these last year on Gina K's blog & they've been on my wish list ever since. But ~~ I stink at watercoloring & I know it, so I did wait to purchase them. After my failed attempts at watercoloring with reinkers, I realized that no matter what I will never be Anna Wight. Not even when I grow up. For some reason I thought the Peerless would be easier & bought them anyway. Well, it's not the medium ~ it's what I'm using to apply the color. I just can't get the hang of that darn Niji waterbrush. I even bought a smaller one online, thinking the other one I had from Michael's was a lemon. Last night I got so frustrated at the amount of water coming out that I finally emptied it. Which defeats the purpose of having a waterbrush, right?? Well, I still like the brush a lot ~~ the bristles are just better than a regular paintbrush. So I used it that way, with a little jar of water. I guess for my first attempt, it didn't turn out too badly, but as with everything else I will need lots of practice!!

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with Stazon, then went to work. I didn't like how my pumpkins turned out, so I stamped a second image, colored the pumpkins differently, cut them out & popped them up on dimensionals. The pattern paper is from Karen Foster, & the olive & orange layers are DCWV papers run through my Cuttlebug. Love that Swiss Dots folder ~~ the Swirls folder was my favorite until the dots folder came out!! I added some ribbon, Dew Drops & lots of Primas & punched leaves. I HAD a ribbon blob on there (my version of Pam Bassett's ribbon blossom) BUT I had an accident. Actually two. First, I cut myself with the Cutter Bee's that I almost threw away because I thought they were getting dull. I guess they still work well on skin. Secondly, I used some Fray Check on my ribbon ends. I love using organdy ribbon but it frays so easily. Well, I was wondering why it was so sticky ~~I accidentally grabbed the Fabri-Tac!!! That'll learn me to double check the bottle before applying!! At this point I was so disgusted that I took the whole blob off & started over, adding just a few pieces of ribbon. Not as pretty as a blossom, but a blossom/blob with blood all over it isn't very pretty either.

I leave you with a picture of my mums. I planted these the first fall we lived here ~~ 2002. My, how it's grown!!! It spreads every year & now the entire plant (which I couldn't even fit into the picture) is about 10 times as big as it was when I planted it.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!!!!

9 comments:

daydreams505 said...

Hi Michelle! It's me, Michelle (daydreams505)! I found your blog and love it! Cheers!

Kathy ~~~ said...

what a darling card. Love your creativity.

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

I love your Autumnal card Michelle and I think your colouring looks fabulous, I have the Koi brushes and like you don't use them with the water in as I feel I can't control it. Thank you for tagging me. I did this not so long ago so will pass this time, Big Hugs, Nikki x

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Well, I think you've done a FABULOUS job! =) Remember what I said about there being just enough water that you "glisten" when you brush the brush on your skin. =)

Tammi said...

Oh wow Michelle, what a gorgeous fall card!! I don't remember that image, it's cute! I love all your pumpkins, the dew drops on the sides, your coloring is great, and great sketch, love what you did with it! Ouch on the cut!! And your mum's are so pretty!

Tori Wild said...

I just ordered some peerless watercolors to try them out-- I saw some bella's colored with them and ordered some bella's and the peerless. Your card looks great with them, so if it takes a cup of water with a brush, than so be it! :) I get frustrated with my aquabrush sometimes as well-- seems like it fans out sometimes!

specialcraftmom4 said...

What a great card! Your coloring is wonderful (: I am so critical of myself too (:
Wow, I didn't know I could plant a mum and have it come back!!!! I am so garden dumb, LOL!

Jovita said...

Very cute card! I know what you mean, sometimes it's hard to keep up with the challenges.

Hope you're having a wonderful week ~ j

Amy said...

This card is FANTASTIC Michelle! You colouring on that adorable stamp is great! I love the flowers and the little leaf parts... is that a punch?

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