Friday, January 26, 2007

Sketch Challenge 108

I had to rebel a little on the sketch challenge this week (once again I didn't look at it until Thursday...remember the gauge of how busy my week is?!) - I decided to mask off the blocks instead of trying to piece them...maybe I'll get another one done later in the week with actual layers! It's not quite a no-layer card, but it could have a lot more. I tried.

Stamp credits:

Lighthouse: originally from Stender Designs, now carried (I think) by Peddlers Pack

Map background - Hero Arts

Bird & Saying - TAC

Compass - Stampabilities

I used quilter's tape (just really skinny masking tape, 3/16" maybe?) to mask off the blocks, then stippled Adirondack espresso ink around the edges. The CS I used has a linen texture to it, so I lightly rubbed a Memories Soft Wheat inkpad over each area. All the stamping is done with Espresso ink. I did a little shading with a blender pen and watercolor pencil.

After I was done coloring, I went back and edged the blocks with watercolor pencil and blended with a waterbrush, intentionally going out of the lines a little bit here and there. After that was dry I went back in with a little bit darker Prismacolor pencil and defined the edges a little more.

The eyelets were not my original intention...I was going to cross ribbon there, but after I did it it was too distracting from the saying, so I went with the eyelets instead, though I was appalled at myself for using 8 eyelets on a card...yes, I horde.... Funny how ideas and cards evolve, no?

The saying says "We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own." Not sure who said it...but I like it...

1 comment:

  1. Dina...this looks terrific! You are so smart to have masked the image.