Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bloggers challenge #120 Sketch Challenge

(I am working early Friday, so am posting late Thursday night- the other blogger Challenge players go live Friday AM).

I love Sketch Challenges- I think they really stretch me and make me look at things in a different perspective than I normally do.   For this challenge, I again choose to use DSP in the background.  This is not really my usual style, but a nice person on the LNS  (Late Night Stampers is a yahoo group for SU only projects)  group let me in on a DSP 'buy' she was having, so I have samples from a number of different groups of papers, which I really like.  The color I picked out to use is a new in-color.  I am really enjoying this color- it  is called
Soft Suede. The DSP is called Autumn Traditions from SU.


 I wanted to showcase a stamp set from Firecracker Designs called Riley Raccoon for my card. He fits perfectly with the color of the DSP, don't you think?
  I went to my favorite handy dandy SU color wheel on line to see what colors go well with Soft Suede.  I used reinker for Soft Suede, as I do not have the marker, and set off to do the marker Colorwash technique..... I try this so much, and never get the looks on my cards like Lisa Sommerville of the Technique Junkies.  Then it occurred to me- I did not use watercolor paper....duh......... oh well, never give up, never give up....... Here are the details for my card:
  I stamped Riley in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Colored him in with an Aqua painter using Soft Suede reinker, then River Rock reinker, Close to Cocoa and a light touch of Choc Chip-markers scribbled on a CD case and also aqua painted.  The log and mushrooms are painted in Soft Suede, the leaves in Old Olive. The raccoon face 'mask' and the lower base in Black marker and then aquapainter over the marker. Finally, the sky was watercolored in Soft Sky.  I did not like Riley directly on the Soft Suede, so cut out a medium circle from Saraha Sand, then backed with pinking circle nestability in Soft Suede.
  Next I stitched the DSP to the base of the card with a zig-zag stitch.  Next, the up and down strip was zig-zagged. I sewed the 1/2" Soft Suede ribbon on so the polka dots are down......using a straight stitch.  Now, if you decide to do this, just make sure the card is open.......ask me how I know this......hahahaha.      
  Next, according to the sketch, I need to add something at the top and the bottom of the ribbon strip area.  I used a new TJ technique called Decorated Pretties- used Soft Suede to dye them....and then added a blue Dew Drop in the center.
  Now, on to the sentiment- I stamped it on White CS, and layered it on Sahara Sand then Soft Suede.  I was enjoying sewing, so stitched a little more so to bring the card all together. I added 3 more Dew Drops in the Top Right corner to satisy my odd numbers are appealing to the eye rule......... The finished card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. 
  Thanks for stopping by- you can see more Bloggers Challenge cards by clicking on this link

Have a great day!  Stay warm........

Shelly

21 comments:

Vicki said...

Shelly, this a beautiful card! Love the papers and the raccoon image! Great job! Blessings to you!

Donna Moore said...

I love this little guy! Awesome card, great layout!

Tiffany Bauer said...

you did a great job with this awesome sketch!! your image is too cute!!

Connie said...

What a cute image! I have some wonderful pictures of baby raccoons that look like this! Great job...

Lisa Somerville said...

Love the image and color combination - very pretty!

Lorie said...

Oh, how cute! I love that image!

Robin Merriman said...

Very cute Shelly! what a sweet image too!

Ida P. Krause said...

Very cute Shelly - That little Raccoon looks so sweet.

njburk said...

Can't believe I'm the first to post on Riely--he's GREAT!!! You did a wonderful job on your card for this week' challenge.
Best, Nola

Nikki Bond said...

Very cute! Love tht image...the the DSP is fabulous with it! {SMILES}

Margaret Raburn said...

Yes, that Soft Suede and the raccoon look so good together! Oh my, what eyes he has! Great card!

Lisa Bohler said...

Wow! Your raccoon is gorgeous! You really captured the look of this sketch!! Beautiful!

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Cute! Great DP for that little guy!

Basement Stamper said...

Great card, love that paper with the image!

Lori said...

How cute is that raccoon?? The image works perfectly with the designer paper.

Chrissy D said...

Shelly this is super sweet! Love this image and you did a great job with the sketch and your choice of colors! TFS!

Kathy said...

This is great. Love the effect you got with the reinkers and aqua painter, so soft. The dsp is a great background, and your sentiment with Riley is terrific! Really great card.

Connie Paxman said...

ooohhh such wonderful midtones....and love the PP..an adorable card.
connie paxman

Paige said...

Great card! You did a fantastic job coloring the image!

Selene Kempton said...

This is so cool! Beautiful coloring and I love that stamp!

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Wow! Great image--so lifelike! Great card!