Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HLS July Sketch Challenge



Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the July Sketch Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  Not only is there a fun and easy sketch to play with this month, but we also have our new Design Team starting today.  Check out the challenge HERE to see the amazing cards from our talented group of card makers! :)  Kylie and I are excited to be joined by Asa, Birgit, Gloria, Joyce, Kim, Melissa, Sue and Tanja.  Welcome ladies!!

Here's the sketch ...



So easy, right??!!  I know I'll be using this sketch A LOT! :)

I started my card by spraying with yellow watercolour spray for the background.  It's a very bright yellow, so I randomly sprayed and then blotted up right away with a paper towel to tone down the colour just a bit.  To me it looks like sunshine behind the flowers. :)

Then I stamped my image in waterproof black ink ... several times using my Misti. This is the best stamping tool EVER!  It's really difficult to get a clean, dark impression on watercolour paper, and this allowed me re-ink and stamp several times.

I put a few drops of my watercolour liquid concentrate (orange and magenta) into a paint palette and added a little water.  I happily sloshed over top of my flowers, giving them a two-tone colouring.  I took the same two colours and splattered the background to add interest.  To finish off, I added gold liquid pearls to the centers of the flowers, and stamped the sentiment onto a small, white banner.

Our sketch challenge is open all month, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun! :)








Stamps:  Blossom Bunch (Stampendous)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Watercolour Liquid Concentrate in orange and magenta (Dick Blick)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow w/c spray (Dick Blick), paintbrush, gold liquid pearls

Challenges:
HLS July Sketch Challenge

26 comments:

Anita in France said...

A sunny and splendid bouquet of sweet blooms, Loll ... the magenta and orange really pop against that lovely sunny sprayed background! Anita :)

Bonnie said...

All that sloshing and splattering sounds like fun, Loll! It sure makes a pretty, sunny card!

Lisa Lara said...

What a fun sketch, I gotta play. I just love those sweet little flowers and your flecks in the background Loll.

Sue said...

Beautifully sunny card, Loll. I like your background and great use of the sketch.

Birgit said...

Loll, this is as sweet as can be! I just love reading the details of your crafty process. It's so artsy and makes me want to get more ink on my fingers when I play. Thanks for the warm welcome and this fun opportunity to join you all!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Lovely fresh colours Loll! Love the spritzing and spraying going on behind those lovely bold flowers! Hazel xx

Kim Heggins said...

Loll....this is absolutely beautiful. Love your sweet orange posies and that background is stunning.

ÅsaJ said...

Thanks for the welcoming! This feels so much fun!
Yes isn't that a lovely sketch!!!
Love your colorful take on the sketch. It makes me happy! Hugs Åsa

Joyce said...

This is just gorgeous. Love the background you created and that bunch of flowers is so sweet--great way to treat the flower centers as well.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Loll, love these happy colours and the background looks amazing, Cathy x

nancy littrell said...

Oh Loll....Gorgeous watercolored flowers and watercolored and spritzed background :-) Looks like your MISTI tool worked beautifully too :-) TFS mf. Love the sketch and so fun seeing all the new HLS Sketch Challenge DT's beautiful and creative samples :-)

Pam said...

What a fabulous card with your gorgeous watercolored blooms. Love that background!

Kylie said...

I just love the flowers you have used. Gorgeous sprayed background and the perfect colours xx

Valerie Nolan said...

Beautiful card Loll those flowers really pop against that inky background!
Val x

Jacquie said...

Beautiful Loll, love the flowers and that background is gorgeous. Thank you for the info on the crackle glaze and paste I will have to give it a go lol!

Love & hugs
Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Inkyfingers said...

This is gorgeous Loll and I love your beautiful background - it really makes the flowers pop!
Hugs
Carol x

Gloria said...

Gorgeous card Loll!
The colours and flowers are so beautiful!
xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such a fun bunch of flowers!

Bobby said...

You've given me more inspiration on using those flowers, Loll. The background is beautiful for showing them off. May I ask what waterproof ink you're using? I've been playing with my Zig brush pens and having trouble with bleeding. I know I can clear emboss but don't want to all the time.

Loll said...

I always use Archival ink by Ranger ... it's waterproof and works great with watercolouring. Staz-on would work as well. xx

Deepti said...

Beauty!

Lee-Anne said...

Such a beauty! The background really sets off those gorgeous flowers, Loll! Love the colors!

Tanja said...

love the color combo and the beautiful watercolor spray background

nwilliams6 said...

Another fun card with that sketch. I am going to have to try and play too. I like the happy and positive feel of this one. Hugz

Brenda said...

Wow, what a pretty card Loll! I love that splattered and sprayed background, those flowers are just lovely, love the color of them. Great take on the sketch! Hugs, Brenda

sue t. said...

So pretty! Cheerful and happy, just like us happy little stampers!!