Friday, December 7, 2018

Sponged Background with Dashing Deer for Freshly Made Sketches

Whew! What a week! I've felt like I've been playing catch up ever since just before Orlando, but this week was really hectic. There was the clean up after the prep for the Craft Fair and that was like Hurricane Hannah hit the Craft Cave. Then I was late getting my newsletter out, but spent a whole morning with one member of our sponsored family at the walk in clinic. I spent a short time there myself Monday afternoon, getting my left thumb stitched up where I cut it with my large, sharp scissors! And it was so sore! It's my dominant thumb, so it's been really slowing down production, not being able to write or craft with the proper use of that digit! Then we had our Team Christmas Party and I was frantically trying to finish the "handmade gift" for our gift exchange. Plus I had to prepare for for my Christmas Gift Tag class last night. Throw in the pre-order and a couple of last minute Christmas orders for customers and you get the picture. I've had a couple of 3 am nights in there.

But, this is my last blog post for the week, and I'm so glad I get to use it to play along with Freshly Made Sketches' Challenge #366 this week: 

This is intriguing for a number of reasons - the choice in shape, the ways you could form the stripes in the background and the size of the background. Finally, this can be used as a DT Call audition. Here's how I interpreted the sketch:

  • Using Post-It Note Tape (boy, that stuff is useful) I created sponged stripes up an area of about 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" using colours matching a sunrise in a way, from Night of Navy through Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Pool Party to Blushing Bride and back again.
  • At the higher stripes, I laid down a 2"Circle punch mask, using Full Adhesive Post It Notes, to create a moon, or sun. Once the sponging of the stripes was complete, I sponged a very little light layer of Blushing Bride on the circle to take away the starkness of the white.
  • The deer, from the Dashing Deer stamp set, is stamped in Basic Gray and die cut with the Detailed Deer framelits and backed with the same die cut in Silver Glimmer Paper, like a glittering light highlight.
  • The sentiment is from Dashing Deer and is stamped in Night of Navy and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch and backed with Silver Glimmer paper.
  • I added some rhinestones as accents. A fairly simple looking card, but it took awhile to accomplish.

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Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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  1. I love that background! Beautiful card!

  2. I love the colors you've used for your pretty background. And I love how you've stacked the reindeer to show a peek of sparkle. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  3. Your take on the sketch is really wonderful! Love the fun colors on this and the great sparkle you added. So glad to see you this week at FMS and thanks for entering our DT call!


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