Hi and hello!
Today's card was created for the April Magnolia-Licious Sketch Challenge. Each month, a different member of the Design Team creates a fun sketch to play with.
I took a bit of creative license and flipped the sentiment because I was dying to use my new Easter stamps; it is a very basic sketch that allows you to add your personality and loads of layers, or to keep it simple if oyu would rather do that.
I created a background using Autumn Leaves Flourishes V.1 clear stamps with VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit and Sahara Sand chalk inks, traced with a bit of Stickles. The colors may not be traditional Easter colors, but again, I couldn't help myself, I am on a pink and brown kick.
The sentiment is from the Easter Lily set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps; it is die cut with a Sizzlet that I got from Stampin' Up!, and Nestabilities Ovals.
I added the tiniest bit of white flocking powder around the edge of the lamb for a soft, fuzzy look that still allows the color work to be seen.
The flower on the Bible is propped up three images high for punch, and centered with a flatback pearl. I spent the most time coloring the top layer, but did color the edges of each image under so that no white would peak through. I used a lot of foam dots in different heights.
The Hellebore Flowers have a bit of Liquid Applique applied in the centers. I cut the scissors right through the petals, then shaped them. They are so gorgeous, and come in the set of two. These flowers are from the Winter 2008 collection but are so perfect for spring.
Recently on the Magnolia-Licious group we were asked how we cut our images out to get a smooth look without lines showing.
I cut through the images themselves at times in order to get into tiny spaces, then piece them back together like puzzle pieces.
In this photo you can see cutting right between the hair and her shoulder to get at the tiny little spaces by her cheeks. I didn't need to tape my cut work to fix the image here, but sometimes you do. If you cut neatly it will fit right back and look seamless.
When you cut, be sure to cut in an even, single motion, moving the paper rather than your scissors for a seamless cut.
Finally, I run my marker along the edge of the cuts, matching the color of the marker to the color of the area colored (ie Skin White along the face, a pink along the dress). If you used many colors, go with the medium color.
If you play in the sketch challenge, be sure to mail a picture of your card to Diana Crick at Diana Crick ladydian(at)shaw.ca so that she can post it in the Magnolia-Licious gallery! Also, if you haven't joined yet be sure to join up for the Magnolia-Licious Group at Yahoo - members get special perks like free shipping in the US and Canada, a discount code, and free treats with every order. This month's discount code is being revealed to members today.