It's time for a sketch challenge! This week Deborah Smart has created an awesome sketch challenge for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. I love sketches because they can be flipped onto their sides, turned upside down or, of course, used precisely the way they're shown. It's always a choice. I really liked Deborah's sketch but it just wouldn't work for what I had in mind.
I toyed with the idea of using Designer Series Paper for my background. But I knew what I wanted and that design simply wasn't available---and so I stamped what I wanted, of course. The base for my card is the Heavy Whisper White and then I've added a layer of Pacific Point which I covered with images from the Balloon Celebration stamp set. Why that set? Because I wanted it to look like the bright blue sky was covered with floating dandelion seeds and stars. I heat embossed the dandelion seeds using White Embossing Powder and the stars using Silver Embossing Powder. I left an open area on the lower left side for my sentiment, from the Thoughtful Banners set, which I also heat embossed using the White Embossing Powder.
My little fairy is stamped using Archival Basic Gray ink and then watercoloured using my AquaPainter and my Stampin' Up! inks. Once it dried, I double matted it, first with a narrow layer of Pacific Point and then with a layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. Across the top of the card I added a strip of the striped Affectionately Yours Designer Washi tape as well as a narrower strip of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
I'm so happy with the way the card turned out. You can see why it had to be turned on its end. My image would never have fit if I had used the horizontal layout.
I hope you'll check out the other Watercooler Artists' creations at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing your card linked up to our challenge.