Wednesday, 3 August 2016

WWC79 - Kath's Sketch Challenge

I really enjoy sketch challenges!  Kath Ricks is our hostess for this week's challenge and the sketch challenge which she has posted lends itself to a lot of creative interpretation.  This time, however, I did not flip the sketch on its side or do anything else drastic to change it.

I had a clear idea of what I wanted to create using this sketch.  Actually, the scene I had in mind would have worked equally well no matter which way I had flipped the sketch.  That's one of the reasons I left it as presented.  Why bother changing the direction if, in the long run, it doesn't add to the design?

In my mind, I saw a frog on a lily pad with water rippling in the background.  The water was an easy choice.  I took a piece of Pool Party cardstock, cut the size of rectangle I wanted, and embossed it using the versatile Seaside embossing folder.  To emphasize the ripple effect, I sponged over the raised pattern using Pool Party ink and also added a bit of sponging to the perimeter of each piece once I cut the rectangle into three pieces.

Next came the lily pad and for that I had decided to use Emerald Envy cardstock cut using the largest circle of the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  I kept the centre cut-out and sponged it using Emerald Envy ink to give it more substance and have it stand out against the rest of the die-cut.  For fun I added a lily to the pad using Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum cardstocks cut using the small swirly circle.  I used the Blushing Bride die-cut and filled the negative bits from the Sweet Sugarplum into the blanks to add to the lily effect.

My frog was simply fun!  I love the little frog image from the Hostess set, Love You Lots, and stamped it on Shimmery White cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink.  Once that had dried, I used my Aquapainter to  bring him to life.  Finally I fussy-cut him and he was ready for the card.

My base is Whisper White Heavy cardstock followed by a layer of Island Indigo.  Then I've added the embossed Pool Party pieces.  The swirly area of the lily pad is simply glued in place but the centre is raised slightly on Dimensionals.  The lily, on the other hand, is simply glued in place.  My frog is raised on Dimensionals, showing up nicely against the lily.  A tiny heart cut from Red Glimmer paper with the Owl Builder Punch completes my card.

There are some wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists posted to our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I hope you'll join us and link your own card this week.


  1. I love your frog! You use of sketch is perfect!

    1. Thanks so much, Kath. I'm beginning to discover that I can make those swirlies become almost anything I want them to be. And I love that frog, too.

  2. Heidi what a great idea you put into play with this sketch challenge. I love all the critters from Love You Lots, but this little frog is just a delight! The embossed ripples really bring the pond into focus and the swirly bird framelits worked perfectly for the lily pad. I like how you layered them. This is such a great card!

    1. Thanks so much, Penny. I really didn't like those swirly designs when they came out but got them because I saw so many great creations using them. I'm still working against my instinctive dislike of them, but little by little they're growing on me. They did work very well for the lily pad and lily that I wanted for the sketch.


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