Friday, April 24, 2015

there is sketchy goodness... ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this fortnight, courtesy of our awesome resident sketch-maker, miss stephanie:

pretty fab, right? you could basically take that thing ANYWHERE! at the moment, as you may know, i'm pretty addicted to water color paints and hand lettering, so i thought i'd try to incorporate a bit into my card:

watercolor paper: strathmore; paints: artist's loft; pen: faber castell pitt w/XS tip plus a grey tombow for shadow; patterned paper: echo park, dcwv; scalloppy ribbon/trim stuff: my mind's eye; white glossy cardstock: paper accents; glitter from michaels attached with the BEST GLUE PEN EVER, that elisabeth from paper anthology recommended and she was soooooo RIGHT: sakura quickie glue pen; ink: ranger archival; other adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

the nice thing... or at least, one of the nice things... about a sketch with segments is that you can put something different into each; thus i was able to work the sentiment on a separate piece of watercolor paper just in case it didn't come out well on the first try. i also had fun painting a bunch of multi-colored holly leaves using a cool "wet into wet" method i saw on a blog somewhere (which, alas, i cannot find now, sorry) where you paint the shape with clear water and then add brushfuls of a few different shades of green and let them mix, randomly. in the midst of fussy-cutting those (especially the tiny flippin' BERRIES!!!) i was wishing pretty strongly i had just drawn a circle like the sketch has and put the leaves INSIDE it... but i do like the texture and dimension the cut-out leaves give the panel, so it was worth it in the end.

well i think i'll stop typing now, so you'll have time to hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and see stephanie's beautiful card! ciao, darlings!


  1. Love your card Lauren, the holly leaves and berries are wonderful (how in the heck did you cut out those berries? !) and your hand lettering and shading are spot on perfect!

  2. Ohhhhh so pretty! I love the sketch and your take on it, I also loved seeing your inspiration for your card on your journal page on another post! You are so uber talented lady!!


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