Hello!  We have a fun sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I hope our participants like it as much as I do!  I think it’s a pretty versatile one, especially since our challenge hostess, Cathy, says that other shapes can be used in place of the squares shown on the sketch.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use my triptych tree die for it.  Because the tree is bare, I decided to make a wintry card.  I started by cutting a piece of shimmery white cardstock for the card base and making a wash of blue with gel sticks blended with a damp paper towel.  I used frosty white ink to add some snowy ground and falling snow.  It’s a thick, mostly opaque ink, really more like paint. While the inky paint was drying, I cut the card front from another piece of shimmery cardstock.  The triptych die fits nicely inside my largest stitched rectangle die, which makes it easy to cut that all in one pass.  I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock and used ink in the same shade of brown to stamp the sentiment.  Once the white paint was dry, I attached the card front to the base, and inlaid the brown die cuts into the square apertures.


sketch 271

The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to use items beginning with the letter “o”.  The different blue gel sticks I used give an ombre effect, and the white paint I used can be described as opalescent.  And as far as I can tell, that’s an oak tree, which would be found outdoors.

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see the terrific cards the rest of the design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you left them comments, too.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch!  Link your card to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 14.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko); gel sticks (Faber Castell)

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