Sometimes I love having a design all mapped out for me. That is basically what a card sketch does. It shows you where each element will go - and it's like following a road map on a road trip.
That's what we have for this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Libby gave us this road map - er, sketch - to work with:
A sketch can be done in several ways. It can be followed as is, or it can be flipped on its side. Also, each element does not necessarily have to be a piece of cardstock, designer paper or an actual embellishment. To me, this sketch seemed like it should be a square card instead of the standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I made mine 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".
I set myself a personal challenge with this card - to use the lobster stamp from the By the Tide stamp set. This is a stamp set I ordered as soon as it came out in the catalogue a couple of years ago (I don't remember the year). And I've used every stamp in the set, except the lobster.
Because the lobster is sort of oval shaped, I used it for the oval element in the sketch. After stamping it with Staz-on Black Ink onto Thick Whisper White card stock, I was kind of stumped on how to colour it. I've seen many cards with the lobster coloured bright red. But, they are only bright red after they are cooked. So, I Googled lobster images and looked at many, many photos of live lobsters.
Also, I went to Pinterest for ideas and came across a fabulous video from Tami White - who lives in New England and is very familiar with lobsters! She used Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler to colour her lobster. It was exactly what I was looking for. Very simple to colour, then I fussy cut it.
Timeless Textures had great images to stamp the backgrounds in Pool Party. For the three elements on the top right hand side, I used the stamp from By the Tide, inked in Lost Lagoon and stamped off three times.
For the horizontal element, I used a strip of the corrugated paper, which is retiring the end of this month. I love it for its texture.
Around the edges of the Crumb Cake card base, I stamped another one of the fabulous textures from Timeless Textures in Crumb Cake ink.
As a finishing touch, I spattered Clear Wink of Stella over everything, and painted some areas of the lobster with it.
Here is a close-up:
The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set, and I thought it was perfect for a lobster card. Not sure what else one would put on a card with a lobster! Except maybe, Bon Appetite - hmmm - have to look for a stamp that says that.
We would love it if you visited the Watercooler Wednesday challenge site and shared your interpretation of this fun sketch. All the Watercooler Artists have come up with great things to inspire you.
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