Well, I finally finished my sketch challenge card. Whew! For some reason, the branch photographed looking kind of red/orange to me. However, I am on photograph overload, so you are just going to have to picture it a browner color in your mind!
This sketch challenge was provided by Card Positioning Systems, and I wanted to participate. Part of the reason why it took so long was I wanted to brayer the background. This usually doesn't take very long because I normally use white glossy paper and a Kaliedacolor ink pad. However, for this card, I wanted to use certain blue colors and they were blending TOO well on glossy paper. I was ending up with a solid blue piece of cardstock. What is the point of brayering if you can't see the different colors? Here is a breakdown of the card:
First, I stamped some owls by AMuse onto cream cardstock with a black Memento pad. I stamped multiple owls because I was making more than one card at once. I then colored the owls with Copic markers.
For the background, I stamped a branch from another AMuse set with brown pigment ink and embossed it with clear powder. I colored the insides of the leaves green, covered them with VersaMark ink from a pen, and embossed again in clear. This step was wasted because I ended up cutting out leaves and layering them on the card....explanations later! I then brayered back and forth and back and forth with my Cloudy Blue ink. I must have inked the brayer about four times and rolled it onto the paper multiple times between inkings.
I repeated those steps with the Sailboat Blue ink over the top 2/3rds of the card. I made sure not to cover up all that I had already done.
I finished brayering with the darkest blue ink over the top of the card. Remember, this was regular cardstock, so I had to go back and forth and back and forth to blend and get rid of lines. Have I said this enough yet? :)
I cut the card into three strips to match the sketch layout. I edged the pieces with the dark blue ink pad because the cuts showed the cream paper underneath. I also sponged some black ink to the top. This picture also shows how I stamped the owl again onto the bottom panel so that I could glue a little owl body on top. I did it this way so that I wouldn't have to cut out little owl feet. I added a saying with black ink, popped up the owl on top of the feet, punched out a yellow circle and popped it up on the card, and added "stars" with a stardust pen. I ended up cutting out leaves for the branches because I made the mistake of inking the entire branch with brown ink. By the time I embossed the branch, there was very little of the leaves left to color. I wanted more green on the leaves, so I cut some out freehand with green paper. Hope this tutorial helped!