I used the currentRetro Sketch to make this sweet birthday card. I used the adorable little monkey from the Reverse ConfettiMonkey Business stamp. I stamped the monkey, party hat, and balloons with some Black Licorice Hybrid ink. I used my Misti, so I could quickly ink the same images with versamark ink and then gave them a quick coating of clear embossing powder. The Misti allowed for perfect placement as I re-inked my images.
So let's talk about the coloring. OMG! I have been eyeing all the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers all summer long. I have also had numerous conversations with a handful of my crafty friends. I should have trusted my girls! They were all right. These markers are pretty awesome. If you are like me, you already have LOTS of mediums to water color with. I have never mastered any of them. In fact I don't use most of them, ever. So I really had no business buying more watercolor markers, BUT boy am I glad I did! With little effort, I was able to create some pretty cute water colored images. This monkey was the first one I did.
A couple tips....go ahead and emboss your image first. This helps with color bleeding if you are a little heavy handed on the water, like I am. The other tip I have for you is, go to YouTube and do some video watching. Do your homework. Just search Zig Clean Color markers and you'll see lots of choices. I love Jennifer McGuire's tutorials. There are also, many stores selling these markers. I shopped around and found a fantastic price on Amazon! Gotta love Prime 2 day shipping!
Once I finished coloring my images, I used the matching Monkey Business Confetti Cuts and quickly was able to cut out the images. I like to use washi tape to hold the dies in place as I run it through my Vagabond.
To finish off my card and following the sketch, I added in a strip of pretty scallops with the Double Edge Scallop Confetti Cut. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom right and then tied on some bakers twine.
I used a whole slew of TE Products to make this whimsical scene (Products are linked below). I think that little mouse is my favorite. Well, that and the fairy's sparkly wings. You can read all the details on the TE Blog, HERE.
I am so excited to be a part of the 200th celebration of the Freshly Made Sketch challenge. I have two posts today for this challenge, so be sure to check them both out. Lil' Inker Designs is one of the challenge sponsors. You can find all the details AND the link up over on the Freshly Made Sketch blog.
Here is my card using all kinds of lovelies from LID. I was dying to use the beautiful Quilted Flower die. I used all three pieces from the die to create my pretty yellow flower.
I am so excited to be a part of the 200th celebration of the Freshly Made Sketch challenge. I have two posts today for this challenge, so be sure to check them both out. Reverse Confetti is one of the challenge sponsors. You can find all the details AND the link up over on the Freshly Made Sketch blog.
Here is my card and it just makes me happy, Bright and sunny and full of cuteness thanks to the adorable Tweet Life stamp set.
At the top, I used the Wonky Double Edge Scallop die to create a cloudy card top and then added some Sun 'n clouds for a few extra accents. I stamped the sentiment in the left corner and mounted the whole panel on to